Five-run fifth propels Riders to 7-1 win in series finale

Five players log multi-hit performances to knock off Naturals

By Frisco RoughRiders | August 20, 2017 9:51 PM


FRISCO, Texas (August 20, 2017) - Behind a five-run fifth inning, the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, prevailed as the victors over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 7-1 in Sunday's series finale at Dr Pepper Ballpark.


  • The Riders blew a 2-1 lead wide open with a five-run fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run homer from Andy Ibanez .
  • Jose Cardona highlighted his 3-4 performance with a two-run home run in the third inning, establishing a 2-0 Riders lead.
  • Riders starter Ariel Jurado provided a quality start, permitting an unearned run four hits in six innings.
  • Rangers rehabber Jake Diekman worked a perfect seventh inning in his second rehab outing with the Riders. Diekman threw 10 pitches (six strikes), inducing two groundouts and a flyout.


  • Jose Cardona: 3-5, home run, two RBIs, two runs
  • Andy Ibanez: 2-3, home run, two RBIs
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 3-3
  • Ariel Jurado: W, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K
  • Jake Diekman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K


  • Five Riders hitters - Jose Cardona, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Juremi Profar, Andy Ibanez and Michael De Leon - recorded at least two hits in Sunday's win.
  • Scott Heineman finished the six-game homestand 11-20 (.550) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, five RBIs, seven runs, six walks and two strikeouts.
  • Connor Sadzeck worked a scoreless ninth inning and has not permitted a run in five of his last six appearances.
  • Frisco went 3-10 with runners in scoring position Sunday after going 0-26 in such situations over the previous three games.
  • Monday marks the final scheduled off day of the season. The Riders will play 13 games in as many days to close out the regular season.


Riders at San Antonio, Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.
Probables: RHP Tyler Davis (2-2, 3.12 ERA) vs. TBA
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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 or contact Art Garcia at or Ryan Rouillard at

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