Game one of the Roughriders Texas League playoff series started with a bang last night as lead-off man Odubel Herrera hit a towering drive curving just inside the right field foul pole to start what would be an absolute merry-go round of an inning. The inning featured three Rockhound errors, singles from OF Nick Williams, DH Jorge Alfaro and 1B Trever Adams, and a smoke double from SS Hanser Alberto to give the Riders an early 6-0 lead.
RHP Alex “Chi-Chi” Gonzalez didn’t have his best stuff tonight and struggled with command early on getting out of a jam in the first inning and then allowing two runs in the Second after allowing a walk, a pair of singles and a Sac fly. After the Second inning Gonzalez preceded to retire the next nine batters while striking out the side in the top of the fifth.
The Frisco offense did not score again until the 5th from a Nick Williams Walk that was bunted over by Hanser Alberto to second, Williams then took third on a throwing error was and scored on a suicide squeeze by Lead-off man, Herrera.
Chi-Chi was relieved after the 6th inning by lefty Will Lamb, who worked a 1-2-3 7th finished his night with a 6.0 5 2 2 2 7 line, a pretty good looking start for somebody who didn’t even have his best stuff. Folks should be excited about the 2012, 23rd overall pick, Gonzalez will wow fans in Arlington with his wicked cutter and slider that have continued to shatter opposing bats this season.
Lefty Will Lamb got into some trouble in the 8th after a lead-off triple and a walk. Josh McElwee proceeded with a wild pitch, single and a walk to cut the Riders’ lead to 7-3, before racking up a strikeout, pop-out and strikeout to end the inning.
With a 7-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th in came fire-baler Keone Kela to shut it down. Sitting 96-98 with an 81-83 MPH breaker, Kela struck out the side in the 9th allowing one base runner on a walk.
Game 2 of the series starts at 7 again tonight with righty Jerad Eickhoff on the hill, so go out to Frisco tomorrow and watch your future favorite players before they become your favorite because this team is a privilege to watch.
Star of the Game: Nick Williams, 2/3 with a double, single, walk, RBI and flashed some serious speed on the base paths.
Odubel Herrera: 1/3 with a HR, Walk and successful squeeze bunt.
Gallo watch: No, no home Run tonight, 1/3 with a single, walk, and 1 strikeout.