Frisco drops game one against Travelers

'Riders defense recovers from early struggle

By Frisco RoughRiders | July 3, 2013 7:11 PM ET






Arkansas (8-5, 41-41)





Frisco (6-7, 45-38)






WP:  Matt Oye (6-5)
LP:  Nick McBride (1-4)
SV: Elvin Ramirez (1)

ARK HR: None
FRI HR: None

FRISCO, TEXAS (July 3, 2013) - The Frisco RoughRiders fell to the Arkansas Travelers 2-1 Wednesday night at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Recovering from early-game struggles, the Frisco defense didn't allow a run after the third.

Randal Grichuk lead off the first with a single to left, and advanced to second on a single by Taylor Lindsey. Luis Montanez then singled left to bring home the run as Arkansas (8-5, 41-41) took 1-0 lead.

In the third, Grichuk walked and later in the frame, C.J. Cron slammed a sac fly to center to bring home the run, extending the Travelers' lead 2-0.

The Roughriders' (6-7, 45-38) bats remained quiet until the fifth. With two outs, Ryan Strausborger doubled right and then Alejandro Selen knocked an RBI double to right-center to cut the Arkansas lead 2-1, which was the final score.

Rehabbing Rangers' reliever Joakim Soria pitched a perfect eighth. Soria is expected to make an appearance in Thursday's game.

Matt Oye (6-5) allowed one run on five hits and struck out three to earn the victory. Nick McBride (1-4) gave up two runs on five hits, walked three and struck out two to suffer the defeat. Elvin Ramirez struck out four in two innings to be credited with his first save.

The 'Riders continue their series against the Arkansas Travelers Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Kevin Pucetas (8-7, 4.80 ERA) makes the start for the 'Riders, and will face Brandon Hynick (6-3, 2.88 ERA) for the Travelers. Fans can listen to the play-by-play on  beginning at 6:40 p.m. For information on tickets to see the RoughRiders in 2013, please call (972) 731-9200, email or visit  

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

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