Round Rock Express Game Notes for May 15
Round Rock continues its third road trip of the season Saturday, opening a four-game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Colorado Rockies). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CDT at Security Services Field in Colorado Springs. This series is the lone scheduled meeting between the two teams this season. The Sky Sox won last year's series at The Dell Diamond, taking each of the series' final three games with shutouts in the final two after the Express won the opener. Round Rock is 6-4 in its last 10 games, winning five of its last seven; the Express lost Friday's series finale at Salt Lake but won the series 3-1. Colorado Springs is 5-5 in its last 10 games; the Sky Sox have lost four of their last six after dropping two of three against Albuquerque with a rainout in Friday's series finale.
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 LHP POLIN TRINIDAD
Ninth season in professional baseball, all with the Astros organization ... Signed as a non-drafted free agent June 7, 2002 ... Split 2009 season between Corpus Christi (AA) and Round Rock ... Makes seventh appearance, sixth start of season Saturday night ... Has a 2.05 ERA and .190 opponents' batting average in four home appearances with a 6.00 ERA and a .278 opponents' batting average in two road outings ... Lasted at least 5.0 innings in each of first five starts ... Suffered tough-luck loss against Memphis in last outing; allowed five runs, four of which were unearned, on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 5.1 innings.
SKY SOX RHP CHAZ ROE
Sixth year in professional baseball, all with Colorado Rockies organization ... Rockies first-round pick (32nd overall) in 2005 out of Lafayette High School in Lexington, Ky. ... Career 34-30 record in 105 appearances, all starts ... Spent all of 2009 at Tulsa (AA), going 7-3 with a 3.15 ERA in 20 starts ... Makes seventh start this season Saturday night ... Worked at least 5.0 innings in all six starts ... Lone win came in six-inning complete game against Tacoma (4/22) ... Took loss at Sacramento in last start (5/9); allowed six runs on seven hits, including two home runs, and two walks with three strikeouts over 5.2 innings.
TEAM QUICK NOTES
The Express are 9-5 in May after earning just six wins in 21 games in April. Round Rock is hitting .297 and averaging 5.3 runs per game in May after hitting .244 with 3.5 runs per game last month. ... The Express have out-scored their opponents 25-10 in the fourth inning. ... Despite being five games below .500, Round Rock has out-scored its opponents 147-143 on the season. ... The Express are 13-2 when scoring at least five runs and 2-18 when scoring fewer than five runs. ... Friday night's 5-4 loss at Salt Lake was Round Rock's first this season when leading after seven and when leading aft eight. The Express are 14-1 in both situations. ... Friday's loss also was Round Rock's seventh in the opponent's final at bat this season. ... In the season's first 19 games, the Express hit .178 (30-for-169) with runners in scoring position and .149 (13-for-87) with runners in scoring position and two outs. However, Round Rock is hitting .294 (50-for-170) with runners in scoring position and .278 (25-for-90) with runners in scoring position and two outs over the last 16 games. ... Of Round Rock's 20 losses, 16 have been by three runs or fewer, including nine one-run losses. Friday's loss snapped a three-game winning streak in games decided by three runs or fewer and a two-game streak in one-run games. ... Express in the PCL statistical rankings: eighth in batting (.266), sixth in pitching (3.78) and eighth in fielding (.978). ... Round Rock shortstops have made only two errors in 138 total chances for a .986 fielding percentage. ... Express pitchers have allowed 20 home runs, fewest of any staff in the PCL.
PLAYER QUICK NOTES
Josh Banks leads the PCL with eight games started and 49.0 innings pitched. Banks has a 2.03 ERA through five innings; it balloons to 7.00 after the fifth. ... Brian Bogusevic is hitting .200 (4-for-20) over the last three games after hitting .463 (19-for-41) in the first 10 games of May. He owns a .432 average (19-for-44) during innings six through eight, including a .615 mark (8-for-13) in the sixth inning. Bogusevic is tied for fourth in the PCL in hits (43), fifth in runs scored (25) and tied for ninth in batting average (.321). ... Jason Bourgeois ranks fourth in the PCL with 12 stolen bases and tied for ninth in batting average (.321). Bourgeois leads the Express with a .375 average (12-for-32) with runners in scoring position. Bourgeois is 15-for-44 (.341) when leading off an inning. ... T.J. Burton has not allowed a run or a hit in six of seven appearances (8.0 innings), allowing only three base-runners (two hits, one walk) in those outings. ... Jason Castro is riding a season-long seven-game hitting streak, the second-longest streak by an Express player this season. He is 10-for-26 (.385) during the streak. Castro has reached safely in 25 of 28 games played. He is hitting .458 (11-for-24) with four walks and a .536 on base percentage when leading off an inning, all team bests. ... Casey Daigle has recorded a save in four consecutive opportunities after failing to convert his first two chances of the season. Five of the six runs he has allowed this season came in two outings, both blown saves. Daigle has not allowed a run in six straight appearances. ... Collin DeLome is 5-for-34 (.147) over his last nine games with no multiple-hit outings in that time. ... Chris Johnson has hit safely or produced an RBI in each of his first four games with the Express. ... Matt Kata is hitting .400 (34-for-85) since snapping out of a 1-for-35 funk April 18, raising his average 183 points in that time. He is 16-for-29 (.552) with a runner at first base only. ... Drew Locke has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, going 8-for-25 (.320) in that time. Six of his seven RBI this season have come in three games. ... Drew Meyer has hit safely in nine of his last 12 games, going 13-for-39 (.333) and raising average 76 points in that time. ... Oswaldo Navarro is hitting .360 (18-for-50) from the two-spot in the lineup and .200 (2-for-10) elsewhere. ... Yordany Ramirez is hitting .111 (5-for-45) over his last 16 games. He is hitless in his last six pinch-hit appearances after starting the year 2-for-2 as a pinch hitter. ... Chris Shelton leads the Express with six home runs, four of which have been solo shots. He has gone consecutive starts without a hit only once this season (April 21-22), recording a hit in a team-best 26 games. Shelton leads the Express in hits (12) and RBI (17) with runners in scoring position. ... Andy Van Hekken has allowed seven walks against five strikeouts in his last two starts after posting a 24-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first five starts. ... Wesley Wright has allowed three or fewer earned runs in all seven starts, allowing one earned run four times. Opposing batters are 1-for-16 (.063) against him with runners in scoring position and two outs.
FIVE THE MAGIC NUMBER FOR EXPRESS
Round Rock is 13-2 this season when scoring at least five runs and 2-18 when scoring fewer than five runs. The two losses when scoring at least five came April 11 at New Orleans (10-5) and April 30 at Albuquerque (8-7). The Express two victories when scoring fewer than five runs came April 20 against Omaha (1-0 in 10 innings) and May 5 against Nashville (2-1).
EXPRESS HEAT UP WITH WEATHER
Round Rock posted a 6-15 record in the month of April; however, the Express have turned things around in May, going 9-5. The Express were the only team in professional baseball to not win back-to-back games in April. They took care of that in the first week of May, winning the first three games of the Nashville series May 3-5. One reason for the turnaround has been better late-inning pitching. In April, the Express surrendered 45 runs in the sixth through eighth innings (2.1 runs per game). In May, the Express have allowed 16 runs in those innings (1.1 runs per game).
EXPRESS AMONG ATTENDANCE LEADERS
Through games of May 13, Round Rock ranks second in the Pacific Coast League in average attendance. A total of 128,490 fans have passed through the turnstiles at The Dell Diamond, a 16-date average of 8,031. Sacramento leads the PCL with an 8,282 per-game average. Round Rock ranks fourth in Triple-A and fifth in Minor League Baseball. Interestingly, none of the top five teams in Minor League Baseball attendance, each of which averages at least 8,000 per game, have winning records.
ROJO' JOHNSON No. 1 ON SPORTSCENTER'S NOT TOP 10' LIST
National attention continues to swarm around the legend of Rojo Johnson. ESPN's SportsCenter listed the Will Ferrell skit No. 1 on its "Not Top 10" for the past week. The skit took place between the fifth and sixth innings of the May 6 game between the Round Rock Express and Nashville Sounds at The Dell Diamond. The RRExpressTV footage of the skit posted on YouTube has received more than 800,000 hits since it was posted following the May 6 game. It is a top-three spotlight sports clip in 22 countries, ranking No. 3 worldwide. The video is the 15th most-viewed clip worldwide (all categories) on YouTube this week, ranking second worldwide among sports clips.
Round Rock returns home after the Colorado Springs series for its third home stand of the season. The Express host the Reno Aces for a four-game series May 20-23, followed by a four-game set against the Las Vegas 51s (May 24-27).
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