With 15 runs and a club-record 24 hits on Saturday night, the entire Frisco RoughRiders lineup was outstanding in a 15-5 rout of the Corpus Christi Hooks.
It was the bottom of the order in particular – the 7-8-9 combo of Adam Fox, Emerson Frostad and Dustin Majewski – that was particularly impressive. The trio combined to go 11-for-18 with six doubles, one home run and 10 runs batted in.
Lone Star Dugout spoke with all three hitters after the game.
Jason Cole: You had kind of a rough go of it last week after getting hit in the elbow with a pitch and then coming down with a bad case of food poisoning. But you're 11-for-18 since coming back from that, so I guess it didn't take much out of you?
Adam Fox: Oh, it did take a lot out of me. I didn't know I was hitting that well. I think I'm just learning to forget about each previous at-bat, whether you hit a ball hard and get a hit or strike out. I'm starting to really learn on focusing one at-bat at a time. No matter what happens, you just forget about the at-bat before. I think it takes care of itself. You have to stay with your approach. It's a lot easier to stay with your approach and stay on the positive side of things.
Cole: You've spent parts of a few seasons here in Frisco and you have improved with each year. Do you feel the Double-A pitching has gotten a bit easier for you as you get more experienced?
|Fox is one of the league's hottest hitters.|
Cole: You have been playing quite a bit of second base lately. Have you spent much time at second base in the past?
Fox: Just sporadically. In 2005 when I first came here I think I played 25 or 30 games at second. Mostly I have been playing third as of late. Last year when Metcalf went up I played third around the time. He went up and then I went to Oklahoma and played only third there. I have pretty much been locked down there, but with a couple of guys down, they got sick too, it kind of opened up second base right now. I don't mind it. I think it gets easier everyday, but it is still different with the way the ball comes off the bat.
Cole: After playing pretty well in Triple-A last season to close out the year, were you at all disappointed to begin the season back in Frisco?
Fox: For the most part no. We have such a good organization with a lot of good prospects. You've got guys like Davis, Mayberry, and Murphy back here. Guys who I played with last year. If I'm on the field and I'm playing, I don't care whether it's Double-A or Triple-A. As long as you're on a winning team it's good. You can get called up to the Major Leagues from Double-A, so hopefully the organization has some faith in me and they haven't stopped looking at me. Who knows, maybe something is in the future.
Cole: When I talked to you over the offseason, you said you felt your swing had gotten long during the second-half of last season and that you wanted to shorten it. How do you feel that is working out for you so far?
Emerson Frostad: I think it has been going really well. I worked hard all off-season on that. It is still early but so far it has been going really well. I'm hitting a lot more line drives and kind of staying through the middle of the field. I'm trying to stay with that.
Cole: Shortening the swing sounds somewhat simple, but what exactly went in to getting your swing back to where it needs to be?
Frostad: I just tried to focus on getting the barrel to the ball as quick as possible while trying to use my hands and take my lower half out of my swing a little more. I thought my hips and lower half were kind of flying open so I was dragging my bat through the zone. I was just trying to stay a little more balanced and use my hands.
Cole: You have kind of been all over the place defensively the last few seasons. Have the Rangers given you an idea of whether or not you'll be sticking at a position for the future?
Frostad: It's going to be first, third or catcher. We have got two really good catchers on this team so it's probably not going to be over there anytime soon. As long as I'm getting in the lineup, I'm happy and hopefully I can make the most of it.
|Frostad is hitting .314.|
Frostad: Not since I was in Clinton three years ago. I played there in college and my first two years of pro ball, so it's not anything new. But I haven't played there in awhile and I'm starting to get comfortable over there again.
Cole: You really had a strong game at third on Friday night, making multiple outstanding plays. Have you improved at third even though you haven't seen much game time over there?
Frostad: Yeah, definitely. During BP you take a lot of ground balls and work at it every day just to stay sharp. I have been getting some games over there so I feel good.
Cole: Can you talk about the at-bat where you hit the home run tonight?
Dustin Majewski: The wind was blowing out a little bit to left and I had a runner on second base. I was really trying to pull the ball and look for a pitch middle-in to hit to the right side. I got beat by just a hair and let it get too deep. Luckily it worked out and the ball carried out of the park. It was just a fastball up, something you're looking to pull. I got what I was looking for and put the barrel on it.
Cole: You hit the home run to left field tonight. Do you get many opposite field home runs like that?
Majewski: Yeah, actually, when I'm swinging the bat well I hit a lot of oppo home runs. In the past – in college and my first couple of years of pro ball – most of my home runs were oppo. But the further along you get, everybody starts knowing that so they start pitching you in. The past few years I haven't driven the ball the other way because everybody pitches me in. It was nice and whenever you get a home run that way it's a good feeling.
Cole: This is really the first time in your career that you haven't been in the lineup every day. Does it make it a little more difficult to get into a groove at the plate when you're not in the lineup every day?
Majewski: Yeah, definitely. Especially early in the season. It makes it difficult because you aren't staying in the same routine you normally do. You aren't seeing pitches – it's not necessarily the fastball, but seeing offspeed pitches. It's seeing what fastballs are doing and what changeups are doing. When you get into one game, it's tough to get the feel for how teams are pitching you. It takes a couple of at-bats. That is the difficult part, but it's just finding a routine and sticking with it so you're ready when you do get in there.
Cole: Does that put a little extra pressure on you when you do get into the lineup?
Majewski: It definitely goes through your mind, but you have to get over that. When you hit two line drives to second base, you have got to know that's what you're supposed to do. You're supposed to hit the ball hard. You can't feel like ‘if I had gotten two hits there I would be in the lineup more'. You have to get one day and not worry about what is going to happen tomorrow.
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