FRISCO, TX (April 20, 2017) - Despite a two-run rally in the ninth inning, the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, dropped a 7-6 decision in 11 innings to the Corpus Christi Hooks in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
- Corpus Christi cleanup hitter JD Davis hit a solo home run off of Riders reliever Nick Gardewine in the 11th, giving the Hooks the lead for good.
- Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth, Eric Aguilera's RBI groundout cut the Corpus Christi lead to 6-5, while Royce Bolinger doubled in the tying run.
- Corpus Christi broke the 4-4 tie in the ninth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Riders reliever Adam Loewen hit a batter and walked the next, surrendering two runs.
- The Riders erased an early 3-0 deficit with a four-run fourth inning. Michael De Leon doubled in a pair of Riders and Scott Heineman crushed a two-run homer, giving the Riders a 4-3 lead.
KEY RIDERS PERFORMERS
- Scott Heineman: 1-4, home run, two RBIs, two runs
- Michael De Leon: 2-5, double, two RBIs, run
- Royce Bolinger: 2-6, double, RBI
NEWS AND NOTES
- The Riders played their third extra innings contests in the past six games, posting a 1-2 record in those contests.
- Thursday's game was also the fourth one-run affair for the Riders in their last five games.
- Scott Heineman extended his hitting streak and on-base streak to 11 with his two-run homer in the fourth inning.
- Riders pitchers walked a season-high nine Hooks hitters.
RoughRiders vs. Corpus Christi, Friday, 7:05 p.m.
Probables: RHP Reed Garrett (0-2, 13.50 ERA) vs. RHP Josh James (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
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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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