For the Frisco RoughRiders, it was a case of never giving up. For the Arkansas Travelers, it was a case of never being too comfortable.
For eight innings, it looked like the Travelers had Frisco completely in check. But after a furious ninth inning that saw Arkansas’ defense collapse, it was the RoughRiders who walked away with a 3-2 win.
Luis Jimenez gave the Travelers a 2-0 lead after three batters. Following a leadoff hit by Matt Cusick, Jimenez cranked a one-out shot over the left field wall.
Much of the game after that was about missed opportunities for the Riders. Frisco had a baserunner in each of the first five innings but failed to score. They stranded a runner at second base in the second and third innings.
They did force Eddie McKiernan to work, as he only lasted five innings despite allowing just three hits.
The Travelers, however, had their own missed chances. A Cusick double in the third led to nothing. The got runners on second and third in the fourth but failed to score.
Carlos Pimentel lasted six innings and struck out four while allowing five hits.
Frisco loaded the bases in the eighth against Andrew Taylor but failed to score. They got to him in the ninth, although the Travelers’ fielding helped greatly.
Taylor allowed three straight baserunners with no outs – including a throwing error on Jose Felix’s bunt that scored the first run – before being pulled for David Carpenter. Another error at third base loaded the bases.
The Travelers got a force out at home, but Bianucci hit a grounder that the shortstop muffed to score the tying and winning runs. All three of Frisco’s runs were unearned.
Fabio Castillo made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth, giving up a hit and hitting a batter. But he got Jon Townsend – who made the fatal error at shortstop earlier – to ground out to first to end the game.