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RoughRiders edge Missions, even series at 1-109/08/2011 10:31 PM ET
By Brian Boesch / Frisco RoughRiders
Ben Snyder and three relievers propelled the RoughRiders to a 2-1, Game 2 victory over San Antonio Thursday night to even this best-of-five Texas League South Division Series at 1-1.
Snyder navigated out of multiple jams to post the series-tying victory for the RoughRiders. Snyder blanked the Missions during his six innings of work. The southpaw walked five and scattered three hits. San Antonio stranded eight runners during Snyder's effort, seven of which were left in the first three frames.
Behind Snyder, Richard Bleier allowed an RBI single to Blake Tekotte but posted two outs. Johan Yan set down all four Missions he faced. Texas League All-Star Justin Miller worked around a pair of walks in the ninth for the save.
The 'Riders scored for the first time in this series in the fourth inning. Tommy Mendonca led off the frame with a double, and Mike Bianucci followed with a single. Jonathan Greene then drove Mendonca home with an RBI single. Later in the frame, Engel Beltre chased home Bianucci with a groundout.
San Antonio starter Simon Castro worked the first seven innings, and he gave up those two runs on seven hits. Castro whiffed five and did not walk a batter. Both Jorge Reyes and Colt Hynes posted a scoreless frame of relief out of the bullpen for the Missions.
This series shifts to Dr Pepper Ballpark for Game 3 Friday night at 7:05. Frisco will send Carlos Pimentel to the mound against fellow right-hander Casey Kelly. Pre-game coverage along the RoughRiders Baseball Network begins at 6:35, and tickets are still available. Call (972) 731-9200 for more information.
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