Riders knock off San Antonio for third straight day
Kiner-Falefa and Guzman have big days in 6-5 win over Missions
By Frisco RoughRiders | April 27, 2016 3:40 PM ET
FRISCO, TEXAS (April 27, 2016) - The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, continued their winning ways Wednesday afternoon with a 6-5 win over the San Antonio Missions at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Riders starter Sam Wolff (4-0) worked five shutout innings to begin the game but was chased by San Antonio (8-11) in the sixth, after the Missions strung together a trio of hits and put up three runs to make it a 4-3 game.
Frisco (14-4) countered with its third and final two-run frame of the day against Missions starter Brandon Morrow (1-1) in the sixth. Alex Burg started the inning with a solo home run and an RBI single from Isiah Kiner-Falefa brought in the other run to make it 6-3. Kiner-Falefa finished 3-for-4 on the day with two RBI singles, the other coming in a two-run third inning that put the Riders up, 2-0.
In addition to Kiner-Falefa, Ronald Guzman also had a multi-hit game for Frisco, going 2-for-4 at the plate, including a two-run single in the fifth inning that put the Riders up 4-0. The big hit followed a leaping catch at first base to end the top of the fifth that saved at least one run.
San Antonio added two more runs on in the eighth on Gabriel Quintana's two-run home run against reliever Matt Bush to close within 6-5, but Bush settled in and earned his third save of the season. In two innings of work, Bush got all six of his outs on strikeouts.
Major league rehabber Chris Gimenez continued his assignment with the Riders, going 2-for-3 with an RBI single and was hit by a pitch in seven innings as the starting catcher.
The victory guarantees the Riders a series win over San Antonio, and they'll go for the sweep of the Missions Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Victor Payano (1-0, 3.45 ERA) is scheduled to make the start for the Riders, while San Antonio has scheduled Fabio Castillo (2-2, 3.68 ERA) to make the start. Fans can watch the action on MiLB.TV and live coverage can be heard on the Frisco RoughRiders Radio Network, on the TuneIn Radio App, and the MiLB First Pitch App. Dr Pepper Pregame Show coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
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 11 seasons (2005-2015). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg and Scott Sonju. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past two seasons, investing over $7 million in wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including the 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 improvements made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco "Best Ballpark Renovation" of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. More than 130 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, and C.J. Wilson as well as current Rangers stars Derek Holland, Rougned Odor, and Mitch Moreland. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Nathan Barnett at (972) 334-1976 or via e-mail at Nathan@RidersBaseball.com.
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