Round Rock Express - Game Notes at Nashville SoundsJuly 17, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Round Rock Express
ROUND ROCK EXPRESS (39-56) at NASHVILLE SOUNDS (42-53)
RADIO: 104.9 FM The Horn ESPN"Austin | ONLINE"AUDIO: www.espnaustin.com
EXPRESS: RHP Greg Reynolds (7-6, 5.01 ERA) | SOUNDS: RHP Brian Baker (2-3, 5.33 ERA)
Round Rock continues a four-game road series against the Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee Brewers). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT at quaint Herschel Greer Stadium. Round Rock has lost five straight, including a 3-1 defeat in last night's series opener. The Express, who have dropped 10 of their last 11, are 18-31 on the road and have lost five of six away from The Dell Diamond. Nashville is 11-4 since June 29; the Sounds are 23-21 at home. Round Rock is fourth in the PCL's American Southern Division, 16 games back of Albuquerque and 10-and-a-half games behind third-place New Orleans. Nashville is second in the American Northern Division but trails division-leading Omaha by 15-and-a-half games, the PCL's largest division lead.
RADIO GA GA
Tonight's game airs on The Horn 104.9 FM ESPN"Austin. Online audio also is available at www.espnaustin.com. Express Director of Broadcasting Mike Capps handles play-by-play duties.
US AND THEM
This is the third of four series between the two teams. The teams split a four-game series May 25-28 at Nashville, and the Sounds won two of three June 27-29 at The Dell Diamond. The Sounds revisit The Dell Diamond for a five-game series Aug. 22-26, Round Rock's final home series. ... SERIES NOTES: Nashville leads the all-time series 61-59, including a 35-26 edge at Herschel Greer Stadium. Round Rock claimed the season series in 2005 (9-7), 2006 (11-5) and 2011 (11-5). Nashville won the season series in 2007 (12-4), 2008 (9-7) and 2009 (10-6). The teams split the 2010 with the home team winning six times at each location. There have been three sweeps in the series, all by the home team - Nashville in 2007 and Round Rock twice last season. ... 2012 SERIES: Nashville leads the season series 5-3. Round Rock posted a 19-3 victory May 27 at Nashville, establishing franchise records for runs and hits (24). The Express also won the lone extra-inning meeting this season 8-5 in 10 innings the following day. Nashville limited the Express to five runs in the last four meetings, posting two shutouts (both at The Dell Diamond). Round Rock is hitting .280 (78-for-279) with 10 homers, 13 doubles, 26 walks and 5.1 runs per game. Julio Borbon is 9-for-27 (.333) with two doubles and four stolen bases in seven games. Matt Kata is 10-for-26 (.385) with one homer, two RBI and two runs score in six games. Brad Nelson, who played for Nashville earlier in his career, is 8-for-33 (.242) with three homers, nine RBI and seven runs scored in eight games. Ryan Spilborghs is 15-for-29 (.517) in eight games with two homers, seven RBI, four doubles, eight runs scored, four walks and two stolen bases. Express pitchers boast a 3.60 ERA (28 ER/70.0 IP) with 48 strikeouts against 21 walks. Nashville is hitting .260 with nine homers, eight doubles and 4.1 runs per game. Sounds pitchers have 52 strikeouts against 26 walks with a 4.63 ERA (37 ER/72.0 IP).
GAME"95 | MONDAY, JULY 16
at Sounds 3, Express 1
WP: Rogers (5-6). LP: Snyder (2-4). SV: Henderson (12).
GAME"96 | TUESDAY, JULY 17 | 7:05 p.m. CDT
Express: RHP Greg Reynolds (7-6, 5.01 ERA)
Sounds: RHP Brian Baker (2-3, 5.33 ERA)
GAME"97 | WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 | 7:05 p.m. CDT
Express: LHP Chad Bell (2-2, 3.47 ERA)
Sounds: RHP Seth McClung (2-11, 5.60 ERA)
GAME"98 | THURSDAY, JULY 19 | 7:05 p.m. CDT
Express: RHP Justin Grimm (0-0, 2.25 ERA)
Sounds: RHP Claudio Vargas (3-1, 4.89 ERA)
START ME UP
RHP GREG REYNOLDS (7-6, 5.01 ERA, 45 K)
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 season's first start April 8 at Iowa, a 6-5 Express loss; left game in line for win (5-2) ... earned wins April 23 at New Orleans, May 4 vs. Memphis, May 15 at Tacoma, June 1 at Memphis, June 13 at Albuquerque, June 19 vs. Iowa and June 24 at Iowa ... suffered losses April 13 vs. Iowa, April 18 vs. Omaha, April 29 at Oklahoma City, May 26 at Nashville, June 8 at Omaha and June 30 vs. New Orleans ... no decisions April 8 at Iowa, May 9 at Salt Lake, May 21 vs. Sacramento and July 5 at Albuquerque ... won three of last four decisions, four of last six ... averages 5.59 runs of support and 6.0 innings per start, both staff-bests ... 1-5 with two no-decisions (one win, one loss) in starts following Express loss ... Express are 8-9 in his starts ... staff-best 18 double plays induced ... at least one double play induced in 12 of 17 starts, including six of last seven starts (two in each of last three starts) ... nine of 15 homers surrendered were solos, including six to leadoff an inning ... worked at least into the sixth inning in all but three starts (June 8 at Omaha; June 30 vs. New Orleans; July 5 at Albuquerque), completing at least six innings 11 times and at least seven innings four times ... allows a .429 average (42-for-98) when leading off an inning with six home runs and five walks against six strikeouts (.472 on-base percentage) ... holds opponents to a .241 average (28-for-116) with runners in scoring position, including a .167 mark (7-for-42) with runners in scoring position and two outs ... surrendered seven first-inning runs over last two starts after surrendering five first-inning runs in season's first 15 starts ... three or fewer earned runs in 11 of 17 starts, including four of last seven and eight of last 12 ... 2-3, 5.00 ERA (20 ER/36.0 IP) in six starts at The Dell Diamond with 14 strikeouts, 10 walks.
LAST START: No-decision in July 5 start at Albuquerque, a 10-9 Express loss ... allowed five runs on nine hits (one homer) over 5.0 innings with three walks and three strikeouts ... utilized two double plays ... surrendered two runs in each of first two innings, including Trent Oeltjen's second-inning, two-run homer ... other run scored in fifth inning ... left game leading 7-5 after Round Rock's five-run sixth inning ... 81 pitches, 48 strikes.
2012 vs. NASHVILLE: Lost May 26 start at Herschel Greer Stadium (7-3) ... allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks over 5.1 innings with four strikeouts ... surrendered three first-inning runs on back-to-back homers from Brooks Conrad (two-run) and J Brown (solo) ... also hit one batter ... left game trailing 5-1 ... one of three bequeathed runners scored.
CAREER vs. NASHVILLE: No career meetings prior to 2012.
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.
NEVER-ENDING MATH EQUATION
The Express have scored four runs in four games since the All-Star break. Round Rock scored seven-plus runs twice in its last 28 games - July 5 at Albuquerque (9-2), snapping a streak of 21-game stretch, and July 8 at Albuquerque (10-12). Furthermore, the Express eclipsed six runs only once in their last 24 home games - a 7-3 victory June 3 vs. Albuquerque. Round Rock has not scored more than four runs at The Dell Diamond since June 21, a 6-2 victory over Iowa. That is a stretch of 11 consecutive home games scoring four or fewer runs. The Express were 2-9 in that span, averaged 1.9 runs per game and were shutout four times. Brad Nelson's sixth-inning homer July 14 vs. Memphis snapped a stretch of 26.2 consecutive scoreless innings for Round Rock at home. The Express scored in four of their last 45 innings at The Dell Diamond. The July 14 game vs. Memphis also marked the first time Round Rock scored in multiple innings at home since a 4-0 win July 1 vs. New Orleans. The Express have not scored multiple runs in multiple innings at The Dell Diamond since a 6-2 win June 21 vs. Iowa (11 games).
FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH
Round Rock has lost five straight, 10 of 11 and 12 of 14. ... The Express have lost five straight home games and five of six road games since winning three of four at Iowa in late June. ... Round Rock has not won consecutive home games since June 16-17; the Express have not won consecutive home games against the same team since June 2-3 (Albuquerque). ... The Express are 7-17 in series openers (5-7 at home). ... Of Round Rock's 90 home runs, 60 were on the road (1.22 per game). Meanwhile, Express batters average 0.65 homers per game at home (30 homers, 46 games). ... Round Rock leads the PCL with 119 double plays turned, 12 more than any other team (Las Vegas). Express pitchers induced at least one double play in 20 of the last 23 games (34 double plays). ... Round Rock is 7-12 in one-run games. Seven of the 19 games were against Iowa. ... The Express are 1-46 when trailing after seven innings, dropping 34 straight in that situation. Round Rock's lone win was May 2 thanks to a six-run eighth to rally past New Orleans 10-5. Conversely, the Express are 37-6 when leading after seven innings and 39-1 when out-scoring the opponent. ... Round Rock is 2-9 since Clint Musslewhite's departure.
JULIO BORBON: Hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games (.333, 17-for-51) with six multiple-hit games and seven runs scored ... stretch comes on the heels of a 2-for-41 slump ... hitting .342 (68-for-199) since May 12 ... one RBI (July 7 at Albuquerque) since two-run homer June 16 vs. Oklahoma City ... two extra-base hits since that homer (double, June 28 vs. Nashville; double July 12 vs. Memphis).
DUSTY BROWN: Hitless in last nine at bats ... 1-for-21 over last six-plus games ... lone hit in that span was grand slam July 5 at Albuquerque ... each of last two hits were homers (June 28 vs. Nashville) ... one multiple-hit effort (June 23 at Iowa) since May 9 ... snapped nine-game streak with at least one strikeout last night (11 strikeouts, one walk) ... 3-for-31 (.097) with runners in scoring position; both hits came with two outs ... hitless in each of last seven leadoff at bats ... 1-for-4 with one grand slam, three walks and two sacrifice flies in nine bases-loaded plate appearances (nine RBI).
JOEY BUTLER: Riding an eight-game hitting streak (.300, 9-for-30) ... one multiple-hit effort (two hits, July 8 at Albuquerque) since three-hit night June 21 vs. Iowa ... three multiple-hit games since June 10 ... five RBI in last eight games after producing only seven RBI and no multiple-RBI outings over 32 games from May 30 through July 4 ... at least one strikeout in 16 of last 20 games (24 strikeouts) ... leads PCL with 58 walks, four more than any other player ... two homers in last 36 games, 130 at bats ... one homer at The Dell Diamond (July 1 vs. New Orleans) since May 17 (30 games) ... eight of 13 home runs were solo shots ... hitting .214 (28-for-131) when batting fifth or higher in the order, .320 (62-for-194) when batting sixth or lower.
LUIS HERNANDEZ: Hitless in last 12 at bats ... no multiple-hit efforts since four-hit game June 29 vs. Nashville (11 games) ... one homer over last 31 games, 115 at bats (July 2 vs. New Orleans) ... seven RBI in first 11 July games after producing eight RBI in 26 June games ... eight walks over last 16 games after not walking in previous 28 games ... four of five home runs were solo shots ... 3-for-25 (.120) with runners in scoring position and two outs ... 12-for-63 (.190) when leading off an inning with one homer, five walks, six strikeouts ... leads all PCL shortstops with a .980 fielding percentage (eight errors, 399 total chances) ... four of eight errors were in last 15 games.
MATT KATA: Snapped 0-for-11 skid with fourth-inning single last night ... 3-for-20 (.150) over last five games ... hitting .433 (26-for-60) with runners in scoring position (36 RBI), going 11-for-23 (.478) with runners in scoring position and two outs (20 RBI) ... 45-for-207 (.217) without runners in scoring position ... 5-for-9 with the bases loaded (one homer, 12 RBI) ... one multiple-hit effort (two hits, July 7 at Albuquerque) since June 23 ... three walks in last 44 games, 180 plate appearances ... one homer (July 8 at Albuquerque) since May 31 grand slam at Memphis (34 games).
TOMMY MENDONCA: Activated from disabled list prior to July 14 game ... saw first action since June 16 vs. Oklahoma City ... walked in first plate appearance, first since May 2 vs. New Orleans (29 games, 112 plate appearances) ... at least one strikeout in 17 of his last 20 games (25 strikeouts) ... has not gone more than two straight games without a strikeout ... each of last four extra-base hits were homers (double May 20 vs. Fresno) ... hitless in last 12 at bats.
GREG MICLAT: Hit safely in six of last eight games (.435, 10-for-19) with four multiple-hit efforts ... nine of 19 hits were for extra bases (eight doubles, one homer) ... 6-for-20 (.300) with runners in scoring position ... 2-for-12 (.167) when leading off an inning with one homer, no walks and five strikeouts.
BRAD NELSON: Hitless in last 12 at bats on the road ... Hit safely in seven of last nine games (.344, 11-for-32) with three multiple-hit games ... multiple-homer outing July 14 vs. Memphis was first since July 18, 2011, vs. New Orleans (also both solo shots) ... first homers since June 24 at Iowa (16 games, 59 at bats) ... hitting .340 (49-for-144) on the road since going 0-for-4 April 21 at New Orleans ... hits roughly 100 points better on the road (.322, 56-for-174) than at home (.231, 38-for-163) ... 6-for-7 at The Dell Diamond since snapping 0-for-24 slump at home July 12 ... nine of 13 homers, 36 of 51 RBI were in road games ... at least one strikeout in 10 of last 15 games (15 strikeouts) ... at least one walk in six of last nine games (seven walks) ... eight of 13 homers were solos, including four leadoff shots ... 4-for-7 with bases loaded (homer, 10 RBI).
GUILDER RODRIGUEZ: Hitless in first 12 at bats with Express after being promoted from Double-A Frisco ... 6-for-14 since, including three-hit game July 3 vs. New Orleans ... scored in three of last five games ... four of six hits were with bases empty ... 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position ... 0-for-2 with bases loaded.
ELIO SARMIENTO: Ninth-inning leadoff homer July 8 at Albuquerque snapped an 0-for-23 slump ... first hit since double May 11 at Salt Lake ... first homer since Aug. 11, 2011, with Double-A Frisco ... at least one strikeout in 11 of 13 games played, including each of last 10 games (15 strikeouts).
YANGERVIS SOLARTE: No consecutive hitless games since June 9-10 ... hitting .321 (27-for-84) over last 24 games with eight multiple-hit games (two three-hit outings) and seven RBI ... five of six home runs, 30 of 37 RBI came after the third inning ... no homers since May 14, a span of 51 games and 196 at bats ... five of six home runs were solo shots ... 7-for-49 (.143) with runners in scoring position and fewer than two outs ... second in PCL with 13.82 plate appearances per strikeout ... three strikeouts over last 18 games, 72 plate appearances ... hitting .369 (24-for-65) in bottom third of order, .264 (75-for-284) when batting sixth or higher.
RYAN SPILBORGHS: Snapped an 0-for-12 skid with seventh-inning double last night ... hit safely in nine of last 13 games (.308, 16-for-52) ... 11-for-68 (.162) over previous 17 games ... no homers since May 26, a span of 40 games and 154 at bats ... four RBI in last 25 games ... at least one strikeout in 14 of last 16 games (18 strikeouts) ... 5-for-36 (.139) with runners in scoring position and two outs ... hitless in each of his last 19 at bats with runners in scoring position and two outs ... 242 career PCL games, hitting .333 (307-for-921) with 24 homers, 123 RBI and 71 doubles.
BROTHERS IN ARMS
NEAL COTTS: Stranded five of seven inherited runners ... allowed eight runs over last two appearances after allowing only two runs in first nine Express outings ... opponents are 2-for-12 (.167) with runners on base and two outs ... opponents are 0-for-4 with bases loaded.
WILLIE EYRE: No walks since issuing three walks June 20 in first outing with Express ... 13.0 innings, 49 batters faced since last walk ... at least one run allowed in four of nine outings ... both inherited runners scored ... opponents are 2-for-14 (.143) when leading off an inning (no walks, three strikeouts) ... opponents are 4-for-7 (.571) with runners in scoring position and two outs.
AARON HEILMAN: Converted seven of last eight save chances ... stranded 10 of 14 inherited runners ... opponents hitting .366 (15-for-41) with runners in scoring position ... opponents are hitless in three bases-loaded at bats (two strikeouts).
BEN SNYDER: 1-0, 3.00 ERA (6 ER/18.0 IP) in 14 outings at The Dell Diamond ... 1-3 with a 4.22 ERA (15 ER/32.0 IP) in 15 road games ... holds opponents to a .200 average (9-for-45) when leading off an inning with nine strikeouts against three walks ... opponents are 3-for-5 with bases loaded.
YOSHINORI TATEYAMA: Has not allowed an earned run in 16 of 17 outings with Express ... has not allowed an earned run with the Express since April 21 at New Orleans, a span of 17.1 innings over 13 appearances ... currently has a 10.1-inning scoreless streak over eight appearances ... allowed four runs (one earned), all of which scored in the eighth inning ... opponents are 1-for-14 (.071) with runners in scoring position and 6-for-44 (.136) when behind in the count ... eight strikeouts in 4.1 innings over last four outings.
JOHAN YAN: Allowed at least one run in nine of 14 outings ... four hits allowed over last six outings (6.0 innings, 24 at bats) ... entered game with bases loaded three times and stranded six of the nine runners ... stranded seven of 13 inherited runners on the season ... opponents are 5-for-22 (.227) with runners in scoring position.
Round Rock returns home for an eight-game home stand, starting with a four-game series against the Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals). The series runs Friday through Monday with a 7:05 p.m. CDT first pitch each night. This is the last of four series between the two teams; Omaha leads the season series 10-2, winning all eight meetings in Papillion, Neb. The teams split four games at The Dell Diamond in mid-April. The Storm Chasers have won 13 of the last 16 meetings, dating back to last season's PCL American Conference Championship Series.
GAME"99 | FRIDAY, JULY 20 | 7:05 p.m. CDT
Express: RHP Neftali Feliz (0-0, 0.00 ERA ... rehab) / LHP Zack Jackson (3-11, 4.99 ERA)
Storm Chasers: RHP Nate Adcock (4-3, 5.40 ERA)
GAME"100 | SATURDAY, JULY 21 | 7:05 p.m. CDT
Express: LHP Ben Snyder (2-4, 3.93 ERA)
Storm Chasers: LHP Chris Dwyer (0-0, 0.00 ERA ... first Triple-A start)
GAME"101 | SUNDAY, JULY 22 | 7:05 p.m. CDT
Express: RHP Greg Reynolds (7-6, 5.01 ERA; starts tonight)
Storm Chasers: LHP Doug Davis (5-1, 3.48 ERA; starts tonight)
GAME"102 | MONDAY, JULY 23 | 7:05 p.m. CDT
Express: LHP Chad Bell (2-2, 3.47 ERA; starts tomorrow)
Storm Chasers: LHP Will Smith (4-4, 3.61 ERA; starts tomorrow)
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