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Frisco slugs four homers, drops Northwest Arkansas

Riders hang on late for 20th win of season
June 12, 2021

FRISCO, Texas (June 11, 2021) – The Frisco RoughRiders downed the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 10-7 on Friday night from Riders Field. The offensive showcase started early for Frisco (20-13) when Bubba Thompson led off the home half of the first with a home run to center. Josh Stowers later followed

FRISCO, Texas (June 11, 2021) – The Frisco RoughRiders downed the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 10-7 on Friday night from Riders Field.

The offensive showcase started early for Frisco (20-13) when Bubba Thompson led off the home half of the first with a home run to center. Josh Stowers later followed with a two-run shot in the first and the Riders were out in front 3-0 after an inning.

In the top of the fifth, the Naturals (15-16) found the board on a Rudy Martin RBI single, drawing within 3-1, before the Rides scored a pair of runs on a throwing error in the bottom of the fifth to make it 5-1.

Northwest Arkansas tied the game with two-run home runs from Travis Jones in the sixth and Dairon Blanco in the seventh, but Anderson Tejeda, who made his Riders debut on Friday night, crushed a go-ahead solo shot in the bottom of the seventh to give Frisco a 6-5 advantage.

In the bottom of the eighth, J.P. Martinez hammered a grand slam for Frisco to put the game out of reach at 10-5. The Naturals added a couple of runs in the top of the ninth, but were turned away with the bases loaded by reliever Cole Uvila.

Scott Engler (1-0) took home the win, throwing 1.2 perfect innings with four strikeouts while Andres Nunez (4-1) was handed the loss for Northwest Arkansas.

The Riders continue their six-game series on Saturday night against the Naturals at 7:05 pm for game five. LHP Jake Latz (1-0, 2.63) goes for the RoughRiders against LHP Marcelo Martinez (1-2, 5.87) for Northwest Arkansas.

It is Sky-Lit Saturday presented by Lexus with a postgame fireworks display, so get your tickets at RidersBaseball.com or call 972.334.1993.

About the RoughRiders

The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 15 seasons (2005-2019). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. Since then, the new ownership group, together with the City of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise enhancements, investing over $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store and the world's largest water feature in a sports facility, the massive Lazy River. These enhancements earned the Riders and the City of Frisco Ballpark Digest's prestigious "Best Ballpark Renovation" award for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016). More than 160 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including current Rangers players Jose Trevino, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Joey Gallo. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact [email protected]