AA: Frisco 3, NW Arkansas (KAN) 7
Frisco: 9 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts
Opponent: 12 hits, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts
Record: 28-30, 5.5 GB, 59-67 overall
SP Noah Bremer: 4 IP, 7 H (3 HR), 5 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 66 P / 50 S, 6.64 ERA
RP Aidan Anderson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.37 ERA
LF Wyatt Langford: 0-4
Langford’s first day in AA:
Check-swing grounder to the pitcher.
Soft liner to short not quite grabbed on the fly, and the shortstop threw out Langford from his knees by a quarter-step.
Grounder to second baseman playing nearly straight up the middle.
In the field, Langford took a do-or-die route on a hard fly by Jorge Bonifacio to the left-center gap, and the ball arched over his glove for a double.
Courtesy of Brandon McAuliffe, here’s a couple of photos of Langford in action:
The Schedule Ahead
AAA — Round Rock leads the division by one game with 18 to play. The Express visit El Paso this week followed by series against the two teams chasing them in the standings, Las Vegas (home) and Tacoma (road).
AA — Frisco is hosting NW Arkansas this week and then visits division-leading Amarillo to finish the regular season. Losing four straight has dropped the Riders to fourth place, 5.5 games back, and needing a good week plus some help from Amarillo for next week’s series to matter.
High-A — In the final week of the regular season, Hickory hosts Winston-Salem (60-61 overall) while Bowling Green, three games back, hosts Greensboro (63-63). The basic math is simple: Bowling Green has to win three more games than Hickory to claim the division. The situation is complicated by a potential make-up of an earlier rainout between the Crawdads and Dash. A decision on that game will come later this week, dependent on whether Hickory might need an opportunity to win it in order to clinch the division. Bowling Green had an earlier cancellation and will only play 65 of a possible 66 games, so this potential make-up prevents the possibility of a tie. Just as well, as Bowling Green would own the tiebreaker. Whether Hickory plays six games or seven this week, four wins would clinch the title no matter what Bowling Green does. The Crawdads will have a radio webcast if they advance to the playoffs.
Low-A — Down East hosts Augusta for the final six games. The Woodies claimed a playoff spot in June with a 37-24 first-half record. Next Tuesday, Down East will visit the second-half division champion (likely Carolina) for the first game of a best-of-three and host one or two games beginning next Thursday. The winner will advance to the finals against Myrtle Beach or Charleston.