Round Rock Express Game Notes
Round Rock continues its third home stand of the season Tuesday with the second game of a four-game series against the Las Vegas 51s (Toronto Blue Jays). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT at The Dell Diamond. This is the lone scheduled meeting this season between the Express and 51s. Round Rock won Monday night's series opener 9-6 on the strength of a six-run third inning. It was the Express' seventh victory in their last nine series openers. Las Vegas fell for the ninth time in their last 13 games.
EXPRESS ON THE AIR
Today'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. ... Home games also are simulcast on 92.5 FM and 1530 AM. Games at The Dell Diamond also are broadcast on 88.9 FM throughout the stadium.
EXPRESS RHP JOSH BANKS
First season with the Astros organization, eighth year in professional baseball ... Signed to Minor League Jan. 4, 2010 ... Toronto Blue Jays second-round pick in 2003 out of Florida International ... Made Major League debut Sept. 11, 2007 ... Blue Jays organization 2003-2008 ... Was traded to San Diego Padres in late June 2008 ... Split each of the past two seasons between Portland (AAA) and San Diego ... Makes PCL-leading 10th start of season Tuesday ... Has lasted at least 5.0 innings in all nine starts, going at least 6.0 innings seven times and in each of last four starts ... Allowed two or fewer earned runs in eight of nine starts, including each of the last five ... Six of 18 earned runs allowed came in one game (4/23 vs. Omaha) ... Owns a 2.00 ERA through the fifth inning, 7.20 after fifth ... Has three wins in last four starts with one no-decision ... Earned victory against Reno in last start (5/20); allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts over 6.0 innings.
51s LHP BRIAN TALLET
Fifth season in Toronto Blue Jays organization ... 11th year in professional baseball ... New York Yankees 13th-round draft pick in 1997 out of Putnam [Okla.] High School but did not sign ... Cleveland Indians second-round draft pick (55th overall) in 2000 out of LSU ... Ace of LSU's 2000 National Champion squad, going 15-3 with a 3.52 ERA over 143.1 innings in 21 starts ... Began collegiate career at Hill [Texas] Junior College where he played one season ... Indians organization 2000-2005 ... Made Major League debut Sept. 16, 2002 ... Traded to Toronto Blue Jays for Bubbie Buzachero prior to 2006 season ... Has pitched in 192 career Major League games with 34 career starts; 15-18 career record in 387.0 innings ... Spent all of 2009 with Blue Jays, appearing in 37 games with career-high 25 starts and posting a 7-9 record with a 5.32 ERA over career-high 160.2 innings ... Started three games for Blue Jays this season, going 1-1 with a 6.11 ERA over 17.2 innings before being placed on 15-day DL with left forearm soreness ... Made one rehab start with Class-A Advanced Dunedin and allowed two hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 4.0 innings (5/20) ... Makes first rehab start with Las Vegas tonight.
TEAM QUICK NOTES
The Express have scored 84 runs in their last 10 games, tied for the highest-scoring 10-game stretch since joining Triple-A in 2005 (previous mark was set four games ago). Round Rock has scored 109 runs over the last 14 games. That is the highest-scoring 14-game stretch since the Express joined Triple-A in 2005. Prior to this run, no Express team had scored as many as 85 runs in any 14-game stretch during the Triple-A era. ... Round Rock has tallied 10-plus hits in 11 consecutive games and in 12 of its last 13. ... The Express are hitting .309 and averaging 6.7 runs per game in May after hitting .244 with 3.5 runs per game last month. Round Rock has 22 home runs in May with a .470 team slugging percentage after only 10 home runs in April. ... Despite being four games below .500, Round Rock has out-scored its opponents 227-206 on the season. ... The Express are 18-5 when scoring at least five runs and 2-19 when scoring fewer than five runs. ... Round Rock is 18-1 when leading after eight innings. ... The Express are hitting .330 (92-for-288) with runners in scoring position over the last 25 games. ... Of Round Rock's 24 losses, 19 have been by three runs or fewer, including 12 one-run losses. ... Express in the PCL statistical rankings: fourth in batting (.279), 10th in pitching (4.37) and seventh in fielding (.978).
PLAYER QUICK NOTES
Josh Banks is tied for seventh in the PCL with four wins and ranks fifth in the league with 55.0 innings pitched. Banks is tied for the PCL lead with three wins in May; he is tied with three others for the month's best record (3-0). He has a 2.00 ERA through the fifth inning, 7.20 after the fifth. Banks is 4-1 at home and 0-2 on the road. He also is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in day games but 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA in night games. Banks has allowed two or fewer innings in eight of nine starts, including each of the last five. ... Brian Bogusevic is hitting .196 (10-for-51) over the last 13 games after hitting .463 (19-for-41) in the first 10 games of May. Bogusevic ranks second in the PCL with 33 runs scored. He has not gone hitless in consecutive games since April 29, hitting safely in 17 of 24 games in that time. ... Jason Bourgeois has hit safely in 12 of the last 13 games; he is hitting .448 (26-for-58) during the streak with seven multiple-hit games and five games of three-plus hits. Bourgeois ranks third in the PCL in batting average (.349), fourth stolen bases (14) and fifth in on-base percentage (.411). He is hitting .365 in May, ninth in the PCL. ... Jason Castro hit his first career Triple-A home run Monday night. He has reached safely in 32 of 35 games played, including each of the last 15 games. Castro has scored a run or produced an RBI in 13 straight games, scoring a run in each of the first 10 games during that time. He has hit safely in 13 of the last 14 games, going 18-for-53 (.340) in that time. Castro is 0-for-4 with the bases loaded, but he has drawn three bases-loaded walks. ... Roy Corcoran's RBI single in the seventh inning Thursday against Reno was the first RBI of his career and fourth career hit. He is riding a two-game hitting streak. ... Casey Daigle has recorded a save in five 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 an earned run in nine straight appearances. ... Michael Garciaparra is riding a six-game hitting streak that dates back to his first stint with the Express; he is hitting .600 (6-for-10) with three pinch hits in that time. ... Chris Johnson has hit safely in 12 of 13 games with the Express, delivering a sacrifice fly in the lone hitless game. He has hit safely in nine straight games, going 17-for-36 (.472) in that time. Johnson is tied for eighth in the PCL with 11 extra-base hits in May despite missing the month's first nine game. ... Drew Locke has hit safely in seven of eight starts. He is hitting .320 (16-for-50) in 18 games since May 5. Locke's .603 slugging percentage in May ranks eighth in the PCL. ... Yordany Ramirez is hitting .161 (10-for-62) in 22 games since April 20, producing two multiple-hit game in that time. He is hitless in his last eight pinch-hit appearances after starting the year 2-for-2 as a pinch hitter. ... Chris Shelton leads the Express with eight home runs, four of which have been solo shots. He is tied for first in the PCL with 11 homers in May. Shelton also is tied for eighth in the PCL with 33 hits this month, tied for eighth with 11 extra-base hits, tied for second with 54 total bases and tied for fourth with 23 RBI. He snapped an 0-for-15 and three-game slump with his third-inning single Monday night; both were his longest dry spells this season. ... Wesley Wright has allowed three or fewer earned runs in seven of nine starts, allowing one earned run four times. Interestingly, he was 1-0 with five no-decisions and a 2.78 ERA in his first six starts; however, he is 2-0 with one no-decision in his last three starts, despite a 10.13 ERA.
CHACIN RETURNS TO ROUND ROCK
Southpaw Gustavo Chacin was optioned to the Express Monday and will be active for Tuesday's game. Chacin was promoted to Houston in early May and a 1.69 ERA in 5.1 innings over four relief appearances for the Astros. He is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA in five starts with the Express.
DeLOME PLACED ON DISABLED LIST
Collin DeLome was placed on the 15-day DL Monday with a shoulder injury, which was sustained in his collision with Reno catcher Carlos Corporan on the final play of Sunday's game. DeLome is hitting .257 with four homers and 15 RBI in 36 games this season. ... Meanwhile, Drew Meyer was activated from the 15-day DL Monday.
KATA CONTINUES HOT STREAK
Matt Kata is riding an 12-game hitting streak (.481, 26-for-54), the longest this year by an Express player. He has multiple hits in 10 of those games with a pair of five-game streaks, both of which are the longest multiple-hit streaks by an Express player this season. Kata is hitting .412 (52-for-126) since snapping out of a 1-for-35 funk April 18, raising his average 231 points in that time. Kata is 9-for-17 (.529) with runners in scoring position since May 10. He leads the team in multiple-hit games (18), three-hit games (8) and games with three-plus hits (9). Kata ranks seventh in the PCL with a .331 batting average and tied for third in the league with 56 hits. His .391 average in May is the third-best mark in the PCL, while he is tied for third in the league for the month in hits (34) and tied for eighth in doubles (8).
BATS STAY HOT
Round Rock collected 12 hits in Monday's game, its 11th consecutive game with at least 10 hits. The Express have scored 84 runs in their last 10 games, tied for the highest-scoring 10-game stretch since joining Triple-A in 2005 (previous mark was established four games ago). Round Rock has scored 109 runs in its last 14 games, the highest-scoring 14-game stretch in its Triple-A era. In fact, the Express had not scored more than 85 runs in any 14-game stretch since 2005.
JOHNSON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chris Johnson was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Johnson is the first Express player so honored this season and the first since Cody Ransom took player of the week accolades Aug. 6, 2007. Johnson led the hit .458 (11-for-24) in six games during the week with three home runs, nine RBI, 11 runs scored, three doubles and a triple. He currently rides an eight-game hitting streak, during which time he is hitting .469 (15-or-32). Johnson hit safely in six consecutive at bats and reached safely in nine consecutive plate appearances during the first two games of the Express series against Reno, both season bests for Round Rock.
Round Rock makes its fourth road trip of the season after the Las Vegas series, an abbreviated one-series swing. The Express play four games against the Omaha Royals (Kansas City) at Rosenblatt Stadium. The series starts Friday with a 7:05 p.m. CDT first pitch.
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