Frisco, Texas – Despite being out of contention, the Riders came out strong on Sunday and it started with their starting pitcher. Nick Krauth delivered an impressive performance, striking out eight batters during 7.1 stellar innings of play.
Keyber Rodriguez launched a home run on the first pitch in the bottom of the 1st inning, while Wyatt Langford contributed with a 2-for-4 performance on the night.
Krauth (5-10) showcased his prowess by allowing only two runs and five hits during his start. He utilized 94 pitches to navigate 7.1 innings, recording eight strikeouts, marking season-high figures.
Notably, Krauth became the first RoughRiders (31-32, 62-69) starting pitcher to exceed seven innings this season. He conceded just one walk during the game, with one of the two runs charged against him occurring after his departure in the eighth inning.
Langford’s noteworthy performance included a double, a single, and a walk, concluding his debut week in Double-A baseball. Throughout this series, he went 6-for-20, featuring two doubles, six walks, and four RBIs.
Rodriguez hit a leadoff home run on the first pitch he saw. The team continued to dominate, scoring at least three runs in three separate innings.
Notable contributions included two-run doubles from Langford, Devin Hurdle, and Chris Seise. Hurdle, an undrafted free agent signing, made his Double-A debut for Frisco on Sunday and delivered a quite impressive 3-for-5 performance, including a two-run double and an RBI single in the eighth inning. He also stole a base.
Frainyer Chavez impressed with a 3-for-5 performance, driving in two RBIs and scoring a run. Kellen Strahm added to the team’s success with a 2-for-4 night, including a walk and two runs.
Liam Hicks contributed with a double and a 2-for-4 performance, along with an RBI and a walk. Rodriguez, after his home run, drew two walks.
In the bullpen, Robby Ahlstrom was the sole reliever for Frisco on Sunday, concluding the game with 1.2 innings, allowing only one hit and no runs.
The Frisco RoughRiders secured a commanding 11-2 victory against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in the last game of the season at Riders Field.
Despite their loss, the Northwest Arkansas (31-31, 60-71) won the series, winning four games out of six. Noah Cameron (3-10) took the loss, giving up four earned runs over five innings.
Sunday’s game marked the end of the home games for Frisco in 2023. The RoughRiders are now set to hit the road, starting a six-game series against the current first-place team in the Texas League South Division in Amarillo on Tuesday, September 12th, at 6:35 p.m., concluding the 2023 season for our RoughRiders.