Gallo’s Eigth Homer Helps RoughRiders Take Series

The Frisco RoughRiders won the four-game series against the San Antonio Missions as the two teams split a double-header on Memorial Day at Wolff Stadium. The Missions used a four run sixth to take game one 6-0 while Frisco returned the favor in game two with a seven run seventh to win 8-0.

Jorge Alfaro gave the Riders a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning of game two with a ground-rule double to right field scoring Joey Gallo. But Frisco put up seven runs in the seventh inning to run away with the contest. Luis Mendez drove home a pair with base hit to make it 3-0 and would later score on a wild pitch.

That’s when the RoughRiders turned to the long ball. Gallo hit a towering two-run home run and two batters later Alfaro followed suit with a two-run shot of his own. The seven run inning is the most the team has scored in one inning this season. Leading 8-0, Cody Ege closed out the Missions to record his first save.

Edwar Cabrera worked into the fifth inning in his first start this season. The left-hander allowed five hits and struck out two but was pulled from the game with one out in the fifth after hitting Tyson Gillies with a pitch. Josh McElwee (2-1) entered the game and recorded two straight outs stranding both runners.

In game one, the Missions took advantage of a Drew Robinson fielding error in the third inning when Diego Goris knocked a two-run double off Andrew Faulkner (2-3). In the sixth, San Antonio tacked on four runs off Kyle Lotzkar, including back-to-back solo home runs from Alberth Martinez and Jason Hagerty. Justin Hancock (4-1) worked five scoreless innings as the Missions proceeded to take game one, 6-0.

The Riders return to Dr Pepper Ballpark on Tuesday, May 26 to begin a six game home stand welcoming the Springfield Cardinals (St. Louis) and the Tulsa Drillers (Los Angeles-NL) to town for the first time in 2015. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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