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Top 12 Games of 2012 (No. 7)

Throughout the fall, we’ll take a look at the top 12 games of 2012. Today, we look at Game No. 7 on our list.

No. 7
May 2:  at Express 10, New Orleans 5
A six-run eighth inning gave the Express a 10-5 victory over the visiting Zephyrs at The Dell Diamond. Matt Kata’s two-run single keyed the scoring outburst, which gave Round Rock the season’s first victory when trailing after seven innings.

Trailing 5-4, Tommy Mendonca sparked the comeback with a leadoff single. Yangervis Solarte later singled home Mendonca to tie the game, and Kata’s two-run single proved to be the game-winner. Joey Butler added a two-run double and later scored on a two-out New Orleans error.

The six-run inning matched Round Rock’s highest-scoring frame of the season to that date and remained the team’s highest-scoring eighth inning throughout the season. Coincidentally, the Express also scored six ninth-inning runs at New Orleans two weeks prior.

Ben Snyder was credited with the victory in relief of starter Martin Perez after working around Sergio Pedroza’s leadoff single for a scoreless top of the eighth. Tanner Scheppers retired the side in order in the top of the ninth with two strikeouts in a non-save situation. It was part of an eight-outing stretch for Scheppers in which he did not allow a run, also part of an 11-appearance span in which he allowed one run in 11.0innings (0.82 ERA) with five saves in as many opportunities.

Mendonca finished 3-for-4, including a home run and two RBI. Eight of nine Express starters hit safely; Kata, Solarte, Luis Hernandez, Brad Nelson and Luis Martinez all enjoyed two-hit nights. It was the 13th game of Solarte’s eventual franchise-record, 22-game hitting streak. Greg Miclat, the lone Express batter without a hit, had two sacrifice bunts, including one following Mendonca’s eighth-inning leadoff single.

The victory was part of a 6-1 stretch for the Express that included series victories over New Orleans and Memphis. That run got Round Rock to 17-16, unfortunately the season’s lone day over .500.

No. 8:  at Express 2, Oklahoma City 1 (Aug. 20)
No. 9:  Express 10, at New Orleans 0 (April 22)
No. 10:  at Omaha 9, Express 8 (16 innings; April 10)
No. 11:  Express 6, at Oklahoma City 3 (Sept. 1)
No. 12:  Express 14, at Reno 1 (Aug. 15)

Express vs. Oklahoma City (Aug. 19)

Close, But No Cigar:  Round Rock loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth but couldn’t get a run across. Oklahoma City wins 5-2. The Express left the bases loaded in two of the last three innings.

Grimm Outcome:  Oklahoma City takes a 4-2 lead on Carlos Corporan’s seventh-inning, two-run single. Justin Grimm got ahead 0-2 and made a good pitch in on Corporan’s hands; but, Corporan fisted a lollipop liner over the infield for the go-ahead hit. Ben Snyder spelled Grimm and got the Express out of the inning without further damage. Grimm went six and one-third innings and allowed four runs – three earned – on seven hits, one walk and one hit batter with three strikeouts. All in all, he pitched better than his line would indicate.

Snyder Warning:  Ben Snyder beginning to loosen in the Express bullpen. His brother made the final out of the last inning, so it would be a while before a potential squaring off.

Hamburger, Hill:  Mark Hamburger got a fly ball to center, walked Yangervis Solarte and struck out Koyie Hill to get the RedHawks out of the sixth. The Express left the bases loaded as Hamburger stranded both runners inherited from starter Fernando Abad, who allowed two runs on six hits, a walk and one hit batter with three strikeouts over five and two-thirds innings. Still 2-2 going to the seventh.

Hey! I Know That Guy!  Former Express pitcher Mark Hamburger is now on the mound for Oklahoma City. Hamburger, who was designated for assignment when Roy Oswalt was added to the Rangers 40-man roster in June, spent five weeks with Tucson (San Diego Padres) before being released and signing with the Astros in mid-June. He is 0-1 with a 3.63 ERA in 11 appearances with the RedHawks. Hamburger is on the Astros 40-man roster.

Tonight’s Attendance:  Much like what Godzilla did when he wanted a hot dog and a Slurpee, he… 8711.

Fourth-Degree Burns:  Brad Snyder’s RBI double and a two-out throwing error allowed the RedHawks to tie the game 2-2 in the top of the fourth.

Did You Know?  Thanks to his first-inning single, Brad Nelson has hit safely in 17 of 20 home games since the All-Star break. He is 27-for-67 (.403) at The Dell Diamond in that time.

King of the Hill:  Koyie Hill laced a two-out RBI single to left-center, giving the Express a 2-0 lead after two innings. Credit the run to Ryan Spilborghs running on a full-count pitch to Brandon Snyder with one out. Snyder grounded out to short on a ball that likely would have been an inning-ending double play without Spilborghs in motion. Hill, who joined the Express last week, has hit safely in three of his first four games with the E-Train.

Snyder, Snyder… Snyder:  Two Snyders are in tonight’s game… at least for now – Express third baseman Brandon Snyder and Oklahoma City right fielder Brad Snyder. While those two Snyders are not related, Brad Snyder is the brother of Express reliever Ben Snyder. The brothers faced each other three times this season; Brad is 1-for-3 with a strikeout.

Boom Boom Borbon:  Julio Borbon homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning – a towering shot down the right-field line that landed just shy of the pool. It was Borbon’s ninth homer of the season. He had nine homers in 264 career minor league games entering this season. Borbon had 16 homers in 479 career professional games prior to 2012. It was Borbon’s first homer since July 29 at Memphis and first at The Dell Diamond since June 16 against Oklahoma City. Express lead 1-0 after the first inning.

First Pitch:  Underway at 6:09 p.m.

Express Rotation for Five-Game Road Series at Memphis

Saturday:  LH Chad Bell

Sunday (Game 1):  RH Neftali Feliz (rehab)

Sunday (Game 2):  RH Justin Grimm

Monday:  LH Ben Snyder

Tuesday:  LH Zach Jackson

Rotations For Next Two Series

By Wade Hilligoss

Here’s a look at the rotations for the next two series for the Express, including the rehabbing Rangers.

vs. Memphis:

Friday 7/13 – LHP Chad Bell vs. LHP Tyler Lyons
Saturday 7/14 – Ogando/RHP Justin Grimm (AAA debut)/RHP Koji Uehara vs. RHP Shelby Miller
Sunday 7/15 – RHP Neftali Feliz/RHP Greg Reynolds vs. RHP Brandon Dickson

at Nashville
Monday 7/16 – LHP Ben Snyder vs. RHP Mark Rogers
Tuesday 7/17 – Jackson vs. TBA
Wednesday 7/18 – TBA vs. RHP Seth McClung
Thursday 7/19 – Grimm vs. RHP Claudio Vargas

Thursday Express Roster Notes

-C Elio Sarmiento was activated off the disabled list last night at was the designated hitter batting ninth.

-Saturday’s previously TBA starter against Albuquerque will now be LHP Ben Snyder.

-1B Mike Bianucci missed last night’s game with an unknown injury. He left Tuesday night’s game because of it but has not been placed on the DL.

Express Pregame 6/29/12


Express Starters

P Zach Jackson (3-8, 5.09 ERA, 86.2 IP, 26 BB, 45 K, .307)

  1. CF Julio Borbon (.297, 7 HR, 32 RBI)
  2. SS Luis Hernandez (.233, 4 HR, 31 RBI)
  3. LF Ryan Spilborghs (.308, 4 HR, 24 RBI)
  4. DH Brad Nelson (.287, 11 HR, 47 RBI)
  5. RF Joey Butler (.285, 11 HR, 40 RBI)
  6. 1B Mike Bianucci (.283, 14 HR, 47 RBI)
  7. 3B Matt Kata (.290, 6 HR, 38 RBI)
  8. 2B Yangervis Solarte (.286, 6 HR, 36 RBI)
  9. C Luis Martinez (.248, 1 HR, 13 RBI)

Express Players-to-Watch:

Andrew Brown:

My pick today for EPW is OF Julio Borbon. Borbon has not been seeing the ball as well lately (as evidenced by his recent 0 for 29 skid) but he has picked it back up a bit the last few games. I think Borbon gets it in gear tonight, and effects the game in multiple ways. I would predict Julio goes somewhere in the 1 for 4 range, but adds on a stolen base, run scored, and above average play in center field.

Wade Hilligoss:

I’ve had a tough go of it since we’ve started picking players-to-watch. It’s time to think outside the box. I’m taking LHP Ben Snyder today simply because he’s due to pitch and I can’t bear to watch another E-Train hitter cursed by my picking habits.

Will Weinstock: 

There is a great old saying, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Last night OF Joey Butler won the player-to-watch competition and brought me to a record of 3-1. After looking through the lineup card there is no other name I want representing me tonight than Butler. Last night he snapped an 0-for-12 skid and Butler is only hitting .158 in his last six games. But despite the poor numbers recently I have enough faith that PCL All-Star will bring my record to 4-1.

Sounds Starters:

P Brian Baker (1-3, 6.00 ERA, 48 IP, 28 BB, 33 K, .312)

  1. CF Logan Schafer (.295, 7 HR, 26 RBI)
  2. DH Jeff Bianchi (.303, 1 HR, 11 RBI)
  3. C Jason Jaramillo (.279, 2 HR, 9 RBI)
  4. 3B Andy Gonzalez (.257, 8 HR, 30 RBI)
  5. RF Jay Gibbons (.224, 5 HR, 8 RBI)
  6. 1B Sean Halton (.271, 8 HR, 27 RBI)
  7. LF Corey Patterson (.255, 4 HR, 22 RBI)
  8. SS Edwin Maysonet (.206, 0 HR, 4 RBI)
  9. 2B Eric Farris (.267, 0 HR, 14 RBI)