The Frisco RoughRiders dropped both games of their double-header to the Amarillo Sod Poodles at Hodgetown.
The first game featured plenty of runs for both teams but the RoughRiders lost on a walk-off in 7 innings by a final of 10-9 and that dropped them to 62-52 on the season. Not to alarm anyone but as of now, the RoughRiders are not in the post-season as they sit a 1/2 game behind the Arkansas Travelers BUT they have four games left to play.
Left-hander Cody Bradford (3.89) toed the rubber for the RoughRiders and its fair to say this was his worst start since being promoted to Double-A. He pitched three innings allowing eight runs-seven earned on nine hits and four strikeouts.
Justin Foscue injured?
Justin Foscue was pulled in the top of the 4th inning of this game. He was 2-2 with a home run, his 2nd in as many games, to dead-center earlier in the game so it didn’t make sense to pull him if he wasn’t injured. He also didn’t play in the 2nd game.
Melvin Novoa hit a home run (5) to left in the top of the 1st to cap off the four-run inning.
Josh Smith hit an RBI single in the top of the 2nd to give the RoughRiders a 5-0 lead at the time. It didn’t last long as the Soddies put up four runs in the bottom of the 2nd to make it a 5-4 game.
The RoughRiders added two insurance runs in the top of the 3rd to make it a 7-4 game but the lead didn’t hold. The Sod Poodles scored four runs in the bottom of the 3rd to take the 8-7 lead.
Tai Tiedemann pitched two scoreless out of the bullpen allowing only one hit while striking out one.
Blaine Crim hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the 6th to give the Riders a 9-8 lead but the Sod Poodles were able to walk-off by scoring two-runs in the bottom of the 7th. Chase Lee (0-1) took the loss for the RoughRiders.
Rider shut out in the 2nd game
In the 2nd game they were shutout for the 7th time this season.
Right-hander Noah Bremer (5-4, 4.48) started for the RoughRiders and was tagged with the loss despite allowing only three runs in 5 innings pitched. The Midland RockHounds only got three hits off Bremer- including a home run, three walks and struckout eight times.
Grant Anderson (6.48) walked one and struckout one in his a scoreless inning.
The Sod Poodles scores came from an RBI single in the bottom of the 3rd and a two-run home run in the bottom of the 5th by Jancarlos Cintron, his 7th.
The RoughRiders out-hit the Sod Poodles 8-3.
To secure the 2nd spot in the post-season the RoughRiders will need to get back to their winning ways and need to win their last four games. Right-hander Cole Winn (3-3, 2.40) will start for the RoughRiders tonight and will give them a chance to do that.