Round Rock Express - Game Notes vs. New Orleans Zephyrs (MiamiApril 30, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Round Rock Express
ROUND ROCK EXPRESS (10-14) vs. NEW ORLEANS ZEPHYRS (14-9)
RADIO: 104.9 FM The Horn ESPN"Austin | ONLINE"AUDIO: www.espnaustin.com
EXPRESS: LHP Zach Jackson (1-2, 5.32 ERA) | ZEPHYRS: RHP Tom Koehler (0-3, 5.85 ERA)
Round Rock begins an eight-game home stand tonight, opening a four-game series against the New Orleans Zephyrs (Miami Marlins). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT at The Dell Diamond. The Express most recently dropped three of four at Oklahoma City, losing each of the series' last two games. Round Rock is 5-5 it its last 10 games. The Zephyrs most recently split a four-game series at home against Albuquerque, also losing the series' final two games. New Orleans is 4-6 in its last 10 games. The Express are 4-4 at home, while the Zephyrs are 4-3 on the road. This is the fifth of 16 meetings between the Pacific Coast League American Southern Conference foes. The Zephyrs trail division-leading Oklahoma City by one-and-a-half games, while the Express trail by six games.
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.
Round Rock leads the season series three games to one, winning a series at New Orleans last week. The Zephyrs won the series opener, but the Express rebounded for wins in each of the series' final three games. This is the second of four series between the teams this season. The Zephyrs return to The Dell Diamond June 30-July 3, and the Express return to Zephyr Field in the season's penultimate series Aug. 27-30. ... SERIES NOTES: Round Rock is hitting .299 as a team, averaging 11.0 hits per game. The Express have clubbed eight homers, including a season-high four in the series' second game. Meanwhile, Express pitchers have limited the Zephyrs to a .236 average and one home run with a 2.57 ERA (10 ER/35.0 IP). Round Rock has out-scored New Orleans 25-2 over the last three games. ... Joey Butler is 7-for-15 (.467) with two homers, four RBI, two doubles, six runs scored, four walks and one strikeout in four games. ... Matt Kata is 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles, two RBI and five runs scored in three games. ... Brad Nelson is 5-for-14 (.357) with a home run, two RBI, a double and four runs scored in three games ... Yangervis Solarte is 8-for-16 (.500) with two homers, three RBI, a double and five runs scored in four games.
GAME"25 | MONDAY, APRIL 30 | 7:05 p.m. CDT
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
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
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
Express: RHP Neil Ramirez (2-2, 4.50 ERA)
Zephyrs: LHP Brad Hand (2-1, 3.18 ERA)
LHP ZACH JACKSON (1-2, 5.32 ERA)
2012: Allowed four runs on five hits in two innings of relief with no walks and one strikeout in April 2 exhibition game vs. Rangers ... suffered loss in April 9 start at Omaha, a 6-3 Express defeat ... no-decision in April 14 start vs. Iowa, a 6-5 Cubs win ... collared with loss in April 19 start vs. Omaha, a 7-2 Storm Chasers win ... staff-best six double plays induced, including three in April 14 start vs. Iowa ... surrendered at least one home run in each of first three starts (five total), including three in April 19 start vs. Omaha ... opponents are 1-for-11 (.091) with runners on base and two outs, 0-for7 with RISP and two outs.
LAST START: Earned season's first victory in April 24 start at New Orleans, a 7-1 Express win ... worked six shutout innings on six hits and one walk with six strikeouts ... allowed three doubles, including a pair to Chris Aguila ... used 88 pitches, 59 strikes.
2011 vs. NEW ORLEANS: No-decision in lone appearance vs. New Orleans, a June 24 start at Zephyr Field ... allowed one run on three hits and no walks with four strikeouts over four innings ... lone run came on Chris Aguila's two-out solo homer in the second ... Express won game 2-1 in seven innings in the back end of a suspended-game doubleheader.
2011: Tied franchise record with 13 wins (Jason Hirsh, 2006), three more than any other left-hander in Express history (Stephen Randolph, 2007) ... appeared in 28 games with 23 starts, tied for sixth in franchise history and third among southpaws ... led staff with 152.0 innings, sixth in Express history and third among lefties ... induced staff-best 20 double plays, second in franchise history ... win total was second in PCL, first among left-handers ... Round Rock has won 12 of his last 15 starts ... won six of last seven decisions and five of last six starts ... 7-2 in 10 outings after All-Star break ... worked at least into the sixth inning in 19 of 23 starts, going at least 7.0 innings five times ... tossed complete game in season's final outing, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts Sept. 4 vs. Albuquerque ... carried no-hitter into the eighth inning April 20 at Oklahoma City; bid broken up on first pitch of eighth inning ... wins April 9 vs. Iowa, April 20 at Oklahoma City, May 27 vs. Iowa, June 1 at Oklahoma City, June 12 at Iowa, June 20 vs. Omaha (relief), July 17 at Memphis, July 27 vs. Memphis, Aug. 1 at Nashville, Aug. 6 vs. Salt Lake, Aug. 12 at Sacramento (relief), Aug. 30 at Omaha, Sept. 4 vs. Albuquerque ... losses May 16 at Las Vegas, June 6 vs. Albuquerque, July 8 vs. Memphis (relief) and July 22 at Omaha, Aug. 25 at Albuquerque ... 11.51 ERA in four losses (29 ER/22.2 IP) ... 6-2, 5.09 ERA, .298 opponents' average in 11 starts, three relief appearances at The Dell Diamond ... 7-3, 5.92 ERA, .310 opponents' average in 12 starts, two relief outings on the road ... 15 of 21 home runs allowed were solo shots, including 14 of last 16 ... first-inning ERA was 7.43 (19 ER/23.0 IP) ... opponents hit .234 (15-for-64) with runners in scoring position and two outs.
NOTABLE: Began college career at Louisville (2002-2003) ... at Louisville, lettered two years as a pitcher ... had an overall record of 17-9 which ranked third all-time at Louisville ... earned Freshman All-American honors after the 2002 season ... earned All-Conference USA second team and CUSA All-Freshman team honors after the 2002 season ... played for the Hyannis Mets in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2003, earning a spot on the Cape Cod All-Star Game ... transferred to Texas A&M in 2004 ... went 10-7 with a 3.58 ERA in 18 starts his junior year prior to being drafted by Toronto ... was a community health and sport management major in college ... lettered four years at Seneca Valley High School in Cranberry Township, Pa. ... compiled a career high school record of 25-4 on the mound and hit a school-record 12 home runs ... struck out 17 batters in final high school game ... originally drafted by the White Sox in the 50th round of the 2001 June draft.
The Express are 2-11 when allowing at least five runs, losing five straight since a 13-inning, 11-10 victory April 15 vs. Iowa. ... Round Rock has at least one double in every game since the season opener - a 23-game run. ... Express batters have clubbed 10 home runs in the last seven games after hitting 12 homers in the season's first 17 games. ... Express relievers boast a 3.49 ERA (37 ER/95.1 IP). The bullpen has allowed 21 earned runs in 67.2 innings (2.79 ERA) over the last 17 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, including a 13-inning game and a five-run, seven-inning night April 28 at Oklahoma City. ... Round Rock, Iowa and Memphis have played more one-run games (10 each) than any other team in the PCL; all three teams are 4-6 in such games. Seven of those one-run games were between Round Rock and Iowa. ... Of Round Rock's 24 home runs, 13 have been solo shots, including seven to leadoff an inning; 13 came with no outs. ... Express batters are 4-for-18 (.222) with the bases loaded (no home runs) and are hitless in their last 10 bases-loaded at bats; however, they have drawn four walks in that time. Opposing batters are 11-for-21 (.524) with the bases loaded (two home runs), going 7-for-9 over the last eight games. Oklahoma City was 5-for-5 with a grand slam in Round Rock's most recent series. ... Round Rock has committed 16 errors in the last 12 games after committing only five errors in the season's first 11 games. The Express committed at least one error in 10 of the last 15 games, going consecutive games without an error only once in that span. ... Round Rock is 0-11 when trailing after seven innings, one of six PCL teams winless in that situation.
Mike Bianucci is 6-for-40 (.150) since a sixth-inning single April 16 vs. Iowa that capped a season-opening, 11-game hitting streak. Bianucci has one homer over his last 15 games (70 at bats) after hitting four in his first six games. He has seven multiple-hit games, all two-hit efforts, but has only one multiple-hit effort in his last 10 games. Bianucci snapped a streak of eight consecutive games with at least one strikeout in Sunday's series finale at Oklahoma City; he fanned 12 times during that span. ... Julio Borbon produced his first multiple-hit game since a four-hit outing April 14 vs. Iowa in Sunday's series finale at Oklahoma City. He is 6-for-53 (.113) over his last 12 games, during which time his average dropped 97 points. He has three RBI over his last 13 games, all of which came in the last three games. Borbon has five walks against one strikeout over his last six outings. ... Dusty Brown collected two hits in each of his last two games. He has hit safely in three straight, going 5-for-10 with three RBI, two doubles, three walks, no strikeouts and a run scored. ... 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 19 of 23 games played, reaching safely in all but two. Butler snapped an 18-game on-base streak in Sunday's series finale at Oklahoma City, going 0-for-4. Six of his 10 RBI this season came via home runs. He is tied with Fresno's Roger Kieschnick for the PCL lead with 22 runs scored, and he has scored eight times over his last 10 games. Butler is hitting .400 (26-for-65) when putting the ball in play. ... Luis Hernandez has hit safely in seven straight games (.353, 12-for-34) with three multiple-hit outings and a pair of three-hit efforts. He has struck out only five in his last 14 games, a span of 58 at bats. ... Matt Kata is riding a five-game hitting streak (.304, 7-for-23) with four RBI and six runs scored in that time. He has at least one RBI in each of his last three games. Kata has reached safely in 12 of 13 games played with at least one plate appearance. ... Leonys Martin has hit safely in six straight games (.346, 9-for-26) with three multiple-hit outings in that time. He leads the team with 11 multiple-hit games, four of which were three-hit outings. Martin has struck out at least once in six of his last seven games. ... Tommy Mendonca is 8-for-50 (.160) since a four-hit outing April 10 at Omaha. He has not walked since April 12, a 12-game span. Mendonca is 3-for-6 with RISP and two outs, but 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 has hit safely in six straight games since snapping a 1-for-18 skid. He is hitting .440 (11-for-25) during the current hitting streak with one home run, four RBI, two doubles and nine runs scored, crossing the plate at least once in five of the six games. ... Yangervis Solarte is riding a 10-game hitting streak, Round Rock's fourth streak of at least 10 games this season. He is hitting .425 (17-for-40) during the streak with three homers, eight RBI, three doubles and eight runs scored. Solarte has reached safely in 13 straight games. ... 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-9 with RISP and two outs against Derek Hankins. He has not allowed multiple runs in any of his last seven outings since surrendering two in his first appearance of the season. ... 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 April 27 at Oklahoma City in his next start, his shortest outing in 23 starts at the Triple-A level. ... 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. ... 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 continues an eight-game home stand with a four-game series against the Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals). The series opens Friday with a 7:05 p.m. CDT first pitch, followed by games Saturday at 7:05 p.m., Sunday at 1:05 p.m. and Monday at 12:05 p.m. This is the first of four series between the two teams this season.
GAME"29 | FRIDAY, MAY 4 | 7:05 p.m. CDT | THE DELL DIAMOND
Express: RHP Greg Reynolds (1-3, 4.45 ERA)
Redbirds: RHP Joe Kelly (1-1, 2.17 ERA)
GAME"30 | SATURDAY, MAY 5 | 7:05 p.m. CDT | THE DELL DIAMOND
Express: LHP Zach Jackson (1-2, 5.32 ERA; starts tonight)
Redbirds: LHP Nick Additon (0-1, 3.52 ERA; starts tonight)
GAME"31 | SUNDAY, MAY 6 | 1:05 p.m. CDT | THE DELL DIAMOND
Express: LHP Michael Kirkman (0-1, 11.45; starts tomorrow)
Redbirds: RHP Brandon Dickson (1-1, 3.29 ERA; starts tomorrow)
GAME"32 | MONDAY, MAY 7 | 12:05 p.m. CDT | THE DELL DIAMOND
Express: LHP Martin Perez (2-2, 4.13 ERA; starts Wednesday)
Redbirds: RHP Brian Broderick (1-4, 5.25 ERA; starts Wednesday)
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