The Frisco RoughRiders Win Streak Ends at 10

Published: Apr 20, 2014 20:36pm EDT
By shaunmerritt, Entertainment/Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Apr 20, 2014 @ 08:36pm EDT

 

The Frisco RoughRiders had grand designs of extending their franchise best 10-game win streak and sweeping their 4 game series with the Hooks. Corpus Christi had other ideas.

Things in the top of the first inning could not have gone worse for Frisco starting pitch Jerad Eickhoff.  After only giving up 2 runs in his previous two starts, Eickhoff gave up 4 in the frame, and 6 total for the day. He got the first two batters to ground out and hit some trouble as he issued two straight walks To Andrew Aplin and Preston Tucker. The net two batters, Matt Duffy and Leo Heras, hit back-to-back home runs and the Hooks quickly built a 4-0 lead. The Riders tried to rally in the bottom of the frame by getting their first two batters on base, but could do score either one.

 The next inning did not fair much better for the Riders either. Eickhoff got Rene Garcia to ground out to start the inning, but Telvain Nash hit a home run and the Hooks’ lead was padded to make it 5-0. Things were not looking good for the 3,384 fans in attendance.

However, those Riders’ bats, who had been absent the first two innings, came alive in the bottom of the 3rd. Hooks starter Matt Heidenreich, who had retired 6 straight batters, gave up a lead off single to Chris Grayson. He got both Guilder Rodriguez and Roughned Odor to ground out, but then walked Jake Smolinksi. A single by Jordan Brown would score Grayson, giving the Riders their first run of the day. Trever Adams would keep the momentum going by hitting a homerun, cutting the Hooks lead to 5-4.  The next batter Drew Robinson would single and then score on a double by Ryan Rua, tying the game at 5-5. The rally would sadly be stopped when Zach Zaneski stuck out to end the inning.

The Riders hope was short lived, as the Hooks would score the very next inning and regain the lead on a triple by Chris Epps and a single by Joe Sclafani. Each team would get their lead off man on base in the 5th inning, but neither team was able to do anything with it. Each team would then go down in order in the 6th.

Hooks’ reliever Tommy Shirley came in the bottom of the 7th inning and would go on to strike out 5 straight batters. The Hooks would add an insurance run the top of the ninth, and Shirely would send the Riders down in for a third straig time in the 9th, earning the save. 

The Hooks won the game by a final score of 7-5.

Jared Eickhoff was charged with the loss and Hooks reliever Andrew Robinson was awarded the win.

Frisco will start a four game series against the San Antonio Missions monday night. Luke Jackson will take the mound for Frisco, and a starter for the Missions has yet to be announced. 

 

Games Notes:

Hooks 3B Matt Duffy was easily the star of the day. He went 3 for 5 with two singles and a home run, tallying 4 total RBIs.

Former Frisco Rough Rider Luis Sardinas was called up by the Texas Rangers and saw some action today as a late inning replacement. He got his first hit, a single, in his first at bat.

 

 

 


 

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