The seven-game losing streak is now completely behind the Frisco RoughRiders, as they completed their first series sweep of the young 2010 season.
The RoughRiders took advantage of defensive mistakes from the Arkansas Travelers to win 4-3 Tuesday night and take all three games at Dickey-Stephens Park, avenging the Travelers’ three game sweep of the Riders at Dr. Pepper Ballpark last week.
The Riders’ three run first inning gave them all the momentum they would need. James Tomlin reached base on an error from third baseman Jay Brossman to start the inning, and Wes Bankston doubled him home three batters later for his team-leading ninth RBI. Jon Greene doubled home Bankston and Kevin Richardson.
Those were the only runs Jayson Miller gave up for the Travelers, and all were unearned.
Arkansas fought back into the game over the next few innings. Paul McAnulty led off the fourth with his second home run of the season. Clay Fuller led off the fifth inning with a hit and later scored on Guilder Rodriguez’s error at shortstop. But Richard Bleier struck out Julio Perez with the tying run on second to end the inning.
Frisco added another run in the seventh to make it 4-2. Matt Lawson led off with a double off of Barrett Browning and scored from third on a wild pitch from Ryan Aldridge.
The Riders needed that run, as Bleier walked Andrew Romine in the bottom of the seventh, and let him get to third via a stolen base and wild pitch, allowing Romine to score on Ryan Mount’s grounder. Evan Reed than came in and gave up a hit to Abel Nieves but struck out McAnulty to end the inning.
Reed and Zach Phillips did not allow a baserunner for the final two innings, as Phillips got his second save of the year.
Bleier got the win, allowing two earned runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings.
The Riders return to Frisco on Thursday when they open a four game series against the Corpus Christi Hooks. Kasey Kiker is scheduled to start the first game at 7 pm against Jordan Lyles.