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Thompson leads Riders to series-opening win in Springdale

Bubba Thompson drives in two, Frisco wins 4-2 in 10 innings
August 11, 2021

SPRINGDALE, Arkansas (August 11, 2021) – The Frisco RoughRiders took 10 innings to drop the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 4-2 in the series opener Wednesday from Arvest Ballpark. The RoughRiders (51-34) jumped out in front on the second pitch of the game when Bubba Thompson smashed a leadoff home run in

SPRINGDALE, Arkansas (August 11, 2021) – The Frisco RoughRiders took 10 innings to drop the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 4-2 in the series opener Wednesday from Arvest Ballpark.

The RoughRiders (51-34) jumped out in front on the second pitch of the game when Bubba Thompson smashed a leadoff home run in the first inning. It was his 12th home run of the year and his fifth to lead off a game. Later in the inning, Blaine Crim crushed a solo home run of his own to make it 2-0. Crim has now hit three home runs in his first seven games in Frisco.

Vinnie Pasquantino put the Naturals (44-41) on the board in the bottom of the first with an RBI single, cutting into the Riders lead 2-1.

Northwest Arkansas then tied the game in the fourth when Brewer Hicklen knocked in a run on a single, knotting the contest at 2-2.

The game then went into extras, when Thompson started things again, tripling home Miguel Aparicio off of Josh Dye (3-1) to give Frisco a 3-2 lead. Justin Foscue, who collected two hits in his Double-A debut, then singled Thompson home to increase the advantage to 4-2.

Fernery Ozuna (5-3) threw the last two innings in the win while Daniel Robert threw a shutout inning in his Double-A debut and Noah Bremer added two scoreless frames in relief.

In his second RoughRiders start, Cody Bradford ceded just two runs in five innings while striking out seven and not walking a batter.

The Riders and Naturals continue the series on Thursday, August 12th at 7:05 p.m. Frisco hands RHP Cole Winn (3-3, 2.59) the ball to face off against LHP Foster Griffin (0-1, 3.24).

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About the RoughRiders

The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 15 seasons (2005-2019). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. Since then, the new ownership group, together with the City of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise enhancements, investing over $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store and the world's largest water feature in a sports facility, the massive Lazy River. These enhancements earned the Riders and the City of Frisco Ballpark Digest's prestigious "Best Ballpark Renovation" award for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016). More than 160 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact [email protected]