Riders late rally falls short in Springfield

Four-run eighth not enough in series finale

By Frisco RoughRiders | April 15, 2017 10:55 PM ET

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (April 15, 2017) - Despite scoring four runs in the eighth inning, the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, were defeated by the Springfield Cardinals 6-5 in the finale of a three-game series at Hammons Field.

BIG MOMENTS

  • The Riders' rally began in the eighth with an RBI single by Eric Aguilera. Andy Ibanez doubled in a run to make it 6-3, and Jose Cardona's two-run double cut it to 6-5.
  • Scott Heineman reached base three times, scoring on a passed ball in the sixth.
  • Frisco starting pitcher Reed Garrett, who suffered the loss, yielded six runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed a solo homer by Adolis Garcia in the third and a three-run homer by Bruce Caldwell in the fifth.
  • Springfield starter Dakota Hudson earned his first career Double-A victory, allowing a run on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts over six innings.

KEY RIDERS PERFORMERS

  • Jose Cardona: 2-3, double, two RBIs, walk
  • Andy Ibanez: 2-4, double, RBI, run
  • Eric Aguilera: 1-4, RBI, run, walk

NEWS AND NOTES

  • Despite the loss, the Riders have won three of their past five games and four of the past seven.
  • Scott Heineman finished the three-game series in Springfield 5-10 with six runs scored. He also extended his hitting and on-base streak to eight games with a single in the sixth.
  • Eric Aguilera went 5-14 with five RBIs in the three games at Springfield. He's now tied for the team lead in RBIs (7).

WHAT'S NEXT

RoughRiders at Tulsa, Monday, 7:05 p.m.
Probables: RHP Collin Wiles (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. RHP Josh Sborz (first appearance)
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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