• The final weekend home game of the season for the Roughriders ended on Sunday with a 6-0 shutout victory over the Midland Rockhounds at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.
Armed with a breaking ball that reached as low as 73 on the gun and a fastball in the low 90's, Luis Mendoza held Midland scoreless for six innings en route to picking up his 15th victory of the season. The win ties him with Josh Geer of San Antonio for the most victories in the Texas League.
"I feel like I mixed all of my pitches pretty well," Mendoza added afterwards. "I changed my speeds a lot and was using my fastball to challenge them."
The righty allowed just two Midland hits and a walk while striking out five over his six innings of work. The toughest situation he faced all evening came in the top of the first when the visiting Rockhounds were threatening with two men on and two outs. But Mendoza was able to coax Midland's next batter, Brant Colamarino, into hitting a lazy fly ball to right that was caught and got out of the inning without so much as a scrape.
"In the first inning, I struggled trying to control my fastball and my breaking pitches," said Mendoza. "But as the game went on, it didn't take long to settle down and get back some of that command."
Though Mendoza cruised through the evening for the most part, he exited with a relatively low pitch count after just six frames. However, with 143.2 innings under his belt in Double-A, the move was done more to conserve his arm for the upcoming post season.
Mendoza's final start of the regular season should come Friday in Corpus Christi.
• Frisco third baseman Chris Davis led the way offensively with a 2 for 4 evening and three runs driven in. Although he's only a .233 hitter against lefties since his promotion to Double-A, Davis got the scoring started in the bottom of the first with a two-run double off Midland southpaw Bobby Cramer. He added a solo shot two innings later that landed directly in the swimming pool beyond the right field fence.
"At first I didn't think I got the ball good enough for it to go out, "Davis said of his 11th homerun of the season. "I just started running and saw the outfielder look up to watch it splash in the pool, so I was pretty happy about that."
Since his promotion to Double-A on July 31st, the 21-year old owns a batting average of over .350 in the month of August, and has really begun to feel comfortable in the batter's box.
"I had a few games there where I was struggling and chasing too many pitches," Davis said. "But I talked to Cooley (Frisco hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh) and we worked on some things like shrinking my strike zone so I could get a few more pitches to drive."
• Unlike his teammate, the month of August hasn't been a kind one to Brandon Boggs. But the centerfielder chipped in with a 3 for 4 night of his own and made a sliding catch that ended the top of the fifth, robbing Midland's Anthony Recker of a basehit.
"It's getting to that point in the season where I'm getting a little tired and I'm playing in more games than I ever have before, so it's starting to wear on me" Boggs added later. "But you've got to go out there everyday and work on something new. I tried to stay inside on the ball today and it worked pretty well."
With the playoffs a little more than a week away, Boggs is one of many in the Frisco clubhouse in a post-season state of mind.
"I'm pretty focused on it. Since we've got to be here, we might as well try to win the whole thing," Boggs said. "I'm just trying to get locked in for that time; the post-season is a good time to get hot."
• Second baseman German Duran's only hit of the night was a hot smash deflected by the glove of Bobby Cramer that went into centerfield for a single. But his 1 for 4 evening was enough to give him sole ownership of third place in the Texas League with a .306 batting average
• Following the departure of Luis Mendoza, the trio of Brennan Garr, Kea Kometani, and Jorge Vasquez combined to strike out six Midland batters over three innings of scoreless relief.
Combined with the performance of Luis Mendoza, the evening marked the 14th time this season that Frisco pitching has shut down the opposition for an entire game. They lead the league in that category.
• With the victory on Sunday night, Frisco tied their all-time win mark of 81, which was set back in 2004 during the march to their first ever league championship
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