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Round Rock Express - Game Notes at Omaha Storm Chasers

July 25, 2011 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Round Rock Express News Release

ROUND ROCK EXPRESS (59-43) at OMAHA STORM CHASERS (55-46)

GAME 103 | 25 JULY 2011 | 12:05 P.M. CDT | WERNER PARK | PAPILLION, NEB.

TODAY'S GAME

Round Rock concludes a four-game road series against the Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals). First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CDT at Werner Park in Papillion, Neb. The Express are 5-5 in their last 10 games, snapping a four-game skid with yesterday's 3-1 win. The Storm Chasers are 6-4 in their last 10 games and lead the series two games to one. Round Rock is 28-22 on the road, while Omaha is 30-21 at home.

RADIO BROADCAST INFORMATION

Today's game airs on 1530 AM in the Austin area. There is no online audio for today's game. Express Director of Broadcasting Mike Capps handles play-by-play duties.

EXPRESS-STORM CHASERS SERIES

This is the third of four series between the Express and Storm Chasers; Round Rock leads the season series 8-3. This is Round Rock's first series at Omaha. The Express swept a four-game series at The Dell Diamond in the season's second series April 11-14 and won three of four June 17-20. All eight meetings were decided by four runs or fewer, including three two-run games and a one-run game. The Express won 3-2 in 13 innings April 12 thanks to Matt Kata's game-winning RBI single. Two nights later, Kevin Cash delivered a bases-loaded triple with one out in the bottom of the eighth to erase a one-run deficit and give the Express a 7-5 victory. In between those two games, Neil Ramirez and Ryan Tucker combined for a four-hit shutout in a 2-0 Express win. Omaha won the series opener in its next visit to The Dell Diamond as Luis Mendoza flipped a complete-game, three-hit shutout, but the Express won the next three. Round Rock returns to Omaha in the season's penultimate series Aug. 29-Sept. 1. ... SERIES NOTES: Eight of the 11 meetings have been decided by three runs or fewer, including four two-run games and a pair of extra-inning, one-run games. ... Round Rock has out-homered Omaha 18-9 in 10 games. Yesterday's game was the first in which neither team homered. ... The Express pitching staff owns a 3.76 ERA (43 ER / 103.0 IP) against Omaha with four saves.

GAME 100 | FRIDAY, JULY 22

Storm Chasers 10, Express 4

WP: Suppan (9-5). LP: Jackson (7-4). SV: None.

GAME 101 | SATURDAY, JULY 23

Storm Chasers 6, Express 5 (11 innings)

WP: Santiago (3-3). LP: Strop (4-4). SV: None.

GAME 102 | SUNDAY, JULY 24

Express 3, Storm Chasers 1

WP: Hurley (5-0). LP: O'Sullivan (2-2). SV: O'Day (1).

GAME 103 | MONDAY, JULY 25 | 12:05 p.m. CDT

Express: RHP Ryan Tucker (1-2, 5.15 ERA)

Storm Chasers: RHP Vin Mazzaro (5-0, 4.70 ERA)

EXPRESS STARTER

RHP Ryan Tuckery (1-2, 5.15 ERA)

Last Outing: No-decision in July 20 start vs. Memphis, a 14-11 Redbirds win ... Allowed five runs - four earned - on 10 hits and a walk over 4.0 innings with three strikeouts ... Surrendered one home run - Chris Aguila's two-run shot in the third inning ... Left game trailing 5-0 ... Express rallied to take 11-7 lead but lost after Memphis scored seven runs in the ninth ... Used 68 pitches, 51 strikes.

2011: Makes 24th appearance, third start with Express ... Logged 36.2 innings with 17 walks, 35 strikeouts and a .273 opponents' average ... Earned win April 25 vs. Oklahoma City (relief) ... Lost in season's first outing April 8 vs. Iowa (relief) ... Recorded saves April 13 vs. Omaha and May 27 vs. Iowa ... Lost season's first start July 15 at Memphis, allowing two runs on three this and two walks over 2.1 innings with three strikeouts in seven-inning, 4-1 Redbirds win ... 3.98 ERA (9 ER / 20.1 IP) over last 11 appearances with 17 strikeouts against five walks in that time ... Hits allowed in last outing matched hits allowed total in previous seven outings ... Three of four home runs allowed were solo shots ... Opponents hitting .318 (7-for-22) with runners in scoring position and two outs ... Allowed two hits in five at bats with bases loaded, inducing one double play ... Also made five relief appearances with Rangers in late April, early May ... Did not record a decision with a 7.20 ERA ... Struck out all three batters faced April 29 in first Rangers outing ... Assigned to Round Rock prior to May 19 game.

2011 vs. Omaha: Earned save April 13 at The Dell Diamond in lone appearance against Omaha this season ... Worked 3.0 scoreless innings in 2-0 Express win ... Surrendered one hit (single) with no walks and one strikeout, facing one over the minimum.

2010: Pitched in the Florida Marlins organization ... Split season between New Orleans, the Gulf Coast League and the Jupiter Hammerheads, combining for a 2-8 record in 32 appearances.

Notable: Florida Marlins 2005 first-round draft pick (34th overall) out of Temple City [Calif.] High School ... Career-best seven wins in 2006 with Greensboro, logging 131.1 innings ... MLB debut June 8, 2008, with Marlins against Cincinnati ... Made 13 MLB appearances prior to this season ... Considered Marlins' sixth-best prospect entering 2010 season, according to Baseball America ... Claimed by Rangers off waivers Oct. 6, 2010.

YESTERDAY'S GAMES

Matt Kata's sixth-inning, tie-breaking sacrifice fly propelled the Express to a 3-1 victory over the Storm Chasers. Esteban German and Chad Tracy knocked consecutive one-out singles in the sixth, and Brad Nelson followed with an RBI double that erased Omaha's 1-0 lead. That set the stage for Kata's game-winning sacrifice fly. Kevin Cash added an insurance run with a two-out RBI single in the eighth. Eric Hurley earned his fifth straight win, holding the Storm Chasers to one run on five hits over 7.0 innings with a walk and four strikeouts. Darren O'Day recorded his first save with the Express, working a scoreless ninth.

EXPRESS HALT FOUR-GAME SKID

Yesterday's 3-1 victory at Omaha stopped Round Rock's four-game losing streak - the season's first skid of more than two games. Round Rock was the last PCL team to suffer three straight losses and are 13-2 following consecutive losses. Reno now is league's only team not to have suffered a four-game slump, losing three straight only once. Eleven of the other 14 teams have lost at least five straight at some point this season. Albuquerque and Las Vegas both suffered 10-game skids, the league's longest skids this season. Nashville and Sacramento both lost nine straight.

DIVISION STANDINGS UPDATE

Round Rock (59-43, .578) pushed its American Southern Division lead back to five games yesterday. While the Express won 3-1 at Omaha, Albuquerque (54-48, .529) snapped a four-game winning streak with a 17-9 loss at home to New Orleans. The Isotopes game was shortened to seven innings due to inclement weather. Round Rock is 22-12 since June 18; Albuquerque is 15-19 in that time. The Express have at least shared the division lead following 80 of 102 games this season and have led the division outright since June 25. Round Rock's largest division lead was eight games at the start of play July 20. New Orleans (49-53, .480) trails Round Rock by 10 games, while Oklahoma City (45-57, .441) is 14 games back.

ROUND ROCK AMONG TOP PCL TEAMS

At 59-43 (.578), Round Rock owns the PCL's third-best record behind Reno (61-40, .604) and Sacramento (60-42, .588). Reno has lost three of four games in a five-game series at Sacramento, falling 11-10 in 11 innings last night. The Express are three-and-a-half games ahead of Omaha (55-46, .545) in the overall American Conference standings.

ROUND ROCK vs. AMERICAN NORTHERN DIVISION

The Express are 33-18 against the American North Division so far this season. They hold an 8-3 advantage against Omaha, 7-5 record against Memphis, 9-3 against Nashville and 9-7 against Iowa. The Express have seven games remaining at Werner Park, return for a four-game series Aug. 29-Sept. 1. Round Rock returns home following this four-game series at Omaha to host Memphis in a four-game set. The Express then travel to Nashville to play their final four games against the Sounds.

OMAHA vs. AMERICAN SOUTHERN DIVISION

The Storm Chasers are 23-23 against the American Southern Division so far this season. They are 7-5 against Albuquerque, 7-4 against New Orleans, 6-6 against Oklahoma City and 3-8 against Round Rock.

TRACY TRACKING RECORDS

Chad Tracy is fourth in the PCL with 80 RBI, a tally that ranks seventh on Round Rock's single-season list (Triple-A era). Mike Coolbaugh (2005) was the only Express player to reach triple digits in RBI; he had 101 in 2005 - Round Rock's first as a PCL member. Tracy is ninth among all minor leaguers in RBI, and he is tied for 24th among all minor leaguers with 20 home runs.

HURLEY COMEBACK STORY REMARKABLE

Eric Hurley lost his first start of the season April 8 vs. Iowa and missed his next scheduled start due to a viral infection. He sustained a skull fracture on the fourth pitch of his second start April 18 at New Orleans and spent the next two months on the disabled list. Hurley is 5-0 in seven starts since his return to the mound June 20 against Omaha. Furthermore, the Express have won each of his last eight starts, including the game in which he sustained the skull fracture. Hurley has pitched at least into the sixth inning in five consecutive starts, going seven innings in each of the last two.

NO REST FOR THE WEARY

The Express continue a 29-game, 28-day stretch tonight. With only one off-day between the All-Star break and the end of the regular season, Round Rock will play 54 games in 54 days. The Express are 7-5 in that time, winning six of the first seven but losing four of the last five.

RARE LATE-INNING LOSSES

The Express snapped winning streaks of 21 games when leading after seven innings or eight innings with Wednesday night's 14-11 loss in which New Orleans scored seven ninth-inning runs. It marked the first time the Express lost when leading entering the ninth inning since May 28 when Iowa scored three ninth-inning runs for a 6-4 win. Saturday night's loss was Round Rock's seventh this season when leading after seven innings (43-7). Round Rock is 45-4 this season when leading after eight innings; the previous three losses all came in a 12-game span in the second half of May. Nonetheless, the Express still have not lost a game when leading after nine innings.

LATE-INNING HEROICS

The Express have won eight games when trailing after seven innings. They also have won eight times when tied entering the ninth inning. Round Rock has won 16 games in its final at bat, including eight walk-off victories. Each of Round Rock's last three victories in its last at bat was by virtue of walk-off home runs. Doug Deeds accomplished the feat in the 12th inning July 2 against Nashville, and Mike Napoli provided a three-run, game-winning homer in the ninth inning the following night. Brad Nelson followed suit July 18 against New Orleans.

HOME SWEET HOME

After struggling at The Dell Diamond early in the season, the Express have been strong at home over the past month. Round Rock is 31-21 at home, winning 14 of 19 home games since June 18.

EXPRESS STRONG ON THE ROAD, AS WELL

Round Rock (28-22, .560) owns the best road record in the American Conference and the league's second-best road record behind only Sacramento (32-15, .681). The Express and Omaha (25-25, .500) are the only American Conference teams at or above .500 on the road; in fact, each of the other six American Conference teams is at least five games under .500 on the road. Round Rock is 4-4 in road series with three splits.

BIG-FLY GUYS

The Express enter today's game with 136 home runs on the season - second in the league behind only Reno (140). Round Rock was the first PCL team to 100 home runs this season and has nine more homers than any other American Conference team (Albuquerque). The Express clubbed 53 homers over the last 34 games after being shutout in consecutive games.

EXPRESS ON RECORD HOMER PACE

Round Rock already has eclipsed the franchise's season home-run totals from 2009 (97) and 2010 (108). The Express hit 170 home runs in 2006, an average of 1.18 per game and still the club's Triple-A era (since 2005) record. The 2011 Express average 1.33 home runs per game and are on pace to hit 192 on the season. Since the Express joined the PCL in 2005, only one team has eclipsed 190 homers in a season - Albuquerque hit 197 in 2008. Tacoma led the PCL with 185 home runs last season despite finishing 15th out of 16 teams in the league in team batting average (.264).

OFFENSE STRUGGLES WITHOUT HOMERS

The Express have homered in 67 of 102 games this season, going 44-23 in those games. However, Round Rock is just 15-20 when failing to hit at least one home run. The Express average 3.71 runs per game (130 total) when failing to homer. Round Rock has not scored more than six runs in a game without a home run since an 8-4 win June 3 at Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, Round Rock averages 6.16 runs per game (413 total) when hitting at least one home run. The Express have homered in 30 of their last 44 games and scored a total of 39 runs in the other 14 games, getting shutout three times and scoring one run three times.

MORE HOME-RUN NUMBERS

Only twice this season has Round Rock gone more than two straight games without a home run - a four-game stretch in mid-April, and a three-game stretch earlier this month. ... The Express have won 17 of their last 22 games when hitting at least one home run. ... Round Rock has homered at least twice 40 times, going 30-10 in those games. The Express have won 12 of their last 14 games when hitting multiple homers. ... Round Rock has homered multiple times in 13 road games, going 10-3 in those games. ... The Express are 17-2 when hitting at least three home runs and 7-0 when hitting at least four home runs. ... Round Rock has four four-homer games (June 18 vs. Omaha, June 19 vs. Omaha, July 2 vs. Nashville and July 28 vs. New Orleans), two five-homer games (May 15 at Las Vegas, June 28 vs. Oklahoma City) and one six-homer game (April 9 vs. Iowa). ... The six-homer game was the second-best game total in franchise history, a single-game Dell Diamond record and one homer shy of the club record set at Albuquerque in 2006.

BIG-INNING THEORY

Round Rock is 20-6 this season when scoring at least four runs in an inning and 39-37 when failing to do such. However, the difference in record is even more pronounced based upon what the opponent does. The Express are 54-24 when not allowing an inning of at least four runs but 5-19 when the opponent posts such an inning. Round Rock posted an inning of at least four runs in three of the five victories when allowing an inning of at least four runs. Likewise, the opponent had an inning of at least four runs in four of Round Rock's six losses with an inning of at least four runs.

COMEBACK KIDS

The Express have 32 comeback wins this season (trailing at any point in the game). Round Rock has won 12 times when trailing after five innings, eight times when trailing after six innings, eight times when trailing after seven innings and four times when trailing entering the ninth inning.

FIVE IS THE KEY

Round Rock is 48-14 this season when scoring at least five runs, going 11-29 when scoring fewer than five runs. Meanwhile, Round Rock is 36-13 when allowing fewer than five runs and 23-30 when allowing five or more. The Express have lost four straight and seven of nine when allowing at least five runs.

ROUND ROCK ECLIPSES 2010 WIN TOTAL

The Express have surpassed last season's win total; the 2010 Express - then the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros - posted their 57th and final victory Sept. 4 in the season's antepenultimate game. Round Rock has finished above .500 only twice since joining Triple-A in 2005. The Express won the American Southern Division title in 2006 with an 85-59 record and finished 74-70 in 2005. Round Rock did not reach 65 wins in any of the last four seasons, winning 61 games in 2007, 64 games in 2008 and 63 games in 2009.

EXPRESS LEAD PCL IN ATTENDANCE

Round Rock leads the PCL in attendance, averaging 8,521 fans per game. Sacramento is second with an 8,013 per-game average, while Albuquerque (7,904) is third. The Express have finished second or third in the PCL each season since joining the league in 2005.

TEAM NOTES

* The Express have surpassed last year's season wins total (57).

* Round Rock has lost more than two consecutive games only once, dropping four straight. The Express are 13-2 following consecutive losses.

* The Express have stranded 52 runners over the last five games.

* Round Rock has lost six straight when allowing more than six runs.

* The Express are 19-11 in one-run games and 31-20 in games decided by two runs or fewer.

* Opponents have scored first in 56 of 102 games this season. The Express are 26-30 in those games, going 10-12 when responding with at least one run in their next at bat.

* Round Rock has produced at least 15 hits 18 times.

* The Express have 16 last-at-bat wins, including eight walk-off victories and three walk-off homers.

* Round Rock is 8-3 in extra-inning games, including a 5-3 mark on the road.

* The Express are 44-14 when holding the opponent to fewer than six runs.

* Round Rock is 32-13 when scoring first and 24-12 when scoring in the first inning.

* The Express are 21-14 when allowing a first-inning run.

* Round Rock is 40-8 when out-hitting the opponent. Three of the eight losses have come since the All-Star break.

* The Express are 46-7 when leading after six innings, 43-6 when leading after seven innings and 43-4 when leading after eight innings.

* Round Rock has won eight of 12 games when tied after eight innings.

* The Express have out-scored their opponents 262-181 in innings four through six, including a 104-58 advantage in the sixth.

* Round Rock averages 2.3 two-out RBI per game.

PLAYER NOTES

JOEY BUTLER

* Hitting .500 (6-for-12) on the series

* Hit safely in 14 of last 16 games (.322, 19-for-59)

* Three multiple-hit outings in last seven games

* Hitless in consecutive games only twice with no three-game hitless streaks

* Has not gone hitless in consecutive games since June 16-17 immediately following 16-game hitting streak

* Seven hitting streaks of at least five games

* Two streaks of 10-plus games, including a 16-gamer

* Recorded at least one hit in 13 of 14 games with at least five at bats (July 14 at Memphis)

* Hit safely in 64 of 75 games with at least one at bat

* Hitting .338 (45-for-133) at The Dell Diamond with hits in 33 of 37 games

* Five of seven home runs were hit in the sixth inning

* 54 of 90 hits (60.0 percent) have come with bases empty

* 24 multiple-hit games

KEVIN CASH

* Hit safely in eight of last nine games (.444, 16-for-36) with seven multiple-hit games

* Hitless in nine consecutive at bats prior to last nine games

* Two hits in each of last four games

* Reached safely in 11 straight games

* Hitting .324 (11-for-34) with runners in scoring position and two outs, producing 13 RBI

* .714 on base percentage with bases loaded, going 2-for-4 with three walks and nine RBI

CODY EPPLEY

* Eight walks against six strikeouts over last seven appearances

* At least one walk in 14 of last 15 outings, including seven walks in last four

* Converted eight of nine save opportunities

* Six of eight saves were on the road

* Stranded 10 of 17 inherited runners, allowing each of last three to score

* Issued eight leadoff walks against six strikeouts

* Opponents hitting .192 (5-for-26) with runners in scoring position and two outs

ESTEBAN GERMAN

* Hit safely in four of last five games after season's first three-game skid

* Tied for fourth in PCL with 26 stolen bases

* Tied for fourth on Express single-season stolen base list (Triple-A era)

* Successful on last eight stolen base attempts

* 11 walks against seven strikeouts in last 17 games

* Leads with 27 multiple-hit games

* Leads Express with 12 games of three-plus hits, including a pair of four-hit games

* Second on team with 21 two-out RBI

* Hitting .212 (7-for-33) after eighth inning

NICK GREEN

* Hit .208 (64-for-308) with 10 home runs and 46 RBI in 87 games with Norfolk Tides of the International League

* Acquired July 19 from Baltimore Orioles for Zach Phillips in waiver trade

* Singled in first Express at bat July 21

* Hit safely in each of first four games with Express with three multiple-hit outings

* Clubbed first home run with Express (solo) July 23 at Omaha

MARK HAMBURGER

* Allowed eight earned runs in 8.0 innings over last six outings after a seven-outing, 12.1-inning scoreless streak

* Yielded only one run in 16.2 innings over nine outings prior to last five appearances

* Allowed three-plus earned runs five times - 2.10 ERA (7 ER / 30.0 IP) in other 17 appearances

* 4-1, 3.20 ERA (9 ER / 25.1 IP) since June 6

DEREK HANKINS

* One win since May 12 (at Memphis, July 15)

* Tied for third in PCL with 18 home runs allowed

* At least one home run surrendered in 12 of 19 appearances

ERIC HURLEY

* Express are 8-1 in his starts

* Won five of last six starts

* Opponents are 5-for-29 (.172) with runners on base and two outs

* Holds opponents to a .133 mark (2-for-15) with runners in scoring position and two outs

* All six home runs allowed were solo shots

ZACH JACKSON

* Won five of last eight decisions

* Express are 12-5 in his starts, best of any pitcher on staff

* Averages staff-best 6.35 runs of support

* Opposing batters hit .278 on the road, .331 at The Dell Diamond

* Nine of 13 home runs allowed were at home

* All four home runs allowed on the road were solo shots

BEAU JONES

* 13 strikeouts over 8.2 innings in last six outings

* Multiple strikeouts 10 times in 26 appearances

* Allowed more than one earned run five times

* 1.97 ERA (7 ER / 32.0 IP) in other 21 outings

* Opponents are 3-for-16 (.188) with runners in scoring position and two outs

MATT KATA

* Hit safely in 11 of last 12 games (.429, 18-for-42)

* Six multiple-hit performances in last 16 games after going 18 straight games without a multiple-hit outing

* Hit safely in 23 of last 26 games (.333, 33-for-99)

* At least one RBI in nine of last 12 games with four two-RBI games and one three-RBI game

* Eight multiple-RBI outings in last 23 games with 25 RBI in that time

* Reached safely in 38 of last 41 games, including 12 straight

* Struck out looking three times in last nine at bats after doing so only twice in season's first 256 at bats

* Hitting .325 (37-for-114) when second or eighth in the lineup - hitting .258 (39-for-151) elsewhere

* 19-for-60 (.317) with 14 RBI after the seventh inning

* Hitting .197 (12-for-61) when leading off an inning

* Produced 18 of 40 RBI with runners on base and two outs, hitting .435 (20-for-46) in that situation

MICHAEL KIRKMAN

* Optioned to Round Rock from Texas prior to July 3 game

* Third stint with Express this season

* 16 of 35 runs allowed were in two outings - April 7 vs. Iowa (10), July 5 at Albuquerque (6)

* 3.16 ERA (15 ER / 42.2 IP) in other 13 appearances

LEONYS MARTIN

* Signed as a non-drafted free agent May 4, 2011

* Hit .348 with four homers and 10 stolen bases in 29 games with Double-A Frisco

* Assigned to Express prior to July 9 game

* Hitless in last two games after hitting safely in eight of first 10 games with Express

* Six multiple-hit games, including one three-hit game and one four-hit game

BRAD NELSON

* Hit safely in six of last seven games (.267, 8-for-30)

* Four home runs in last 51 at bats after hitting two in previous 122 at bats

* Hitting .299 (32-for-107) as designated hitter, .245 (52-for-212) when playing in the field

* 8-for-46 (.174) with runners in scoring position and two outs

* Hitting .367 (11-for-30) after the eighth inning

DARREN O'DAY

* Appeared in five games with Express on a rehab assignment June 22-30

* Returned to the Express prior to June 14 game

* No runs allowed in eight of nine appearances with the Express

* Only runs allowed were on Brett Carroll's two-run homer June 30 vs. Nashville

* Lone walk issued was against first batter faced in first outing with Express (June 22 at New Orleans)

MARTIN PEREZ

* Widely considered to prospect in Rangers organization

* Began season with Double-A Frisco

* 4-2 with a 3.16 ERA in 16 starts and one relief appearance with RoughRiders

* Tallied 83 strikeouts against 36 walks over 88.1 innings with a .245 opponents' average at Frisco

* Pitched in 2011 MLB Futures Game

* Assigned to Round Rock prior to July 14 game

* Earned victory in first career Triple-A start July 16 at Memphis

NEIL RAMIREZ

* Currently on the disabled list (shoulder stiffness)

* Express are 9-8 in his starts, going 1-7 in last eight starts

* Averages 4.94 runs of support

* Opponents hitting .194 (6-for-31) with runners in scoring position and two outs

* Leads staff with 85 strikeouts and 10.43 strikeouts per nine innings

* 1.06 ERA in the first inning (3 ER / 17.0 IP)

* Five of six home runs allowed were at The Dell Diamond

* Four of six homers surrendered were solo shots, including three leadoff homers

GUILDER RODRIGUEZ

* Began season with Double-A Frisco

* Assigned to Round Rock prior to July 9 game

* Recorded first Triple-A hit this season July 10 vs. Memphis (single)

* Snapped four-game hitting streak yesterday, going 0-for-4

* 5-for-16 (.313) with runners in scoring position, 7-for-28 (.250) without

PEDRO STROP

* 1.96 ERA (4 ER / 18.1 IP) in 14 road outings - 5.74 ERA (10 ER / 15.2 IP) in 15 home appearances

* Allowed three earned runs in 15.1 innings over last 15 outings (1.76 ERA)

* At least one strikeout in seven straight appearances and 12 of 13

* Four walks over 2.0 innings in last two outings

* Stranded seven of 14 inherited runners, allowing four of last five to score

* One home run allowed over 79.2 innings at the Triple-A level since surrendering two homers May 3, 2009

* Opponents hitting .370 (17-for-46) with runners in scoring position

TAYLOR TEAGARDEN

* Produced first multiple-hit game since June 4 last night

* First three-hit game since three-homer game May 8 vs. Nashville

* Reached safely in 21 of last 24 games with Round Rock

* Six of nine home runs were solo shots

* No home runs in last 16 games, 58 at bats with Express

* Hitting .337 (34-for-101) when batting in bottom third of order, 2-for-25 (.080) when higher in the order

* 8-for-40 (.200) since being optioned to Round Rock in early July

BRETT TOMKO

* Credited with win in each of last five decisions

* Express are 7-2 in his last nine outings (six starts)

* At least one home run allowed in 10 of 13 appearances but snapped a seven-outing streak in last start

CHAD TRACY

* Riding six-game hitting streak (.333, 8-for-24)

* At least one walk in five of last eight games

* Tied for eighth in league with 20 home runs

* Fourth in PCL with 80 RBI

* Seventh on Express single-season RBI list (Triple-A era)

* Eighth among all minor leaguers in RBI

* 17 RBI in last 21 games with six multiple-RBI outings in that time

* Tied for 24th among all minor leaguers with 20 home runs

* 10 walks in last 15 games - five walks in previous 25 games

* Seven home runs, 34 RBI with runners on base and two outs

* Leads the team in hits with runners in scoring position (44)

* Also leads team with 37 two-out hits and 41 two-out RBI

* Second on team with 26 multiple-hit games

* Leads team with 25 multiple-RBI games - seven more than any other player (Chris Davis)

RYAN TUCKER

* Has not allowed more than one run in any of last nine relief appearances

* 1.98 ERA (3 ER / 13.2 IP) with 11 strikeouts against two walks in those outings

* Three of four home runs allowed were solo shots

* Opponents hitting .318 (7-for-22) with runners in scoring position and two outs

NEXT SERIES

Round Rock returns to The Dell Diamond to host Memphis in a four-game set. The series runs Tuesday through Friday with a 7:05 p.m. CDT first pitch each night. The Express lead the season series 7-5. The teams split a four-game series July 7-10 in the Redbirds first visit to The Dell Diamond.

GAME 104 | TUESDAY, JULY 26 | 7:05 p.m. CDT

Express: LHP Martin Perez (1-1, 4.32 ERA)

Redbirds: RHP Brian Broderick (3-3, 5.89 ERA)

GAME 105 | WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 | 7:05 p.m. CDT

Express: LHP Zach Jackson (7-4, 5.95 ERA)

Redbirds: LHP Nick Additon (2-7, 4.24 ERA)

GAME 106 | THURSDAY, JULY 28 | 7:05 p.m. CDT

Express: RHP Brett Tomko (5-3, 6.56 ERA)

Redbirds: RHP Brandon Dickson (4-9, 4.28 ERA)

GAME 107 | FRIDAY, JULY 29 | 7:05 p.m. CDT

Express: RHP Eric Hurley (5-0, 3.94 ERA)

Redbirds: RHP Adam Ottavino (3-7, 4.22 ERA)


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