Kevin Richardson has been swinging one of the coldest bats in the minor leagues, but none of that mattered Friday. Richardson broke out of his slump with a 2-for-3 outing and four RBI in the RoughRiders’ 10-4 victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks.
Richardson, who had only three hits in his last 23 at bats and was hitless in his last eight, opened the scoring for Frisco in the second inning with a bases-loaded single that scored two runs.
“That’s just baseball,” Richardson said. “I have been trying to keep my head focused and work hard and I knew eventually it was going to turn around. It was just a matter of time. Today was a good day and hopefully I will be able to keep it going for a couple more games.”
The RoughRiders’ catcher would strike again in the sixth inning, when he hit his second bases-loaded two-run single of the contest. Richardson also walked and scored two runs.
The RoughRiders’ offense was helped out by the Hooks’ pitchers, who combined to walk seven batters, and their defense, which committed two untimely errors.
German Duran continued to swing a hot bat, finishing the game with two hits and two runs scored. In his last ten games, the Fort Worth native is hitting .387 with three homers and six RBI. He entered Friday’s game tied for second in the Texas league with seven home runs.
“I think my approach is a lot better right now,” Duran said. “I am not trying to pull everything anymore. I’ve been trying to go the other way a lot because they have been pitching me away, away, away. When they are coming inside, it is a mistake. My strength is pulling the ball, so when they come inside, that is when I get my doubles and my home runs.”
Duran is a versatile defender that has split time between shortstop and second base since signing with the Rangers, but he was in the lineup as the designated hitter for Friday’s game.
“You have to keep the same approach at the plate when you are the designated hitter,” Duran said. “It is a little weird not being out there on defense. When you are out there you pay more attention to your pitcher. In the dugout you are just watching the game and you have a lot of things running through your head. The game seems a lot easier and smoother.”
Frisco starter Armando Galarraga had his second rough start in a row, as he allowed 12 hits – including 11 singles – and four earned runs in six innings of work. He struck out three and walked one. Galarraga did get the victory, improving his record to 2-3. Both of his victories have been against Corpus Christi. His season ERA rose to 5.45.
Relievers Bill White and Brandon Puffer worked the final three innings, allowing no runs and only two hits. With the victory the RoughRiders improved their overall record to 21-13, while the Hooks fell to 11-24.