RockHounds' offense comes alive in 10-4 win

Three homers at Frisco help 'Hounds end three-game slide

(Richard A. Acosta)

By Bob Hards / Midland RockHounds | May 17, 2017 12:29 AM ET

The RockHounds entered Tuesday night's game having been shut out, for all intents and purposes, for two and a half games and had scored a total of just six runs over the first five games of their current road trip. Manager Fran Riordan shuffled the lineup and his club busted loose, scoring 10 runs on 13 hits in a 10-4 come-from-behind win over the RoughRiders at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.

The 'Hounds grabbed the lead, breaking the scoreless streak, before an out was made. B.J. Boyd 's leadoff triple was followed by an RBI single from Yairo Munoz and the goose-egg was gone. 

The wind was very strong all night (roughly 20 miles per hour) and blowing out to left. Mother Nature affected several swings of the bat, including Max Schrock's first-inning double, which sailed over the head of left fielder Scott Heineman and set up the second run of the inning as the RockHounds led, 2-0, after the top of the first.

Frisco answered with a four-run home half of the first, capped by Jose Cardona's two-run home run (also wind-aided).

After drawing to within 4-3 on Jordan Tarsovich's fourth-inning RBI double, the RockHounds took back the lead for good in the sixth.

Joe Filomeno came in from the RoughRider bullpen and Viosergy Rosa took the left-hander's first pitch out to left field for a game-tying home run. Three Frisco errors helped the 'Hounds manufacture a 5-4 lead and Munoz then came up with the game's biggest swing, launching a three-run home run to left for an 8-4 advantage. The 'Hounds added a sixth run in the inning against lefty Ryne Slack on a single from Schrock, a walk to J.P. Sportman and Rosa's third RBI of the game (and second of the sixth inning) on a single to left.

Video: Midland's Munoz hits three-run homer 

Sportman later capped the scoring with a tremendous line drive home run to left.

Quick Notes:

The RockHounds are 3-3 with two games remaining on their eight-game road trip (2-2 at Corpus Christi and 1-1 at Frisco). Tuesday's win not only saw the club snap its scoreless streak but a three-game slide as well. The 'Hounds also move back to within a game of first-place San Antonio in the Texas League South Division first half race.

Despite a 4-1 home loss to the Corpus Christi Hooks on Tuesday, San Antonio remains the Texas League's hottest club. Beginning with their remarkable 10-run seventh inning that erased a 10-1 deficit on Sunday, April 30 at Nelson Wolff Stadium against the RockHounds, the Missions are 13-3 in their last 16 games.

Entering Tuesday's game, the 'Hounds had scored just six runs over the first five games of the road trip and had been shutout in back-to-back games (Sunday at Corpus Christi and Monday at Frisco). The club also entered Tuesday's contest having not scored a run in 24.1 innings.

Manager Fran Riordan shuffled the lineup for Tuesday night's game, moving B.J. Boyd to the leadoff spot and Yairo Munoz to the two spot (Riordan also moved Tyler Marincov to sixth and Brett Vertigan to seventh in the order). The "shuffle" paid an immediate dividend, as Boyd opened the game with a triple and Munoz followed with a single, driving in his first run of the season (12 games) and breaking the aforementioned scoreless streak before the first out of the game had been recorded.

Moving Munoz proved to be a key decision, as he busted loose, driving in his first four runs of the season. The last three came on a home run to deep left center - his first of the year - in the six-run sixth inning.

Viosergy Rosa (2-for-5, home run, three RBI) extended his on-base streak to 17 games (23-for-62, .371 with a .466 on-base percentage ). Rosa has also hit in 13 of his last 14 games (20-for-51, .392) with two home runs and nine RBI.

The 'Hounds and RoughRiders conclude their four-game series in the Metroplex with a Wednesday morning game at 11:05 p.m. and then wrap it up on Thursday evening at 7:05 p.m.

A quick reminder that Wednesday morning's game will not be broadcast, as it falls during the daytime NewsTalk KCRS lineup that includes Rush Limbaugh and Dave Ramsey. RockHounds Radio returns for Thursday evening's series finale with broadcast time at 7:00 p.m.

Frisco sends Rangers prospect Yohander Mendez to the mound Wednesday morning. The left-hander (2-2, 3.12), rated Texas' # 2 prospect by Baseball America, took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his last start in a 3-0 win at San Antonio on May 12. The RockHounds counter with right-hander Brett Graves (0-0, 1.23), who makes his third start since being promoted from Class-A Advanced Stockton (Graveswas 0-0, 2.55 with the Ports). 

The RockHounds return home for a very quick four-game series, hosting the San Antonio Missions in a series that carries a great deal of significance. The 70-game first half pennant race is now past the halfway point with San Antonio surging into the top spot in the South Division. The four-game set is the end of 32 consecutive games of divisional play and will be followed by a 12-game stretch of North versus South.

The RockHounds and San Antonio meet on Friday (a special edition "Thirsty" Friday) and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. each night, followed by a pair of day games - Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. and Monday morning at 11:00 a.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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