August 19, 2017 - Texas League (TL) - Frisco RoughRiders
SCOTT HEINEMAN POWERS RIDERS PAST NATURALS 5-1
PEDRO PAYANO SPINS 5 2/3 SCORELESS FRAMES FOR WIN
NW Arkansas (61-64, 22-33)
Frisco (53-72, 22-33)
W: Payano (3-4) | L: Ogando (8-9) | S: Garrett (9)
Frisco HR: Heineman (9)
FRISCO, Texas - Scott Heineman provided the early offense and the pitching staff took care of the rest as the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, topped the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 5-1 Saturday night in front of 10,972 fans at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Scott Heineman went 3-4, highlighted by a go-ahead two-run home run in the fourth inning to give the Riders a 2-0 lead. The Riders took advantage of a throwing error and a bases-loaded walk to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh, pushing the lead to 5-0. Riders starter Pedro Payano spun 5 2/3 shutout innings, earning the victory. He allowed two hits and three walks, striking out four. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second inning. Donnie Dewees' sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth accounted for the lone Naturals run, which cut the deficit to 5-1. KEY RIDERS PERFORMERS
Scott Heineman: 3-4, home run, two RBIs, two runs Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 1-2, double, RBI, two walks, run Pedro Payano: W, 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K NEWS AND NOTES
Scott Heineman collected his seventh three-hit game in Saturday's win and is 10-17 (.588) over the first five games of the homestand. With Saturday's win, the Riders snapped a five-game losing streak against the Naturals. They also broke a 25-inning scoreless streak against Northwest Arkansas with Heineman's homer in the fourth. Riders pitching has allowed just five runs in its past 27 innings, posting a 1.67 ERA. WHAT'S NEXT
Riders vs. Northwest Arkansas, Sunday, 7:05 p.m.
Probables: RHP Ariel Jurado (8-11, 5.01 ERA) vs. RHP Corey Ray (6-10, 5.09 ERA)
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About the Frisco 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 more than $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 130 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.