Pena's strong start spoiled by Cardinals in 6-1 loss

Righty strikes out seven in 4 1/3 innings

By Frisco RoughRiders | April 16, 2018 3:24 PM ET

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (April 16, 2018) - Starter Richelson Pena was sharp Monday afternoon in Springfield but the Frisco RoughRiders, Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, fell 6-1 to the Cardinals at Hammons Field.

 

BIG MOMENTS

  • Pena allowed just four hits and two earned runs (six total) in his 4 1/3 innings on the hill. The righty accrued seven strikeouts, two away from tying a career-high, but was saddled with the loss.
  • Springfield took the lead for good with a three-run second inning, scoring on home runs from Darren Seferina and Edmundo Sosa .
  • The Riders tallied their lone run in the top of the first on an RBI single from Hunter Cole .

KEY RIDERS PERFORMERS

  • Richelson Pena: 4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 6 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 7 K
  • Hunter Cole: 1-for-2, 2 BB, RBI
  • Michael O'Neill: 1-for-3, BB, R

NEWS AND NOTES

  • Pena's seven strikeouts were the second-most by a Riders starter this year (Wes Benjamin , 8, April 7 vs. Tulsa).
  • Cole extended his hitting streak to seven games with his RBI single in the first. He is batting .500 (11-for-22) during his current surge.
  • First pitch was delivered in 38-degree conditions, marking the third consecutive Riders game to start in temperatures of 42 degrees or cooler.

WHAT'S NEXT

Riders at Springfield, Tuesday, 11:10 a.m.
Probables: RHP 
Ariel Jurado (0-0, 5.79) vs. RHP Ryan Helsley (0-1, 8.38)
Video:
MiLB.tv
Audio: RidersBaseball.com, TuneIn Radio, First Pitch App

 

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 13 seasons (2005-2017). 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 Choctaw 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 140 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis , Adrian Gonzalez , Ian Kinsler and Neftali Feliz , 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 atAGarcia@RidersBaseball.com or Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com

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