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Round Rock Express - Game Notes at Omaha Royals

September 1, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Round Rock Express News Release

GAME 139 - 7:05 p.m. CDT - SEPT. 1, 2010 - OMAHA, NEB. - ROSENBLATT STADIUM

ROUND ROCK EXPRESS (55-83) at OMAHA ROYALS (76-62)

RADIO: "The Horn" 104.9 FM ESPN Austin (online streaming audio at www.ESPNAustin.com)

EXPRESS: RHP Josh Banks (9-10, 3.91 ERA) - ROYALS: RHP Brian Bannister (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

SERIES INFORMATION

MONDAY, AUG. 30 - GAME 137

Royals 23, Express 5

WP: Hardy (3-4). LP: Van Hekken (7-8). SV: None.

TUESDAY, AUG. 31 - GAME 138

Royals 7, Express 0 (5 innings)

WP: Lerew (8-4). LP: Lyles (0-2). SV: None.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1 - 7:05 p.m. CDT - GAME 139

Express: RHP Josh Banks (9-10, 3.91 ERA)

Royals: RHP Brian Bannister (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 2 - 7:05 p.m. CDT - GAME 140

Express: RHP Sergio Perez (3-3, 5.01 ERA)

Royals: RHP Luke Hochevar (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

TONIGHT'S GAMES

Round Rock continues its final road trip Wednesday with the third game of a four-game series against the Omaha Royals (Kansas City Royals). This is the Express' final road series of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT at Rosenblatt Stadium. The Express (55-83) are 1-9 in their last 10 games and have lost seven straight. The Royals (76-62) are 5-5 in their last 10 games after winning each of the series' first two games. Round Rock is 20-50 on the road, winning only two of 17 road series. Omaha is 38-32 at home. The Express enter Wednesday's game fourth in the PCL American Southern Division, 17.5 games behind division-leader Oklahoma City. The Royals are third in the PCL American Northern Division, three games behind division-leader Iowa, two games behind second-place Memphis and three games ahead of fourth-place Nashville.

EXPRESS ON THE AIR

Tonight's game will be broadcast live on "The Horn" 104.9 FM ESPN Austin. Pregame starts at 15 minutes prior to first pitch with veteran Express play-by-play man Mike Capps on the call. Live streaming audio of the broadcast also is available online at www.ESPNAustin.com.

EXPRESS-ROYALS SERIES

Omaha leads the season series 10-4, winning five of six meetings at Rosenblatt Stadium. The teams split a four-game set at The Dell Diamond in April, and the Royals won three of four at Round Rock in June. The Express lost the first three games of a series at Omaha in late May, salvaging the series finale 4-2. The third game of the teams' first series at Rosenblatt Stadium - a 10-2 Omaha victory - saw every run scored via home run (six by the Royals; two by the Express). Round Rock and Omaha have played four extra-inning games with the Royals winning each of the last three; the teams have played a total of 10 extra innings. The Express have scored more than five runs only once in this year's 14 meetings - an 8-3 victory June 20 at The Dell Diamond.

Overall: Royals lead 10-4

Round Rock: Royals lead 5-3

Omaha: Royals lead 5-1

Streak: Royals 3

One-Run Games: Express lead 1-0

Extra-Inning Games: Royals lead 3-1

EXPRESS STARTING PITCHER

RHP JOSH BANKS

First season with the Astros organization ... Eighth year in professional baseball ... Signed to Minor League contract Jan. 4, 2010 ... Blue Jays second-round pick in 2003 out of Florida International ... Major League debut Sept. 11, 2007 ... Blue Jays organization 2003-2008 ... Was traded to San Diego Padres in late June 2008 ... 2010 PCL All-Star ... Allowed three or fewer earned runs in 18 of 24 starts ... 2-6 in last 11 starts ... Tossed first complete-game shutout of career at Portland (8/17) ... Ranks sixth in PCL in ERA (3.91), tied for second in shutouts (1), tied for eighth in complete games (1), fourth in fewest base-runners per 9.0 innings (11.43) ... Has lost each of last two starts, including at Memphis in last start (8/27); allowed season-high seven runs on eight hits, including one home run, and two walks with five strikeouts over 5.1 innings.


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