Instant Analysis: Wichita @ Frisco (5/22)

Lone Star Dugout has observations and analysis from Frisco's 8-2 victory on Tuesday night. We also spoke to several players, including third baseman Travis Metcalf on his game and his recent stint in the major leagues.

• Starting pitcher Luis Mendoza broke through with his best start of the year on Tuesday evening. The right-hander allowed just two runs on five hits in seven innings of work. He struck out six while walking just two.

"It was a pretty good start," Mendoza said. "I was just trying to use my fastball a lot and get hitters out early in the count."

Mendoza worked with a hard sinking fastball that was consistently at 91 MPH, topping out at 93 multiple times.

"I'm using more of my two-seam sinking fastball right now," Mendoza said. "I didn't throw it earlier in the season."

Though Mendoza has four pitches, he worked almost exclusively with his fastball on Tuesday.

"They didn't show that they can hit my fastball, so I just stayed with it almost all game," said the right-handed pitcher. "I tried to mix it with some slow stuff like my changeup and my curveball, which I threw twice."

Mendoza is also currently working on a slider, which came in at approximately 85 miles per hour.

"My slider is a new pitch. This is my second start of throwing it," Mendoza said. "I worked with it early in spring training, but not too much. Right now they want me to throw more sliders and curveballs."

If Mendoza continues to command his sinker, curveball, and changeup as he did on Tuesday, the righty could become an intriguing story.

• Catcher Kevin Richardson continued to break out of his slump with two singles and an RBI in four at-bats.

Once again, Richardson displayed pinpoint accuracy with his throwing arm, as he gunned down yet another baserunner. It is beginning to look more and more like Richardson could be capable of becoming a solid backup catcher in the majors, both offensively and defensively.

• Centerfielder Brandon Boggs hit a long solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, his second since being promoted to Double-A.

"In the first two at-bats, he was just starting me off with fastballs," Boggs said. "In the home run at-bat, I was looking fastball and he got one up and in to me and I put a good swing on it."

The Georgia Tech product added a single later in the game, raising his Double-A average to .318.

"It's a lot better league," Boggs said when asked about his hot start in Double-A. "I guess they haven't really found my weakness yet and I hope they won't."

• Frisco second baseman German Duran hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season, as he turned on a high fastball from Wichita starter Daniel Christiansen.

Duran also made a magnificent defensive play going up the middle in the top of the second inning. Though the Fort Worth native appears to occasionally have trouble making the routine play, Duran has also shown the ability to go deep into the hole to make outstanding plays.


Travis Metcalf hit a home run on Tuesday.


• Appearing in his first game since playing for the Rangers, third baseman Travis Metcalf was 1-for-3 with a walk and a long home run. Lone Star Dugout was able to catch up with the former Kansas Jayhawk for a quick Q&A after the game.

Jason Cole: Take me through the at bat where you hit the home run tonight.

Travis Metcalf: I was just trying to get something up in the zone. He has a good hard slider, so I was trying to stay off that early in the count. He got ahead with the two strikes down low and I was just looking for something up.

Cole: When was the last time you hit one that went that far?

Metcalf: It's been awhile. It seems like I've been either walking or striking out, so it was good to finally get one squared up. He just hung a changeup and I just got the barrel to it.

Cole: Talk a little bit about your experience in the major leagues.

Metcalf: It was a great experience. It was a good opportunity to break in, get the nerves out, and see how things work. I got a full game and a pinch hit. It was a good experience to start in a game. You also have to come into a game in the late innings and handle yourself well, so it was an all-around good experience.

Cole: What was it like to walk into the clubhouse for the first time?

Metcalf: It was real exciting. It was like a dream was coming true. It was something I've been working at for awhile, so it was good to finally get to the park and getting to know that I actually had a uniform.

Cole: Were you disappointed to come back to Double-A so soon?

Metcalf: Yeah. It would have been great to stay up there, help out the team, and get a little bit more time. It seemed like it was a little quick. By the time my nerves were starting to calm down, I came back down. But it was a good experience and hopefully I'll get another one soon.

Cole: How do you think that experience in the majors will help you develop as a player?

Metcalf: I think it's good. It is something that you've seen and gotten a little taste of and it's something to work for. It shows that the Rangers are still pushing me and want me to develop as a player. I have a long ways to go still, but for the most part I got to see what it's like.


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