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Riders give Midland scare in seventh, fall 5-4 in game one

Frisco leaves bases loaded in final frame against Midland
September 4, 2016

FRISCO, TEXAS (September 4, 2016) - The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, lost game one of Sunday's doubleheader 5-4 against the Midland RockHounds at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

Trailing 5-2 entering the ninth, the Riders (62-75 overall, 24-44 second half) scored a pair of runs on a throwing error by Midland reliever Kyle Finnegan and a fielding error by Richie Martin. With the bases loaded and two outs, Isiah Kiner-Falefa flew out to center field to end the game, leaving the tying run on at third base.

The Riders took an early 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly but gave up three runs in the second inning to fall behind 3-1. Danny Oh, Martin, and Brett Vertigan each drove in a run against Riders starter Ariel Jurado (1-4) in the second.

Leading 3-2 in the sixth, Midland (77-61, 44-24) added an insurance tally on an RBI single from Martin, putting the RockHounds ahead 4-2. Martin went 3-for-3 and has driven in seven runs in the last two games. The RockHounds added a final tally in the seventh, with the decisive run scoring on a RBI single from Yairo Munoz.

Eduard Pinto put together his eighth multi-hit game in 27 contests with Frisco, going 2-for-3. His RBI single in the fourth brought the Riders within a run at 3-2. Joe Jackson extended his season-long hit streak to 11 games, going 1-for-4 with a double.

Game two of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Frank Lopez (5-6, 5.48 ERA) is Frisco's scheduled starter, while Midland counters with Andres Avila (6-3, 3.62 ERA). Fans can watch the action live on MiLB.tv (subscription required) or listen on the Frisco RoughRiders Radio Network, the TuneIn Radio App, and the MiLB First Pitch App.

The final homestand of the season ends Monday, September 5. Tickets for the final game of the season at Dr Pepper Ballpark are available online at RidersBaseball.com, via email at [email protected], over the phone at (972) 731-9200, or in-person at the RoughRiders box office.

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 11 seasons (2005-2015). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg and Scott Sonju. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past two seasons, investing over $7 million in wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including the 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 improvements made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco "Best Ballpark Renovation" of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. More than 130 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, and C.J. Wilson as well as current Rangers stars Derek Holland, Rougned Odor, and Mitch Moreland. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Nathan Barnett at (972) 334-1976 or via e-mail at [email protected].

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