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Round Rock Express - Game Notes Vs. Albuquerque Isotopes

September 5, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Round Rock Express News Release

GAME 144 - 12:05 p.m. CDT - SEPT. 6, 2010 - ROUND ROCK, TEXAS - THE DELL DIAMOND

ROUND ROCK EXPRESS (57-86) vs. ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES (71-71)

RADIO: 1530 AM Austin (no online audio)

EXPRESS: RHP Josh Banks (9-11, 3.99 ERA) - ISOTOPES: RHP Tim Corcoran (8-8, 6.68 ERA)

SERIES INFORMATION

FRIDAY, SEPT. 3 - GAME 141

Express 3, Isotopes 0

WP: Banks (6-12). LP: Ely (5-4). SV: None.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 4 - GAME 142

Express 6, Isotopes 2

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

SUNDAY, SEPT. 5 - GAME 143

Isotopes 3, Express 2

WP: Gonzalez (1-1). LP: Lyles (0-3). SV: Dohmann (16).

MONDAY, SEPT. 6 - 7:05 p.m. CDT - GAME 144

Express: RHP Josh Banks (9-11, 3.99 ERA)

Isotopes: RHP Tim Corcoran (8-8, 6.68 ERA)

TODAY'S GAMES

Round Rock concludes its season Monday with the finale of a four-game series against the Albuquerque Isotopes (Los Angeles Dodgers). First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CDT at The Dell Diamond. The Express (57-86) are 2-8 in their last 10 games, snapping a two-game winning streak with a 3-2 loss Sunday night. The Isotopes (71-71) are 5-5 in their last 10 games but have lost five of seven. Round Rock is 37-34 at home, winning three of the last four at The Dell Diamond. Albuquerque is 32-38 on the road, snapping a five-game road skid with Sunday's win. The Express enter Monday's game fourth in the PCL American Southern Division, 16.5 games behind division-leader Oklahoma City. The Isotopes are second in the PCL American Southern Division, two games behind Oklahoma City.

EXPRESS ON THE AIR

Today's game will be broadcast live on 1530 AM in the Austin area. Pregame starts at 15 minutes prior to first pitch with veteran Express play-by-play man Mike Capps on the call. This will be no online audio for Monday's game.

EXPRESS-ISOTOPES SERIES

Albuquerque leads the season series 8-7, but Round Rock holds a 5-2 advantage in games played at The Dell Diamond. There have been two shutouts in this year's series - one by each team. Albuquerque won six of eight meetings this season at Isotopes Park, taking three of four in each of two series. The teams have averaged 6.7 combined runs per game at The Dell Diamond while they averaged 12.9 combined runs in the eight games at Isotopes Park.

Overall: Isotopes lead 8-7

Round Rock: Express lead 5-2

Albuquerque: Isotopes lead 6-2

Streak: Isotopes 1

One-Run Games: Isotopes lead 3-2

Extra-Inning Games: Express lead 1-0

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 26 starts ... Tossed first complete-game shutout of career at Portland (8/17) ... Ranks among PCL leaders in ERA (3.99), shutouts (1) and complete games (1) ... Has lost each of last three starts, including at Omaha in last start (9/1); allowed five runs on eight hits, including two home runs, one hit batsman and two walks with three strikeouts over 8.0 innings in 5-1 Express loss ... 1-6 in last 11 starts ... Has not won at The Dell Diamond since June 20 (Omaha), going 0-3 in six starts at home since.


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