RedHawks Game NotesApril 28, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Oklahoma City RedHawks
Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros
Game #23 of 144/Home #15 of 72 (8-6)
Pitching Probables: RR-Neil Ramirez (2-1, 2.14) vs. OKC-RH Paul Clemens (1-1, 1.59)
Saturday, April 28, 2012 | Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, Okla.| 7:05 p.m. CT
Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio - J.P. Shadrick & Alex Freedman
UPCOMING SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS (ALL TIMES CENTRAL)
Sunday, April 29 vs. Round Rock (TEX): OKC-LH Dallas Keuchel (3-1, 1.67) vs. RR-RH Greg Reynolds (1-2, 3.00) - 2:05 p.m., KGHM-AM 1340, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio
Monday, April 30 @ Albuquerque (LAD): OKC-TBA vs. ALB-RH John Ely (1-2, 6.64) - 7:35 p.m., KGHM-AM 1340, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio
Tuesday, May 1 @ Albuquerque (LAD): OKC-RH Henry Sosa (2-0, 3.18) vs. ALB-TBA - 7:35 p.m., KGHM-AM 1340, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio
Wednesday, May 2 @ Albuquerque (LAD): OKC-RH Aneury Rodriguez (1-3, 6.14) vs. ALB-RH Mike Parisi (1-1, 2.79) - 7:35 p.m., KGHM-AM 1340, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio
Thursday, May 3 @ Albuquerque (LAD): OKC-RH Paul Clemens (1-1, 1.59) vs. RR-RH Will Savage (4-0, 2.41) - 7:35 p.m., KGHM-AM 1340, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio
Tonight's Game-- The RedHawks need a win to ensure they will not have a losing homestand when they face the Express at 7:05 p.m. The pitching matchup should be a good one, as each team's starting pitcher is considered a top five prospect within his respective organization.
Last Night-- The Round Rock pitching staff shut down the RedHawks after the first inning and the Express offense pounded out 15 hits in an 8-3 win. After the RedHawks took a 2-0 lead in the first, three Round Rock pitchers combined to retire 25 of the final 27 OKC batters. After a shaky first frame, Martin Perez (2-2) settled down and earned the win for Round Rock, allowing three runs and four hits over six innings. The lefty retired 13 straight at one point as well as 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced. The Express took the lead in the fourth when they rallied for a couple of runs after they had none on and two out. Two more followed in the fifth, and Tommy Mendonca and Yangervis Solarte each homered in the latter innings. Aneury Rodriguez (1-3) took the loss for the RedHawks. For the second straight start, Rodriguez was pulled in the fourth inning. He allowed three runs and eight hits.
Tonight's Probable Pitchers-- Paul Clemens makes his first start since April 15 after about a two-week stint on the DL...He is off to a good start to the season, allowing just four runs over his first three starts (17 IP)...His 1.59 ERA would rank fourth in the PCL, but he is 0.2 IP short of the minimum to qualify...Clemens was the RedHawks opening night starter and in two starts in OKC, he's given up just two earned runs in 11 innings...He is in his first full year with the Astros after being acquired as part of a trade with Atlanta for Michael Bourn last July...Round Rock starter Neil Ramirez is also off to a great start...He's allowed one or no runs in three of his four starts and is coming off back-to-back starts in which he tossed six scoreless innings...His 2.14 ERA is currently seventh-best in the PCL and his 0.90 WHIP ranks fifth...Ramirez spent most of 2011 with Round Rock as well...In 18 starts, he went 4-2 with a 3.63 ERA.
Rough Starts-- After posting a 2.14 ERA through the first 16 games of the season, the starting rotation has faltered a bit during the homestand. Over the last six games, the starting rotation has a 7.09 ERA and has allowed 43 hits in 33 innings. Three starts of those have lasted less than five innings.
You Better Think Twice-- After nabbing three of four attempted base stealers last night, the RedHawks have caught 10 in 21 attempts for a 47.6% caught stealing rate, second-best in the league. Landon Powell has hosed out four of the five who've tried to steal against him, and Carlos Corporan is 6-for-16.
Moore Offense-- Scott Moore is first in the PCL in on-base percentage (.522), fifth in slugging percentage (.673), and sixth in batting average (.385). He leads the team with seven multi-RBI games and is tied for the team lead with six multi-hit games. He's also been perfect in the field in 77 total chances.
Notable Streaks-- Jimmy Paredes had his seven-game hit streak come to an end after going 0-for-4, and Brett Wallace snapped his six-game streak with an 0-for-3 night. Fernando Martinez now holds the team's longest current hitting streak at four games.
Bully For the Pen-- Even though RedHawks relievers surrendered five runs last night, the bullpen still has an impressive 2.36 ERA (9 ER/34.1 IP) over the last nine games. During this run, they've surrendered 31 hits with 38 strikeouts and 13 walks.
Snyder Family Reunion-- In the seventh inning of Thursday's game, brothers Brad and Ben Syder faced each other for the first time in any official game and for the first game at all since an intrasquad scrimmage in high school. Older brother Brad singled on a line drive to center field.
DH Rule in Effect-- For the first time this season, the RedHawks will play a series with a designated hitter. Last season, the RedHawks were 18-28 in games using the DH rule. Next season when the Astros move to the American League West, all minor league affiliates will always use a DH.
Hello, Old Friends-- From 1983-2010, the Oklahoma City franchise was affiliated with the Texas Rangers. The franchise won three American Association titles (1985, 1992, 1996) and was a Rangers affiiliate when the team became the RedHawks and moved to Bricktown. Round Rock manager Bobby Jones posted a 595-552 record as RedHawks skipper and won five division titles in eight seasons. Four players on each team played on the other at some point when the affilations were the other way around.
Tough Division-- The American Southern Division is making an early case for toughest division this season in the PCL. It is the only division where each team has double-digit wins, and last place Round Rock has more wins (10) than any other team currently at the bottom of its division, as well as more wins than seven other teams overall.
Against the Express-- Last season the RedHawks went 6-10 against Round Rock, who ran away with the division by 17 games...The RedHawks won just one of eight games at home, including losses in each of first six games...J.B. Shuck led the OKC offense, batting .396 against Express pitching...The next series is June 14-17 in Round Rock.
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