FRISCO, TX– The weather was perfect for baseball with a 72 degree temp and clear skies. Tekoah Roby, made his Double-A debut in front of a crowd of 9,030 fans, the largest of opening weekend.
The 21-year-old right-hander is ranked # 10 on our top 20 list, so I was excited to see his debut.
Robys debut was somewhat of a mixed bag. Let me explain.
Roby wasted no time getting his 1st strikeout. He struckout the first batter he faced, Sod Poodles leadoff hitter, Ryan Bliss on four pitches.
The rest of the inning wasn’t as smooth. Jordan Lawlar drew a walk, then stole 2nd and came around to score on a single by Caleb Roberts.
The Sod Poodles next two runs scored off Roby came from a solo home run in the 2nd and 3rd inning.
Roby finished strong by coming back out in the top of 4th inning. He gave up a leadoff single but induced a pitcher’s best friend, double-play. He then allowed another single. Roby was at 77 pitches so he was replaced by Marc Church.
TK Roby’s final line was: 3.2 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 SO, 7.36 earned run average. 77 pitches/45 strikes. So, like I said earlier, mixed bag. He did hit up to 96 on the radar gun.
The offense was able to make a comeback and ensure Roby at least a no-decision in the bottom of the 5th when they scored 3-runs to tie the game, thanks to a single by Carter and a two-run double by Acuña a couple of batters later.
Unfortunately, that was all the runs the RoughRiders were able to come by.
Nick Starr pitched a brilliant 6th inning by striking out the side but the Soddies were able to plate two runs in the 7th and the score held at 5-3. With the loss, the RoughRiders drop to 1-2 on the very young season.
Luisangel Acuña and Thomas Saggese each had a multi-hit game.
The RoughRiders have played 3-games and Evan Carter has a 3-game hit streak wirh 4 RBI.