Round Rock Express - Game Notes at Oklahoma CityApril 29, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Round Rock Express
ROUND ROCK EXPRESS (10-13) at OKLAHOMA CITY REDHAWKS (15-8)
RADIO: 104.9 FM The Horn ESPN"Austin | ONLINE"AUDIO: www.espnaustin.com
EXPRESS: RHP Greg Reynolds (1-2, 3.00 ERA) | REDHAWKS: LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-1, 1.67 ERA)
Round Rock concludes a nine-day, eight-game road trip Sunday with the fourth of four games against the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Houston Astros). First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 a.m. CDT at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. The Express, 5-5 in their last 10 games, have won four of their last six games. The RedHawks are 6-4 in their last 10 games but have lost four of their last seven games. Round Rock is 6-9 on the road, while Oklahoma City is 9-6 at home. The RedHawks currently lead New Orleans by a half game in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division, five games ahead of the Express. This is the fourth of 16 meetings between Round Rock and Oklahoma City this season.
Tonight's game airs on 104.9 FM The Horn ESPN"Austin. Online audio also is available at www.espnaustin.com. Express Director of Broadcasting Mike Capps handles play-by-play duties.
This is the fourth of 16 meetings between the franchises that switched affiliations following the 2010 season. The teams split the first two games of the series, with Oklahoma City taking Thursday night's series opener 11-5 and Round Rock winning Friday night 8-3. Last night, the RedHawks took down Round Rock 11-5. To take a 2-1 series lead. The RedHawks visit The Dell Diamond for four-game series June 14-17 and Aug. 18-21, and the Express conclude the regular season Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at Oklahoma City. ... SERIES NOTES: Four current Express players were RedHawks members when Oklahoma City was the Rangers Triple-A affiliate - Julio Borbon, Michael Kirkman, Tanner Scheppers and Ben Snyder. ... Four RedHawks spent time in Round Rock when the Express were the Astros Triple-A affiliate - J.B. Shuck, Fernando Abad, Jordan Lyles, Sergio Perez. Brett Wallace was on the Express roster for one day following his trade to the Astros from the Blue Jays as part of the 2010 trade-deadline deal that sent Roy Oswalt to the Phillies; however, he did not appear in a game and was promoted to Houston when Lance Berkman was traded to the Yankees the following day. ... The series features brothers squaring off - Round Rock's Ben Snyder and Oklahoma City outfielder Brad Snyder. Brad singled off Ben in the sixth inning of Thursday's series opener.
GAME"21 | THURSDAY, APRIL 26
RedHawks 11, Express 5
WP: Sosa (2-0). LP: Kirkman (0-1). SV: None.
GAME"22 | FRIDAY, APRIL 27
Express 8, RedHawks 3
WP: Perez (2-2). LP: Rodriguez (1-3). SV: None.
GAME"23 | SATURDAY, APRIL 28
at Redhawks 11, Express 5
WP: Clemens (2-1). LP: Ramirez (2-2). SV: None.
GAME"24 | SUNDAY, APRIL 29 | 2:05 p.m. CDT
Express: RHP"Greg Reynolds (1-2, 3.00 ERA)
RedHawks: LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-1, 1.67 ERA)
RHP GREG REYNOLDS (1-2, 3.00 ERA)
2012: Non-roster invite to Rangers spring training ... made two starts and two relief appearances, going 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA (5 ER/12.0 IP) ... logged eight strikeouts against one walk and held batters to a .205 average (9-for-44) ... started Express exhibition game vs. Rangers at The Dell Diamond (April 2) ... no-decision in April 8 series finale at Iowa, a 6-5 Express loss; left game in line for win (5-2) ... suffered loss in April 13 start vs. Iowa, a 6-5 Cubs win ... saddled with tough-luck loss in April 18 start vs. Omaha, a 4-0 Storm Chasers win ... allowed four runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and a walk over seven innings.
LAST START: Earned season's first victory in April 23 start at New Orleans, an 8-1 Express win ... longest outing of season (eight innings) ... did not allow a run until Sergio Pedroza's two-out solo homer in the eighth ... scattered four singles and a walk with no walks and two strikeouts ... hit one batter ... utilized three double plays to face four batters over the minimum ... used 93 pitches, 58 strikes.
2011: Split season between Colorado Rockies and Triple-A Colorado Springs ... broke camp with Rockies before being optioned to Colorado Springs two weeks later ... returned to Denver for a spot start July 2, a one-outing stint in early August, and returned to the Rockies bullpen for September ... appeared in 13 games (three starts)"with Colorado, going 3-0 with a 6.19 ERA"(22 ER/32.0 IP) and 18 strikeouts against 10 walks ... major league batters hit .303 (40-for-132) against him ... no-decision in season's first start at Pittsburgh, going six innings and allowing two runs on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts ... won next start at New York (NL), allowing two runs on five hits and two walks over five innings with one strikeout ... won spot start July 7 vs. Kansas City despite allowing five runs on eight hits, including two homers, over five innings; struck out three, walked a batter and hit a batter ... posted a 8.47 ERA (16 ER/17.0 IP) in nine appearances (one start)"at Coors Field but a 3.60 ERA"(6 ER/15.0 IP) in four road outings (two starts)"... made 19 starts with Colorado Springs, going 6-7 with a 6.81 ERA"(83 ER/109.2 IP) and 65 strikeouts against 32 walks ... PCL"opponents hit .343 (160-for-466) with 10 home runs ... won each of first three decisions, including first two starts ... lost five of last six decisions, all coming a six-start stretch from July 15 to Aug. 21 ... 10 home runs allowed came in 10 different starts ... best outing was July 7 vs. Salt Lake, tossing seven scoreless innings on seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts ... surrendered at least four runs in 14 of 19 starts, including season-high eight runs June 26 at Salt Lake ... did not face Round Rock ... posted a 3.32 first-inning ERA"(7 ER/19.0 IP) but a 7.54 ERA"(76 ER/90.2 IP) thereafter ... opponents were 4-for-8 with the bases loaded but did not homer.
2011 vs. OKLAHOMA CITY: With Colorado Springs, did not face Oklahoma City.
NOTABLE: Gregory Adam Reynolds ... drafted second overall by Colorado in 2006 ... acquired by Rangers following 2011 season in trade that involved former Express first baseman Chad Tracy ... went 13-10, 4.11 (94 ER/206.0 IP) in 51 games/28 starts over a three-year career for the Stanford Cardinal ... is the highest-draft pick in school history ... in final season, led team in wins, ERA, strikeouts, innings and starts ... prior to the 2006 draft, was rated by Baseball America as the fourth-best pitcher and fifth-best draft prospect overall ... tossed complete games in three consecutive starts ahead of the draft, April 30-May 12, besting Cal's Brandon Morrow (drafted fifth overall by Seattle) May 5 and Washington's Tim Lincecum (10th overall by San Francisco) May 12 ... aided in Stanford's win at Austin Regional, tossing complete-game victory in the Cardinal's 7-2 win June 2 over North Carolina State ... earned NCAA All-Regional honors for that effort ... was named All-Pac 10 honorable mention in 2006 ... ... took loss in championship game of 2005 NCAA"Waco Regional at Baylor Ballpark, striking out 10 batters over 11.0-plus innings of 4-3 loss ... pitched in Cape Cod League in summers of both 2004 and 2005 ... in his senior year (2003) at Terra Nova [Calif.] High School, was named Gatorade California Baseball Player and Bay Area Athlete of the Year, also earning all-state, first-team All-San Mateo County and Peninsula Athletic League Player of the Year honors after going 4-3 with a 0.91 ERA (85.0 IP) ... was recruited by several D-I schools as a quarterback ... played three summers (2000-2002) with Pacifica Joe DiMaggio team ... was drafted by Philadelphia out of Terra Nova High School in the 41st round of the 2003 June draft but did not sign.
Round Rock has at least one double in every game since the season opener - a 23-game run. ... Express batters have clubbed nine home runs in the last six games after hitting 12 homers in the season's first 17 games. ... Express relievers boast a 3.50 ERA (36 ER/92.2 IP). The bullpen has allowed 20 earned runs in 65.0 innings (2.77 ERA) over the last 16 games since a ninth-inning blown save April 11 at Omaha. Round Rock relievers have allowed more than one earned run in a game only four times in that span, one of which was in a 13-inning game and the other was last night (5 ER/7.0 IP). ... Round Rock and Iowa have played more one-run games (10 each) than any other team in the PCL. Seven of those one-run games were against each other. The Express are 4-6 in one-run games, winning three of their last four such games. ... Of Round Rock's 23 home runs, 12 have been solo shots, including six to leadoff an inning; 12 came with no outs. ... Express batters are 4-for-16 (.250) with the bases loaded (no home runs) and are hitless in their last eight bases-loaded at bats; however, they have drawn four walks in that time. Opposing batters are 9-for-19 (.474) with the bases loaded (two home runs). Oklahoma City was 3-for-3 with a grand slam in Thursday's series opener. ... Round Rock has committed 14 errors in the last 11 games after committing only five errors in the season's first 11 games. The Express committed at least one error in nine of the last 14 games but have gone consecutive games without an error for the first time since a season-opening five-game streak. ... Round Rock is 0-10 when trailing after seven innings, one of six PCL teams winless in that situation.
Mike Bianucci snapped an 0-for-12 slump with his fourth-inning single Friday night. He is 5-for-37 (.135) since a sixth-inning single April 16 vs. Iowa than capped a season-opening, 11-game hitting streak. Bianucci has one homer over his last 14 games (67 at bats) after hitting four in his first six games. He has seven multiple-hit games, all two-hit efforts. Bianucci has struck out at least once in eight straight games, fanning 12 times in that span. He is 8-for-22 (.364) with runners in scoring position. ... Julio Borbon is 4-for-49 (.082) with no extra-base hits over his last 11 games, watching his average drop more than 100 points in that time. He produced two RBI Friday night, snapping a 10-game dry spell. It was his first multiple-RBI outing of the season. Borbon has five walks against one strikeout over the last four games. ... Dusty Brown produced his first multiple-hit game since April 15 vs. Iowa Thursday night. He is 3-for-6 with a double, two RBI and three walks in his last two games. ... Joey Butler has not gone hitless in consecutive games since April 17-18, 2011, the fourth and fifth games of his Triple-A career. He has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games (.333, 23-for-69) with three homers, seven RBI, seven doubles and 18 runs scored. Six of his 10 RBI this season came via home runs. Butler has reached safely in all but the season's fourth game, currently building a 18-game streak. He is 2-for-17 (.118) with runners on base and two outs, and 2-for-13 (.154) with RISP and two outs. Butler is hitting .400 (8-for-20) when leading off an inning. He is the active PCL leader with 21 runs scored and has scored in seven of his last nine games. ... Luis Hernandez has hit safely in six straight games (.379, 11-for-29) with multiple hits in each of his last three games. He has struck out only five in his last 13 games, a span of 53 at bats. ... Matt Kata has reached safely in 11 of 12 games played with at least one plate appearance and scored at least once in three of his last four games. Kata snapped a six-game streak without an RBI April 23, plating two runs with his third-inning single. He is 6-for-15 (.400) when leading off an inning. ... Leonys Martin has hit safely in five straight games (.381, 8-for-21) and six of his last seven games (.345, 10-for-29). He leads the team with 11 multiple-hit games, four of which were three-hit outings. Martin is hitting .417 (10-for-24) when leading off an inning with two home runs and three walks. He is 7-for-17 (.412) with runners in scoring position and 2-for-6 with RISP and two outs. ... Luis Martinez went 0-for-4 last night to snap a three game hitting streak. He is 6-for-16 (.375) with runners in scoring position. ... Tommy Mendonca homered for the first time since April 15 Friday night, snapping a nine-game spell. He also produced his first multiple-hit game since a four-hit outing April 10 at Omaha. Mendonca was 6-for-43 (.140) between multiple-hit games with 13 strikeouts and two walks in that time. He has not walked since April 12. Mendonca is 3-for-6 with RISP and two outs, but 1-for-15 (.067) when leading off an inning and 0-for-9 with RISP and fewer than two outs. ... Greg Miclat has hit safely in four of his last five games with at least one plate appearance. ... Brad Nelson is 10-for-22 (.455) with four multiple-hit outings, four RBI and eight runs scored over his last five games after a 1-for-18 (.056) skid. Nelson clubbed his first homer of the season April 23 at New Orleans in his 16th game and 64th at bat; he hit 24 homers last season, 22 of which came after his 15th game of the season. He is 3-for-14 (.214) with RISP and two outs. ... Yangervis Solarte has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, going 18-for-42 (.429) in that time with five multiple-hit games. He is riding an nine-game hitting streak (.457, 16-for-35) that includes a trio of three-hit games and an RBI in six of the nine games; he has one strikeout during the streak. Solarte has reached safely in 12 straight games, and he is 4-for-13 with RISP and two outs. ... Sean Green has yielded one run in two of eight appearances and none in the other six. Opposing batters are 1-for-9 (.111) with RISP and two outs. ... Mark Hamburger has worked 5.2 scoreless innings over three relief outings since returning to the bullpen after yielding 17 ER over 10.1 innings (14.81 ERA) in three starts. He has faced three over the minimum as a reliever, holding opponents to a .158 average (3-for-19) with one walk and seven strikeouts. ... Opposing batters are 0-for-8 with RISP and two outs against Derek Hankins. Eight of the 14 hits he has allowed came with the bases empty. ... Aaron Heilman owns a 2.00 ERA (2 ER/9.0 IP) over his last four outings with seven strikeouts against three walks. Three of the four earned runs Heilman has surrendered this season were via home runs. ... Neil Ramirez was named PCL Pitcher of the Week April 23 after earning wins in two starts with no runs allowed over six innings in each start. He allowed six runs on just one inning is his last start, his shortest in 23 starts at the triple-A level. ... Greg Reynolds is tied for second in the PCL with 27.0 innings and fifth among league starters with 1.00 walks per nine innings. He has allowed two earned runs over 15.0 innings in his last two starts for a 1.20 ERA in that time. Both runs came via solo homers. Reynolds allows opponents a .444 average (12-for-27) when leading off an inning but holds them to a .108 mark (4-for-37) with runners on base, inducing four double plays. Opposing batters are 1-for-15 (.067) with runners on base and two outs and 0-for-18 with runners in scoring position. ... Tanner Scheppers has converted each of his last three save opportunities over a six-appearance span, posting a 1.50 ERA (1 ER/6.0 IP) over that time. He is tied for second in the PCL with four saves. Opposing batters are 3-for-7 against him with RISP and two outs. ... Ben Snyder allowed four runs in his one and one-third innings last night, a season high. It broke a streak of not allowing a run in four straight outings. Opposing batters are 5-for-20 (.250) with runners in scoring position. ... Yoshinori Tateyama held the opposition scoreless in five of six outings, allowing one run in the other appearance. Opponents are 4-for-26 (.154) with two extra-base hits (both doubles) against Yoshinori, including an 0-for-6 mark with runners in scoring position.
Round Rock returns to The Dell Diamond for an eight-game home stand that begins with a four-game series against the New Orleans Zephyrs (Miami Marlins). The series runs Monday through Thursday with a 7:05 p.m. CDT first pitch each night. The Express won three of four against the Zephyrs at Metairie, La. (April 21-24).
GAME"25 | MONDAY, APRIL 30 | 7:05 p.m. CDT | THE DELL DIAMOND
Express: LHP Zach Jackson (1-2, 5.32 ERA)
Zephyrs: RHP Tom Koehler (0-3, 5.85 ERA)
GAME"26 | TUESDAY, MAY 1 | 7:05 p.m. CDT | THE DELL DIAMOND
Express: LHP Michael Kirkman (0-1, 11.45)
Zephyrs: RHP J.D. Martin (2-1, 6.30 ERA)
GAME"27 | WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 | 7:05 p.m. CDT | THE DELL DIAMOND
Express: LHP Martin Perez (2-2, 4.13 ERA)
Zephyrs: RHP Alex Sanabia (3-0, 2.31 ERA)
GAME"28 | THURSDAY, MAY 3 | 7:05 p.m. CDT | THE DELL DIAMOND
Express: RHP Neil Ramirez (2-1, 2.14 ERA)
Zephyrs: LHP Brad Hand (2-1, 3.63 ERA)
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