On a night when there wasn’t much to cheer about in Arlington, TX just down the road in Frisco there was plenty to be excited about. Jake Thompson was making his Frisco RoughRiders debut and Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller was in attendance. Thompson was a bit erratic after getting through the first two frames virtually unscathed. The native of nearby Rockwall, TX pitched four innings giving up a two-run homer in his final inning to Kent Matthes with one on and nobody out. Thompson threw 81 pitches with 48 of them strikes, five strikeouts and three walks.
While this seemed to be Thompson’s night to shine a couple of hitters stole the show. The Riders had difficulty putting anything together against the Midland Rockhounds right hander Chris Jensen who went seven innings and gave up only one earned run. In the seventh inning J.T. Wise stepped to the plate to hit a solo shot to tie up the game at 2-2.
Once the Rockhounds went to the bullpen it all unraveled for the Double A Affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Marcus Walden didn’t give up a single hit but would take the loss. He loaded the bases by walking Jake Skole and Odubel Herrera and Pat Cantwell was hit by the pitch. Once again the visiting club would go to the bullpen bringing in lefty Omar Duran to face the hard hitting Joey Gallo. Duran threw one pitch that Gallo sent out of the ballpark faster than Duran got it to the plate. That hit busted the game open 6-2 which would be the final.
Tomorrow night at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland will be making his first rehab appearance. For tickets to see the ‘Riders in 2014, call 972-731-9200, e-mail Info@RidersBaseball.com or visit www.ridersbaseball.com.