SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (July 8, 2017) - Eric Aguilera went 2-4 with a double and a home run, but the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, dropped Saturday's series opener 11-4 against the Springfield Cardinals at Hammons Field.
- Eric Aguilera doubled in a run in the sixth inning and slammed a solo home run in the eighth inning to lead the way for the Riders.
- Anthony Garcia blasted a pair of long balls for Springfield, hitting a solo shot in the sixth and clubbing a three-run home run in the seventh. Jacob Wilson went back-to-back with Garcia in the seventh, the fourth and final homer for the Cardinals in Saturday's win.
- Trailing 4-1 into the sixth, the Riders cut the Springfield lead to 4-3, scoring on Aguilera's RBI double and Andy Ibanez's RBI single in the sixth. The rally was curtailed when Springfield outfielder Randy Arozarena robbed Michael De Leon of a two-run home run at the left field wall to end the inning.
KEY RIDERS PERFORMERS
- Eric Aguilera: 2-4, double, home run, two RBIs, two runs
- Luke Tendler: 1-3, RBI, run, walk
- Andy Ibanez: 1-4, RBI
NEWS AND NOTES
- Scott Heineman extended his on-base streak to 23 games with a single and a hit by pitch.
- With two hits Saturday, Eric Aguilera is 29-89 (.326) all-time at Hammons Field with five home runs and 16 RBIs.
- Riders starter Collin Wiles walked a career-high-tying four batters, doing so for the first time since July 27, 2016 against Stockton.
Riders at Springfield, Sunday, 6:10 p.m.
Probables: RHP Pedro Payano (1-2, 4.50 ERA) vs. LHP Austin Gomber (3-6, 4.08 ERA)
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About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 12 seasons (2005-2016). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past two seasons, investing nearly $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a new state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store, and the newest and biggest creation, the 174-foot Choctaw Lazy River. The upgrades made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco "Best Ballpark Renovation" of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. The same publication also honored the Choctaw Lazy River as the best ballpark improvement over $1 million for the 2016 season. More than 130 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler, and Nelson Cruz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Art Garcia at AGarcia@RidersBaseball.com or Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.
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