Round Rock Express - Game Notes at Tacoma RainiersMay 15, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Round Rock Express
GAME 40 | 15 MAY 2012 | 1:35 P.M. CDT | CHENEY STADIUM | TACOMA, WASH.
ROUND ROCK EXPRESS (17-22) at TACOMA RAINIERS (15-23)
RADIO: 1530 AM ESPN"Austin | ONLINE"AUDIO: www.espnaustin.com
EXPRESS: RHP Greg Reynolds (2-3, 4.12 ERA) | RAINIERS: RHP Forrest Snow (0-3, 7.57 ERA)
Round Rock concludes an eight-game road trip Tuesday with the finale of a four-game series against the Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners). First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. CDT at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. The Express have dropped six straight after last night's 13-6 loss, matching their longest skid of the season. Round Rock is 3-7 over its last 10 games. The Rainiers have won four straight, their first streak of more than two games this season; the streak comes on the heels of a seven-game skid. Round Rock is 7-16 on the road, dropping nine of their last 11 since winning three straight at New Orleans last month. Tacoma is 9-10 at Cheney Stadium. The Express are fourth in the Pacific Coast League's American Southern Division, trailing Albuquerque by seven games. The Rainiers are fourth in the PCL's Pacific Northern Division, trailing Reno by five games.
Today's game airs on 1530 AM 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 lone series between the two squads this season. The Rainiers have out-scored the Express 28-6 en route to winning each of the series' first three games. Tacoma won three of four games at The Dell Diamond last season. ... SERIES NOTES: Round Rock is 8-23 all-time against Tacoma, dropping all but two of the eight series against the Rainiers. The Express are 2-13 at Cheney Stadium; the E-Train snapped a nine-game losing streak at the venue with a victory in the third game of the 2010 series but have since lost four straight. Round Rock had lost 10 straight against Tacoma regardless of location prior to that 2010 victory. The Rainiers have won each of the last five series, sweeping series in 2008 and 2009. Round Rock's lone series win came in 2007, taking three of four at The Dell Diamond. The teams split the 2005 series in Round Rock. ... The Express are hitting .216 (22-for-102) in the series. Only Ryan Spilborghs (.417, 5-for-12) and Julio Borbon (.308, 4-for-13) are at or above .300. The Rainiers are hitting .343 (37-for-108) with 11 doubles and three homers. Guillermo Quiroz (.556, 5-for-9) is one of six Tacoma players to have participated in at least two of the three games hitting .300 or better. ... Express pitchers have surrendered four innings of four-plus runs in the series after yielding nine such innings over the season's first 36 games. ... Julio Borbon is 10-for-31 (.323) in seven career games vs. Tacoma; all 10 hits were singles. Joey Butler is 10-for-26 (.385) in seven career games against the Rainiers with three homers, six RBI and six runs scored. Matt Kata has played 17 career games against Tacoma not counting his 2003 games with Tucson (stats not available); he is hitting .250 (16-for-64) with two homers, 12 RBI, six doubles, three triples and eight run scored. Luis Martinez is hitting .343 (12-for-35) in 13 career games vs. Tacoma with one RBI, two doubles and three runs scored. Brad Nelson has played 20 career games against Tacoma, hitting .266 (21-for-79) with five homers, 16 RBI, seven doubles and 13 runs scored. Spilborghs is 33-for-99 (.333) in 25 career games against Tacoma with four homers, 12 RBI, six doubles and 21 runs scored. He was 8-for-19 (.421) in four games against the Rainiers while with Colorado Springs last season. Tanner Scheppers has made four career relief appearances against Tacoma, going 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA (1 ER/9.0 IP) and 10 strikeouts against two walks.
GAME"37 | SATURDAY, MAY 12
at Rainiers 6, Express 1
WP: Ramirez (1-0). LP: Hankins (1-3). SV: None.
GAME"38 | SUNDAY, MAY 13
at Rainiers 9, Express 1
WP: Vasquez (4-2). LP: Ramirez (4-3). SV: None.
GAME"39 | MONDAY, MAY 14
at Rainiers 13, Express 6
WP: Marquez (3-3). LP: Perez (3-3). SV: None.
GAME"40 | TUESDAY, MAY 15 | 1:35 p.m. CDT
Express: RHP Greg Reynolds (2-3, 4.12 ERA)
Rainiers: RHP Forrest Snow (0-3, 7.57 ERA)
RHP GREG REYNOLDS (2-3, 4.12 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 ... earned season's first victory in April 23 start at New Orleans, an 8-1 Express win; posted longest outing of season by an Express pitcher (eight innings) and did not allow a run until a two-out solo homer in the eighth ... suffered least effective start of season in April 29 loss at Oklahoma City, a 9-4 RedHawks win; allowed eight runs on 10 hits over 5.1 innings ... rebounded for victory in May 4 start vs. Memphis, an 8-1 Express win; allowed one run over 5.1 innings ... second on squad with seven double plays induced ... three or fewer earned runs allowed in five of seven starts; 12 total allowed in other two starts ... has not recorded more than two strikeouts in any start since season's first (three) and no strikeouts over last two starts ... has not allowed a second-inning earned run ... holding opponents to a .148 average (4-for-27) with runners on base and two outs (one home run); .133 (2-for-15) with RISP"and two outs ... opponents hitting .455 (20-for-44) when leading off an inning with three home runs.
LAST"START: No-decision in May 9 start at Salt Lake, a 10-9 Express loss ... allowed four runs, one of which was unearned, on 10 hits and two walks over 5.1 innings with no strikeouts ... also uncorked one wild pitch ... utilized two double plays ... left game leading 9-4 ... both bequeathed runners were stranded ... used 77 pitches, 53 strikes.
2011 vs. TACOMA: With Colorado Springs, 1-0 with a 6.88 ERA"(13 ER/17.0 IP) in 17.0 innings over three starts with 11 strikeouts against six walks and a .360 opponents' average ... claimed victory in season's first start April 19 at Tacoma; held Rainiers to two runs on eight hits over six innings with six strikeouts and one walk ... no-decision in June 21 start at Tacoma, a 5-4 SkySox victory in 14 innings; allowed four runs on six hits over seven innings with two walks and two strikeouts ... no-decision in Aug. 26 start at Colorado Springs, a 12-10 Rainiers victory in 11 innings; surrendered eight runs, seven earned, over four innings on 13 hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
CAREER vs. TACOMA: 1-2 with a 5.83 ERA"(19 ER/29.1 IP) in five starts with 14 strikeouts against eight walks ... was 0-2 with a 4.38 ERA"(6 ER/12.1 IP) in two starts in 2008, also with Colorado Springs ... faced Tacoma in consecutive starts in 2008 ... allowed seven runs, five earned, on 11 hits over 5.1 innings in April 13 start with no walks and one strikeout ... surrendered five runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits over seven innings April 20 with two walks, two hit batters and two strikeouts.
NOTABLE: Gregory Adam Reynolds ... drafted second overall by Colorado in 2006 ... went 13-10, 4.11 ERA"over a three-year career for the Stanford Cardinal ... highest-draft pick in school history ... led team in wins, ERA, strikeouts, innings and starts in final season ... rated by Baseball America as the fourth-best pitcher and fifth-best draft prospect overall prior to 2006 draft ... tossed complete games in three consecutive starts ahead of the draft, besting Cal's Brandon Morrow (fifth overall, Seattle) and Washington's Tim Lincecum (10th overall, San Francisco) in that span ... 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, striking out 10 batters over 11.0-plus innings of 4-3 loss ... Prepped at Terra Nova [Calif] High School ... 2003 Gatorade California Baseball Player and Bay Area Athlete of the Year after going 4-3 with a 0.91 ERA ... recruited by several D-I schools as a quarterback ... drafted by Philadelphia out of high school (41st round) but did not sign.
ISN'T THIS WHERE...
...we used to play? Brad Nelson and Sean Green both previously played for the Rainiers. Nelson was with Tacoma in 2009 and 2010. He hit .247 (68-for-275) in 78 games with 15 homers and 45 RBI after being traded from the Brewers to the Mariners in 2009. Nelson hit .259 (106-for-409) in 114 games with 17 homers, 60 RBI and 26 doubles in leading the Rainiers to the 2010 PCL title. Green spent parts three seasons (2005-2007) with the Rainiers. He was 4-2 with a 3.65 ERA (20 ER/49.1 IP) and one save in 33 relief appearances in 2005 after being promoted from Double-A San Antonio; it was his first season at the Triple-A level. The following season, Green split time between Tacoma and Seattle, going 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA (6 ER/24.0 IP) and five saves in 15 relief outings for the Rainiers. He again split 2007 between Tacoma and Seattle, going 2-1 with a 2.04 ERA (4 ER/17.2 IP) and one save in 10 relief appearances for the Rainiers.
Round Rock is 1-6 on the current road trip through the PCL's Pacific Conference that began with dropping three of four at Salt Lake. The Express are 49-69 all-time on the road against PCL Pacific teams, despite going 10-6 west of Texas in each of the past two seasons. This will be Round Rock's first sub-.500 trip through the Pacific Conference since August 2009 when the E-Train was 1-3 at Reno and 1-3 at Las Vegas. That said, the Express have finished at or above .500 on just four of 15 such trips since joining the PCL in 2005; Round Rock was 3-1 at Fresno and 2-2 at Sacramento on the second west swing in 2005 and did not enjoy another successful trip until going 3-1 at Salt Lake and 2-2 at Colorado Springs on the first trip of 2010.
Yangervis Solarte's 22-game hitting streak was snapped Saturday night when he was 0-for-4 at Tacoma. The streak was the longest in Round Rock's Triple-A history (since 2005), eclipsing the former mark posted by Mark Saccomanno in 2008 (18 games), and stands as the PCL's longest this season. It was the league's 10th streak of at least 22 games since the start of the 2009 season. He hit .376 (35-for-93) during the streak with five homers, 13 RBI, seven doubles, 16 runs scored and six walks against six strikeouts. Solarte had 10 multiple-hit outings during the streak, including three consecutive three-hit games in the second, third and fourth games of the run; however, five of his last seven games were one-hit efforts. He also snapped a streak 15-game hitting streak in road games, the first three of which were not part of the 22-game streak. Additionally, Solarte had his 25-game on-base streak snapped; it, too, was the PCL's longest streak this season. He has reached safely in 33 of 36 games played. Solarte got right back on the horse Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a double that produced Round Rock's lone run. He has hit safely in 24 of his last 25 games (.362, 38-for-105). Solarte has gone hitless in consecutive games only twice this season with no three-game skids.
SPILBORGHS STEADY AS A ROCK
Ryan Spilborghs, who joined the Express when he was traded May 4 from Cleveland to the Rangers, has hit safely in each of his first nine games with Round Rock. That is the seventh streak of at least nine games by an Express player this season. He is hitting .368 (14-for-38) during the streak with five multiple-hit games, all two-hit outings. Spilborghs, who has not walked since his first game with the Express (May 5), is 5-for-8 (.625) when leading off an inning but 1-for-7 (.143) with runners on base and two outs. Spilborghs, who also spent parts of five seasons with Colorado Springs, has played 192 career games in the Pacific Coast League; he owns a .342 average (251-for-733) in the league with 21 homers, 104 RBI and 57 doubles.
THE BUTLER DOES IT... CONSISTENTLY
Joey Butler, who earlier this season enjoyed a 15-game hitting streak, has hit safely in six of his last seven games, going 13-for-24 (.542) in that time with a trio of three-hit games, three homers, 11 RBI, three doubles and six runs scored. He has reached safely in 19 of 30 plate appearances on the current road trip for a .633 on-base percentage. Butler has gone hitless in consecutive games only four times during his Triple-A career (151 games), during which time he has never gone hitless in three straight games. He has reached safely in 35 of 38 games played. Butler is hitting .446 (45-for-101) when putting the ball in play; he has hit safely in 13 of 16 such at bats on the road trip, hitting safely in seven consecutive non-strikeout at bats before flying out in the sixth inning May 10 at Salt Lake. Butler has hit into a team-high seven double plays, four of which came in a three-game span April 9-11. He is hitting .360 (36-for-100) after the third inning with all seven of his home runs and 20 of his 24 RBI.
IT'S A LOADED QUESTION
Round Rock is 9-for-33 (.273) with the bases loaded, producing no grand slams and drawing six walks against seven strikeouts. The Express suffered an 0-for-11 slump at one point this season and are hitless in their last five bases-loaded at bats. Only two of the nine hits went for extra bases and they were exactly one month apart: Luis Hernandez had a three-run double May 8 at Salt Lake, and Yangervis Solarte had a three-run double April 8 at Iowa. Meanwhile, opposing batters are 15-for-30 (.500) with the bases loaded, including three grand slams. Opponents are 11-for-17 (.647) with the bases loaded since April 21, including a 5-for-5 series by Oklahoma City (April 26-29).
BULLPEN SHAKY OF LATE
After going 22 consecutive games without a loss, Round Rock's bullpen has taken five on the chin over the last 10 games. In the 22 games between losses, Express relievers posted a 2.81 ERA (26 ER/83.1 IP) and allowed no more than one earned run in 17 of the 22 games. Express relievers are 0-4 with a 7.22 ERA (27 ER/33.2 IP) in 10 games since, also surrendering six unearned runs. The pen allowed Salt Lake to overcome a four-run, ninth-inning deficit May 9 in a 10-9 loss. It was the largest ninth-inning lead blown by the Express bullpen since July 20, 2011, when Round Rock plated eight seventh-inning runs to take an 11-7 lead only to see New Orleans score seven ninth-inning runs for a 14-11 win. Round Rock relievers are 5-8 with a 4.48 ERA (70 ER/140.2 IP) this season. The pen yielded four-plus runs four times in the last six games, including season highs of six runs three times.
SCHEPPERS STRUGGLING, AS WELL
Tanner Scheppers suffered blown saves in two of his last four outings after going 10 consecutive appearances and four straight opportunities without a blown save. He surrendered two runs over two-thirds of an inning May 9 at Salt Lake, ending an eight-appearance, 8.0-inning scoreless streak. It was the third time in 16 outings this season in which he has yielded a run and the first time he allowed multiple-runs since coughing up three runs April 11 at Omaha. Scheppers had retired 16 of his last 18 batters faced before surrendering a game-tying home run to Luis Jimenez in the May 9 game. He allowed four of six batters faced in that game to reach safely, but he retired all three batters faced Sunday in his subsequent outing.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
Round Rock has at least one double in every game since the season opener "" a 38-game run, including a season-high six two-baggers May 11 at Salt Lake. The Express clubbed at least two doubles in 26 of those games, collecting three or more 13 times, four or more nine times and five or more three times. The Express tallied three doubles in the first inning alone May 4 vs. Memphis en route to a five-double night. Round Rock is third in the PCL with 88 doubles, trailing only Sacramento (93) and Albuquerque (90). Joey Butler and Yangervis Solarte are among six players tied for third in the league with 13 each.
"HOME" RUNS SCARCE
In stark contrast to last season, The Dell Diamond has not been a launching pad for the Express. Round Rock averages 0.75 homers per game through 16 home dates this season while averaging 1.43 homers in 23 road games, including a season-high five May 8 at Salt Lake. The Express snapped a streak of nine consecutive road games with at least one homer Sunday; they clubbed 15 homers in that span. Round Rock has homered in all but five road games this season, clubbing at least two homers eight times on the road. Meanwhile, the Express have enjoyed only two multiple-homer games at The Dell Diamond "" two April 14 vs. Iowa and three May 3 vs. New Orleans. Last season, Round Rock averaged 1.46 home runs per game at The Dell Diamond and 0.97 homers per game on the road. Teams have combined to score 8.75 runs per game at The Dell Diamond this season as opposed to the 11.90 average in 2011. The Express average 4.53 runs per game at home this season and 5.57 runs per game on the road.
ONE-RUN GAMES NOW RARE
Round Rock's 10-9 loss May 9 at Salt Lake was the team's first one-run loss since a 3-2 defeat April 16 vs. Iowa, a game that ended a franchise-record streak of seven consecutive one-run games. The Express are 5-7 in one-run games, snapping a three-game winning streak in such games with the May 9 loss at Salt Lake. Seven of the one-run games were against Iowa, which leads the PCL with 19 one-run games.
Mike Bianucci is hitting .291 (16-for-55) over his last 14 games with four homers, six RBI, two doubles and nine runs scored. He hit safely in 11 of those 14 games with no consecutive hitless outings. Bianucci has 12 multiple-hit games, all two-hit efforts. He is second in the PCL with nine homers (most of any Rangers farmhand) and fourth in the PCL"with one homer every 15.00 at bats. ... Julio Borbon has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games (.318, 21-for-66) with seven multiple-hit outings, one home run, seven RBI, two doubles, two triples, seven runs scored and four stolen bases. He has not produced an RBI since May 7 (seven games) but stopped a streak of five consecutive games with at least one strikeout last night. Borbon is hitting .409 (18-for-44) during innings four through six but .176 (19-for-108) outside the middle frames, including a .133 mark (6-for-45) after the sixth inning. ... Dusty Brown had reached safely in 10 consecutive plate appearances prior to fouling out in his first plate appearance Saturday night. He has reached safely in 15 of his last 25 trips to the plate (8-for-18, seven walks) for a .600 on-base percentage in that time; however, he has reached safely only once in his last eight plate appearances (walk). Brown is 15-for-34 (.441) over his last 12 games with five multiple-hit outings, three home runs, eight RBI, five doubles, six runs scored and 10 walks against three strikeouts. He is 2-for-10 with RISP but has four walks and seven RBI; both hits came with two outs, including one home run. ... Joey Butler is tied for third in the PCL with 13 doubles; he also is fourth in on-base percentage (.434), tied for second in extra-base hits (20), third in runs (32), fourth in total bases (79) and fifth in walks (25). However, he also is tied for the league lead in double plays, having hit into seven. Butler is hitting .359 (14-for-39) with runners in scoring position. ... Luis Hernandez has four extra-base hits (two doubles, two homers) over a 23-game stretch since April 15. He also has 17 strikeouts in that time, fanning at least once in each of his last seven games (nine total strikeouts). Hernandez is 5-for-31 (.161) when leading off an inning and owns the exact same tally with runners in scoring position. ... Matt Kata has not gone hitless in consecutive games this season; however, he has not hit safely in more than six straight. He has reached safely in 21 of 23 games started. Kata's start at shortstop Sunday was his first since June 4, 2011. He made three starts at shortstop last season and committed an error in two of the three games with nine miscues in 103 games the rest of the season. Kata committed two errors Sunday, his second multiple-error game this season and only his third since July 19, 2010. He is hitting .348 (8-for-23) when leading off an inning with two homers and four walks (.464 on-base percentage). ... Luis Martinez is hitting .286 (10-for-35) over his last 10 games with four multiple-hit outings, seven doubles, a triple, a home run, six RBI, five runs scored and six walks against 10 strikeouts. His three walks Friday night at Salt Lake were a season high and matched his total from the previous seven games. Martinez is 6-for-11 (.545) in the fourth inning but 10-for-54 (.185) the rest of the game. ... Tommy Mendonca has struck out 14 times in 30 at bats over his last eight games. He snapped a streak of six consecutive games with at least one strikeout Sunday; however, has gone consecutive games without a strikeout only once "" April 16-17. He has 12 multiple-strikeout games and seven outings with at least three strikeouts. Mendonca is hitting .154 (4-for-26) when leading off an inning and .188 (3-for-16) with RISP and fewer than two outs. ... Brad Nelson is riding a seven-game hitting streak (.296, 8-for-27), his third stretch of at least that length. He also has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games, going 27-for-77 (.351) in that time; however, he has only one multiple-hit outing over the last 10 games, including five straight one-hit efforts. Nelson has five RBI since April 27, a 16-game span with no multiple-RBI performances; two of the five RBI were via home run. He is hitting .383 (18-for-47) during the first three innings but .242 (22-for-91) after the third inning. Nelson has a .500 on-base percentage when leading off an inning, hitting .382 (13-for-34) with one home run and eight walks; however, he is hitting .237 (9-for-38) with runners in scoring position. ... Yangervis Solarte is hitting .196 (10-for-51) through the first three innings but .353 (36-for-102) thereafter with five of his six home runs and all but two of his 22 RBI. He is tied for fourth in the PCL with 19 extra-base hits; he also ranks fifth in total bases (77), and fifth in plate appearances per strikeout (13.00).
Sean Green allowed 11 runs (eight earned) over his last five outings after surrendering two runs total in his first eight appearances; he has yielded at least one run in each of those five outings. Opposing batters are 2-for-15 (.133) with RISP and two outs, but 8-for-18 (.444) when leading off an inning and 15-for-32 (.469) with the bases empty. Green has walked six batters in 4.0 innings over his last three appearances after issuing five free passes in 14.0 innings over his first 10 outings. ... Mark Hamburger surrendered four runs May 9 at Salt Lake after yielding only one run over his first 9.2 innings as a reliever this season. It was the most runs he allowed as a reliever since surrendering four July 10, 2011, vs. Memphis. Opponents are hitting .458 (11-for-24) with runners in scoring position against him, producing two home runs and 19 RBI. Hamburger recorded a season-high four strikeouts Saturday at Tacoma, one shy of his Triple-A career high. ... Opposing batters are 0-for-10 with RISP and two outs against Derek Hankins. He has not allowed multiple runs in any of his last eight relief outings since surrendering two in his first appearance of the season. He made a spot start May 12 and went 4.2IP allowing just 2 runs. ... Zach Jackson has a 1.38 ERA (4 ER/26.0 IP) over his last three starts but is only 1-1 in those games. Opponents are 1-for-21 (.048) with runners on base, going hitless in 15 at bats with RISP and two outs. ... Tanner Scheppers has allowed a run in three of 16 outings (six runs total). His walk May 9 at Salt Lake was his first since April 16, a 9.2-inning stretch over 10 outings, with 12 strikeouts in that time. Scheppers is tied for fifth in the PCL with six saves and leads the league with 15 games finished. Scheppers has allowed four of eight inherited runners to score, including six of the last eight. Opposing batters are 5-for-11 (.455) with RISP and two outs. ... Ben Snyder has not allowed a run over his last five outings (6.1 innings) since surrendering four runs in 1.1 innings April 28 at Oklahoma City. Opponents are 3-for-24 (.125) in that time with one double. Snyder has held the opposition scoreless in nine of his last 10 appearances. However, five of eight inherited runners have scored over his last four appearances. Opponents are 9-for-21 (.429) with runners on base and two outs. ... Yoshinori Tateyama has not allowed an earned run in 10 of 11 outings. He has allowed four runs (one earned), all of which scored in the eighth inning. Opponents are 1-for-10 (.100) with runners in scoring position and 2-for-23 (.087) when behind in the count against Tateyama. ... Tyler Tufts allowed a season-high six runs in just two-thirds of an inning May 11 at Salt Lake, matching his total over his first eight appearances. He is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA (1 ER/6.0 IP) in four outings at The Dell Diamond but 1-1 with a 10.13 ERA (12 ER/10.2 IP) in six road appearances. Opponents are 7-for-16 (.438) with runners in scoring position.
Round Rock is 13-2 when holding the opposition to fewer than five runs but 4-20 when allowing at least five runs, dropping six straight in that situation. ... Express relievers have allowed 12 runs (eight earned) after the seventh inning over the last seven games. ... Round Rock is 3-7 in series openers. ... Of Round Rock's 45 home runs, 25 have been solo shots, including 12 to leadoff an inning; 21 came with no outs. ... Round Rock is 1-16 when trailing after seven innings, posting their lone win May 2 with a six-run eighth to rally past New Orleans 10-5. Conversely, Round Rock has four losses in 20 games when leading after seven innings "" more than any other PCL team. ... Round Rock has turned 42 double plays, second in the league behind only Tucson (47). The Express are sixth in the PCL with a .978 fielding percentage.
Round Rock returns to The Dell Diamond for an eight-game home stand, starting with a four-game series against the Fresno Grizzlies (San Francisco Giants). The series begins Thursday at 7:05 p.m. CDT and continues Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 6:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
GAME"41 | THURSDAY, MAY 17 | 7:05 p.m. CDT | THE DELL DIAMOND
Express: LHP Zach Jackson (1-3, 3.64 ERA)
Grizzlies: LHP Brian Burres (1-3, 5.82 ERA)
GAME"42 | FRIDAY, MAY 18 | 7:05 p.m. CDT | THE DELL DIAMOND
Express: LHP Michael Kirkman (2-1, 6.67 ERA)
Grizzlies: LHP Matt Yourkin (1-2, 5.64 ERA)
GAME"43 | SATURDAY, MAY 19 | 6:05 p.m. CDT | THE DELL DIAMOND
Express: RHP Neil Ramirez (4-3, 6.21 ERA)
Grizzlies: RHP Eric Hacker (6-1, 3.70 ERA)
GAME"44 | SUNDAY, MAY 20 | 1:05 p.m. CDT | THE DELL DIAMOND
Express: LHP Martin Perez (3-3, 5.27 ERA)
Grizzlies: RHP Andrew Kown (3-1, 2.61 ERA)
Pacific Coast League Stories from May 15, 2012
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- Noonan, Fresno Come Back to Beat Storm Chasers - Omaha Storm Chasers
- Manny Ramirez to Play at the Dell Diamond - Round Rock Express
- Manny Ramirez to Return to Albuquerque - Albuquerque Isotopes
- RedHawks Blast Off in 7-4 Win - Oklahoma City RedHawks
- Manny Ramirez Set to Join Sacramento River Cats - Sacramento River Cats
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- Nashville Tops Aces 9-7 in Finale - Reno Aces
- Albuquerque's Brian Cavazos-Galvez Joins Isotopes - Albuquerque Isotopes
- Cubs Sign Former All-Star MacDougal - Iowa Cubs
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