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Cardona's Big Blast Vaults Riders to 7-4 Win

May 17, 2017 - Texas League (TL) - Frisco RoughRiders News Release

FRISCO, Texas - Jose Cardona blasted a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, sending the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, to a 7-4 win over the Midland RockHounds Wednesday afternoon at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

BIG MOMENTS * Jose Cardona cranked a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, breaking a 4-4 tie to give the Riders a 7-4 lead. * Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Michael De Leon hit a go-ahead two-run triple to give the Riders a 3-2 lead. Scott Heineman launched a solo home run to left field in the fifth, making it 4-2. * Behind back-to-back home runs from Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock against Riders starter Yohander Mendez, the RockHounds tied the game at four in the top of the sixth. Schrock also homered in the fourth, recording his first-career multi-home run game. * Sam Wolff worked a scoreless eighth inning to pick up his second win and Reed Garrett twirled a scoreless ninth, earning his third save of the season.

KEY RIDERS PERFORMERS * Jose Cardona: 2-4, home run, three RBIs, run * Scott Heineman: 3-4, triple, home run, RBI, two runs * Michael De Leon: 2-4, triple, two RBIs

NEWS AND NOTES * Jose Cardona's home run is his second of the season after homering Tuesday night. He becomes the third Riders slugger with homers in consecutive games, joining Juremi Profar (4/8-4/9) and Drew Vettleson (4/18-4/19). * Scott Heineman was a double shy of the cycle, a feat that has never been accomplished in Riders history. * Riders starter Yohander Mendez leads the Texas League with 11 home runs allowed after allowing three more long balls Wednesday. The Riders' pitching staff leads the league in home runs allowed, yielding 44 long balls.

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