In the first inning of last night’s series opener against the San Antonio Missions, the RoughRiders exploded for a five run first inning. Back to back RBI triples from Nomar Mazara and Jorge Alfaro sparked the big inning. Missions starter Zach Segovia had previously put together five innings of run-less baseball in 2015. The Riders jumped out 7-2 but a grand slam for Padres prospect Jason Hagerty in the 6th inning cut a the lead down to 7-6 and it was soon tied.
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A scoreless 10 outs followed, but the Riders had managed to place leadoff man Nick Williams on third and former Atlanta Braves shortstop Tyler Pastornicky at the plate. In fact, Pastornicky was the Opening Day starter at short in 2012 for Atlanta, albeit as more of a necessity than a want as Andrelton Simmons waited in the wings.
Back to last night, the clouds had been out all game, the tarp was even out before the game as more of a precaution than anything but the rain came on hard in the 8th inning.
With no outs and Nomar Mazara set to step in with runners on the corners and no outs, it rained harder. After Mazara struck out swinging, it started pouring. The game was delayed, soon officially postponed and in the middle of those two announcements it really started coming down.
So tonight, the first out the Texas Rangers AA affiliate will make will be out number 25. Hopefully it comes from closer Francisco Mendoza after the Riders utilize their own half of the 8th inning to take a lead and win the first game of this abbreviated double header.
One of the Texas Rangers top prospects, catcher Jorge Alfaro, is up at bat and the Missions are expected to replace their pitcher. This certainly sets up to be an exciting finish, and then we’ll get to play some more baseball!
In game two, which will start right after the conclusion of Game one, the Missions will send out righty Justin Hancock (2-1, 3.41 ERA) against RoughRiders starter Jose Leclerc (1-1, 8.49). Stay tuned for more updates from the Texas Rangers AA affiliate, the Frisco RoughRiders from myself, Asher “Ace” Feltman, this season.