SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI (MAY 31, 2014) - The Frisco RoughRiders took a 3-0 lead over the Springfield Cardinals in the first inning and never looked back as they cruised to a 9-1 win at Hammons Field on Saturday night.
With the win, Frisco (33-21) ends the month of May with a 16-12 record and wins in seven of their last 10. The 'Riders advance to 3-1 on the current road swing with one game to play and are guaranteed to come home with a winning record on the trip.
Springfield (25-30) falls to 11-16 at Hammons Field this season and 10-13 against the south division.
Alec Asher (5-4) earned the win, his second straight against the Cardinals. Asher allowed one run and five hits over six innings with two walks and a strikeout.
Jacob Wilson spoiled Asher's shutout bid with a solo home run in the sixth inning. It was the first earned run allowed by the righty in 12 innings versus Springfield.
Sam Gaviglio (2-8) took the loss and leads the Texas League in that category. The 'Riders shelled the righty for seven runs and 11 hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
The 'Riders scored two late runs in an 8-4 defeat on Friday, and the momentum carried into Saturday's showdown. Frisco cracked 16 hits in the win, one shy of their season watermark.
Frisco ripped five consecutive hits off the starter Gaviglio in the first inning and jumped to an early 3-0 lead.
Tomás Telis opened the scoring with his 21st RBI of the season when he drove in Drew Robinson on a single to center.
Odubel Herrera and Chris Grayson each followed suit with respective base knocks to center to put the 'Riders up a triple.
After a Jake Smolinski sacrifice fly gave Frisco a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning, the RoughRiders turned on the jets in the fifth.
Five runs crossed the plate on four hits and Springfield fell into a nine-run hole. Jake Skole notched his second double of the game to bring a run across and kick start the scoring in the frame.
Guilder Rodriguez followed with a two-RBI single into right field and the 'Riders went up a walking stick at 7-0. G-Rod finished the game 4-for-5 at the plate. He also drove in a pair and a scored a run.
Smolinski ended the inning with bang as he ejected a ball to left field for his eighth home run of the season. Smolinski's first seven long balls this season were all solo shots, and he cranked the two-run shot with his parents in the seats.
The three-game set between the Cardinals and the RoughRiders concludes on Sunday, June 1 at 6:10 p.m. Coverage begins at 5:45 p.m. on www.ridersbaseball.com.
The 'Riders return to Dr Pepper Ballpark on Tuesday, June 3 to begin a four-game series with the San Antonio Missions. For tickets to see the 'Riders in 2014, call 972-731-9200, e-mail Info@RidersBaseball.com or visit www.ridersbaseball.com.