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Instant Analysis: Frisco/Springfield (4/11)

Ballard was able to command his fastball

FRISCO - Backed by a strong outing from left-hander Mike Ballard, the RoughRiders cruised to an 8-3 victory over Springfield on Friday night. Lone Star Dugout provides analysis and quotes from the game.

• Making his second start at the Double-A level, left-hander Mike Ballard surrendered just one run on five hits in six innings. The Virginia native was constantly around the plate, throwing 54 strikes versus 24 balls. Ballard walked two and struck out four. The lefty believes he was successful for a few reasons. "I felt like I was able to command my fastball early on and guys played great defense...

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