Griffin, Lopez lead Naturals past Riders 4-2

Michael O'Neill plates a pair but Northwest Arkansas clinches series

By Frisco RoughRiders | August 12, 2017 9:42 PM ET

 

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (August 12, 2017) - Northwest Arkansas' Foster Griffin fired 7 2/3 quality innings and Jack Lopez had three RBIs, handing the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, a 4-2 loss Saturday night at Arvest Ballpark.

BIG MOMENTS

  • Northwest Arkansas starter Foster Griffin earned a quality start, permitting two runs on six hits over 7 2/3 frames in the victory. The Kansas City Royals' No. 6 prospect (MLB Pipeline) struck out four without allowing a walk.
  • Jack Lopez's two-out, two-strike, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh broke a 2-2 tie, vaulting the Naturals in front 4-2. Lopez finished the night with three RBIs, including one on a solo homer in the first inning.
  • Trailing 2-0 into the fifth, Michael O'Neill's single plated a pair to tie the game for the RoughRiders.

KEY RIDERS PERFORMERS

  • Michael O'Neill: 1-4, two RBIs
  • Scott Heineman: 2-4
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 2-4
  • Michael De Leon: 1-3, double, run

NEWS AND NOTES

  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa recorded his team-leading 35th multi-hit game with a pair of singles, and Scott Heineman tallied his 24th such performance.
  • After getting swept in the first three games of the season series, Northwest Arkansas has won four of the past five head-to-head contests.
  • Thirteen of the Riders' past 15 games have been decided by three runs or fewer. In those games the Riders are averaging 2.5 runs per game.

WHAT'S NEXT

Riders at Northwest Arkansas, Sunday, 2:05 p.m.
Probables: RHP Ariel Jurado (8-10, 5.00 ERA) vs. TBA
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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 130 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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