Cardona's big blast vaults Riders to 7-4 win

Frisco outfielder breaks 4-4 tie with blast in eighth

By Frisco RoughRiders | May 17, 2017 2:42 PM ET

FRISCO, Texas (May 17, 2017) - Jose Cardona blasted a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, sending the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, to a 7-4 win over the Midland RockHounds Wednesday afternoon at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

BIG MOMENTS

  • Jose Cardona cranked a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, breaking a 4-4 tie to give the Riders a 7-4 lead.
  • Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Michael De Leon hit a go-ahead two-run triple to give the Riders a 3-2 lead. Scott Heineman launched a solo home run to left field in the fifth, making it 4-2.
  • Behind back-to-back home runs from Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock against Riders starter Yohander Mendez , the RockHounds tied the game at four in the top of the sixth. Schrock also homered in the fourth, recording his first-career multi-home run game.
  • Sam Wolff worked a scoreless eighth inning to pick up his second win and Reed Garrett twirled a scoreless ninth, earning his third save of the season.

KEY RIDERS PERFORMERS

  • Jose Cardona: 2-4, home run, three RBIs, run
  • Scott Heineman: 3-4, triple, home run, RBI, two runs
  • Michael De Leon: 2-4, triple, two RBIs

NEWS AND NOTES

  • Jose Cardona's home run is his second of the season after homering Tuesday night. He becomes the third Riders slugger with homers in consecutive games, joining Juremi Profar (4/8-4/9) and Drew Vettleson (4/18-4/19).
  • Scott Heineman was a double shy of the cycle, a feat that has never been accomplished in Riders history.
  • Riders starter Yohander Mendez leads the Texas League with 11 home runs allowed after allowing three more long balls Wednesday. The Riders' pitching staff leads the league in home runs allowed, yielding 44 long balls.

WHAT'S NEXT

RoughRiders vs. Midland, Thursday, 7:05 p.m.
Probables: RHP Collin Wiles (3-1, 2.62 ERA) vs. RHP Corey Walter (2-0, 1.09 ERA)
Tickets: Click here
Video: MiLB.tv
Audio: RidersBaseball.com, TuneIn Radio App, MiLB 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 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 140 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 RidersBaseball.com or contact Art Garcia at AGarcia@RidersBaseball.com or Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.

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