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Top 12 Games of 2012 (No. 12)

TOP 12 GAMES OF 2012
Throughout the fall, we’ll take a look at the top 12 games of 2012. Before we get to that list, here is a brief look at nine games that were considered but didn’t make the list.

April 15 vs. Iowa:  Round Rock edged Iowa 11-10 in 13 innings – the longest home game this season and tied for the third-longest Triple-A game in The Dell Diamond’s history. Matt Kata’s sacrifice fly was the game-winner.

May 8 at Salt Lake:  Five homers gave the Express an 11-9 victory. Dusty Brown, Joey Butler, Mike Bianucci, Yangervis Solarte and Brad Nelson provided the homers, and Round Rock scored in seven different innings at hitter-friendly Spring Mobile Park.

June 1 at Memphis:  Despite getting out-hit 9-3, the Express blanked Memphis 3-0. Greg Reynolds scattered six singles and four walks with four strikeouts over seven innings. Elio Sarmiento and Dusty Brown had consecutive RBI singles in the second, and Joey Butler tacked on a ninth-inning solo homer.

June 17 vs. Oklahoma City:  What a pitching matchup – Oswalt vs. Clemens. OK, the Clemens was Paul Clemens. Roy Oswalt allowed two runs on six hits and a walk over six innings with five strikeouts in his final game before joining the Rangers; it was his lone win with the Express. Greg Miclat homered in the second, and his two-run double in the sixth erased a broke a 2-2 ties as the Express won 4-2.

July 17 at Nashville:  Round Rock scored two runs in the ninth to send the game to extra innings, and Luis Hernandez delivered a two-out RBI single in the 11th for a 5-4 Express win. Round Rock’s bullpen (Joe Ortiz, Aaron Heilman and Neil Cotts) tossed five shutout innings.

Aug. 3 vs. Tucson:  After squandering a 6-0 lead over the final three innings, the Express plated two runs in the bottom of the ninth for an 8-7 victory. Julio Borbon’s two-run single was the game-winner.

Aug. 21 vs. Oklahoma City:  In his final win of the season, Zach Jackson limited the RedHawks to one run on seven hits and no walks over seven innings with seven strikeouts for a 4-1 Express victory. It was Jackson’s 20th win with the Express – a franchise record. Joey Butler’s sixth-inning solo homer snapped a 1-1 tie, and Leonys Martin added a two-run shot in the seventh.

Aug. 22 vs. Nashville:  One night later, the Express overcame a 6-3 deficit entering the bottom of the eighth and eventually won 7-6 in 11 innings. This was the closest of the honorable mention games to make the top 12. Ryan Spilborghs clubbed a two-run homer in the eighth to pull the Express within a run. Matt Kata tied the game in the ninth with an RBI fielder’s choice. Manager Bobby Jones was ejected after a peculiar call on a double-play ball later in the ninth, a play in which Kata collided with Nashville second baseman Adrian Williams. Spilborghs came through in the 11th with a two-out RBI single.

And now on with the Top 12 list, starting today with No. 12:

No. 12
Aug. 15:  Express 14, at Reno 1
Scoring 14 runs on 19 hits in the 4,400-foot elevation of Reno was no big surprise. However, the ability of Martin Perez to hold the eventual PCL-champion Aces to one run on six hits and five walks over eight innings was quite impressive. The lone run came on Konrad Schmidt’s eighth-inning, two-out solo homer, ending Perez’s bid for his first career complete-game shutout.

All nine Express starters hit safely as the Express won their fifth straight game – the season’s longest streak at that date (they won a sixth straight the following night). Brad Snyder’s two-run double keyed a four-run second inning, and Round Rock never looked back, adding three in the third and two in the fourth. Brad Nelson’s two-run homer pushed the Express lead to 11-0 in the seventh, and Koyie Hill tacked on an RBI single later in the inning. Hill capped the scoring with a two-run homer in the ninth.

Perez posted his first road win with the Express since April 27 at Oklahoma City. It was the deepest into a game he carried a shutout in what was his 28th career Triple-A start. Perez escaped trouble in the fourth, inducing an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.

It was Round Rock’s fifth straight game with at least 10 hits as the Express won for the 15th time in 21 games. Eight of nine batters had multiple-hit efforts; ironically, the lone exception was Luis Hernandez, who snapped a streak of nine consecutive multiple-hit outings. Leonys Martin ended a streak of four consecutive games with a homer but enjoyed a 4-for-6 effort nonetheless.

 

WHY FIRE SHOWALTER?
A couple weeks ago, we talked about the Baltimore Orioles’ success this year and how several members of the 2011 Express squad have played a part. We also asked when the Orioles will fire manager Buck Showalter. Here is the reason for the question:

Showalter managed three teams previously – the Yankees (1992-1995), Diamondbacks (1998-2000) and Rangers (2003-2006). In each case, his tenure ended with a firing. And, in each case, the succeeding manager led the team to a world series.

In 1994, Showalter guided the Yankees to a 70-43 record and was named American League Manager of the Year. New York owned baseball’s second-best record behind only Montreal (74-40). But the season was cut short due to the strike.

The following season, the Showalter-led Yankees were 79-65 and claimed the American League wild card – New York’s first playoff appearance since 1981. However, the Yankees lost to the Mariners 3-2 in the division series. Game 5 was one of the best playoff games in the wild-card era as Seattle edged New York 5-4. Randy Velarde’s one-out RBI single snapped a 4-4 tie in the top of the 11th, but Edgar Martinez won the game with a two-run double in the bottom of the inning that scored Joey Cora and Ken Griffey Jr. Coming off the bench for the Mariners in that game was rookie Alex Rodriguez; he replaced Tino Martinez, who would join the Yankees the following season.

Showalter was shown the door following the loss. Joe Torre took over, and the Yankees won four of the next five World Series.

A year later, Showalter was named inaugural manager of the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks – two years prior to the club’s first season. The D-backs were 65-97 in the first season (1998) but thundered to 100 wins and a division crown the following season thanks to off-season acquisitions of Randy Johnson, Armando Reynoso, Todd Stottlemyer and Steve Finley. Arizona lost to the New York Mets in the division series, and Showalter was fired after a lack-luster 85-77, third-place finish in 2000.

His replacement, Bob Brenly, followed Torre’s suit and guided the Diamondbacks to a World Series title in 2001, defeating none other than the Yankees in one of the best Game 7s in World Series history.

Showalter was unable to lead the Rangers to a playoff appearance in his four seasons at Arlington. However, he was named American League Manager in the Year in 2004, skippering the Rangers to an 89-73 record in his second season after a 71-91 mark in 2003. Texas finished third in the division, three games back of Anaheim and two games behind Oakland. It was the Rangers’ lone winning season with Showalter at the helm. He was fired following an 80-82 mark in 2006.

Showing Showalter the door in Arlington was then-29-year-old general manager John Daniels, who then hired Ron Washington. Four years later, the Rangers reached the World Series for the first time ever and returned the following season. Washington currently has Texas atop the division in pursuit of the Rangers first division three-peat.

So, surely the Orioles will fire Showalter after the Birds dip to a sub-.500 record next season. We’ll prognosticate former or soon-to-be-former players as potential replacements:  Chipper Jones (retires after this season), Scott Rolen (has played for heralded managers Tony La Russa, Dusty Baker, Terry Francona and Larry Bowa), Derek Lee (clubhouse guy has played for Jack McKeon, Lou Pinella, Bobby Cox and Showalter) or Todd Helton (quietly one of this generation’s best hitters). However, the best bet among former players surely is Hall of Famer and former Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. – assuming he wants the job… and (of course) assuming it all comes to this.

Last Two Series Rotations

NEW ORLEANS SERIES INFORMATION (relocated to The Dell Diamond)

GAME 137  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 28  |  5:35 p.m. CDT  |  DH GM 1
Express:  RHP Greg Reynolds (10-8, 4.94 ERA)
Zephyrs:  RHP Omar Poveda (4-2, 4.45 ERA)

GAME 138  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 28  |  8:05 p.m. CDT  |  DH GM 2
Express:  RHP Derek Hankins (6-7, 5.13 ERA)
Zephyrs:  TBA

GAME 139  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29  |  7:05 p.m. CDT
Express:  LHP Chad Bell (4-4, 4.41 ERA)
Zephyrs:  LHP Brad Hand (11-6, 3.65 ERA)

GAME 140  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 30  |  7:05 p.m. CDT
Express:  RHP Justin Grimm (2-3, 4.59 ERA)
Zephyrs:  RHP Elih Villanueva (9-8, 3.92 ERA)

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OKLAHOMA CITY SERIES INFORMATION

GAME 141  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 31  |  7:05 p.m. CDT
Express:  LHP Martin Perez
RedHawks:  LHP Rudy Owens

GAME 142  |  SATURDAY, SEPT. 1  |  7:05 p.m. CDT
Express:  LHP Zach Jackson
RedHawks:  RHP Jarred Cosart

GAME 143  |  SUNDAY, SEPT. 2  |  6:05 p.m. CDT
Express:  RHP Greg Reynolds
RedHawks:  RHP Jose Cisnero

GAME 144  |  MONDAY, SEPT. 3  |  11:05 a.m. CDT
Express:  LHP Chad Bell
RedHawks:  RHP Edgar Gonzalez

Express vs. Nashville (Aug. 22)

Ryan’s Hope:  Ryan Spilborghs delivered a walk-off single down the third-base line. Express win 7-6. HALF-PRICE PAPA JOHN’S TOMORROW!!!

Gimme Five:  Leonys Martin led off the bottom of the 11th with a single – his fifth hit of the night (four singles, one double). It is his first career five-hit game.

Still Tied:  We’re headed to the bottom of the 11th tied 6-6. Up for the Express:  Leonys Martin, Luis Hernandez and Matt Kata. Game is now four hours old.

What the…?:  The bottom of the ninth inning was so bizarre, we’ll just say this:  Round Rock tied the game on a Matt Kata RBI fielder’s choice. Everything beyond that was just too mind-boggling to explain. We’re tied 6-6 in the 10th.

Leonys Laser:  Leonys Martin just threw out a runner at home to end the top of the ninth on an Humberto Quintero single. Jordan Brown was trying to score from second. Martin’s throw was so strong that catcher Koyie Hill dropped the ball and still had time to pick it up and tag out Brown, who didn’t even arrive in time to bother with a slide. Wow! … Sounds lead 6-5 going to the bottom of the ninth. Leading off for the Express? Martin.

Spil-ling Over:  Ryan Spilborghs clubbed a two-run homer in the eighth, cutting Nashville’s lead to 6-5. It was his eighth of the year and second in his last six games. However, it was only his second at The Dell Diamond (July 21 vs. Omaha).

Boom Boom Borbon:  Julio Borbon blasted a two-out solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning, his 10th of the season. That eclipses his career minor league total entering this season. Borbon has homered in two of his last four games.

Are You Kidding Me?  Yangervis Solarte has hit into 26 double plays this season. That’s four more than any other player in Triple-A or Major League Baseball this season. Miguel Cabrera leads the American league with 22, Ryan Zimmerman leads the National League with 17, and three players lead the International League with 17 each.

Alberto Gonzo:  Alberto Gonzalez clubbed a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth. It was his first homer since June 25, 2011, at Petco Park against the Atlanta Braves while a member of the San Diego Padres. The Express went on to load the bases with no outs, but Yangervis Solarte grounded into a home-to-first double play, and Ryan Spilborghs struck out to end the threat. 5-2 Sounds going to the sixth.

Rough Outing:  Greg Reynolds exited two batters after Halton’s homer, allowing a single and a walk to the subsequent batters. Neal Cotts struck out former Express member Humberto Quintero to end the inning, stranding both of Reynolds’ bequeathed runners. Reynolds allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks over 4.2 innings – matching his shortest of 25 starts. Sounds lead 5-0 going to the bottom of the fifth.

Halton Does It Again:  Sean Halton blasted his second homer of the game in the fifth inning – this one a three-run shot into the Express bullpen. It is his third two-homer game of the season, all of which were on the road (June 23 at Albuquerque, July 23 at New Orleans).

Multi-Tasking:  Leonys Martin singled in the bottom of the third, giving him multiple-hit efforts in four of his last five games and five of his last seven. Express trail 2-0 heading to the fourth inning.

Halton Right There:  Sean Halton blasted a leadoff homer in the top of the second, pushing Nashville’s lead to 2-0. It was his 13th homer of the season and first since Aug. 4 at Fresno. That was his 10th homer on the road.

That Didn’t Take Long:  Leonys Martin extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning double. He is hitting .408 (20-for-49) during the streak – now the longest of his career at any level. Martin has hit safely in 22 of his last 23 games with the Express.

Sounds Strike First:  Eric Farris led off with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Khris Davis (eh, not Chris Davis). That marks the first time Round Rock pitchers have allowed a first-inning run since Colorado Springs plated three runs in the bottom of the first Aug. 13, snapping an eight-game streak.

Deja Blue All Over Again:  Round Rock is wearing blue jerseys for the third straight game.

First Pitch:  We’re underway at 7:07 p.m. CDT. It’s 90 degrees at first pitch – that’s 32 degrees in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Express Outlast Aces in Extras

ROUND ROCK EXPRESS 9, at RENO ACES 8 (10 innings)

16 August 2012  |  Aces Ballpark  |  Reno, Nev.

Records:  Express (59-67), Aces (71-55)
Julio Borbon leadoff triple in 10th inning … scored on errant pickoff throw from Reno catcher Ryan Budde
- Round Rock leads series 3-0
- Clinched second straight series … improved to 4-0-2 in last six series
- Express riding six-game winning streak
- Series finale Friday at 9:05 p.m. CDT
- Friday’s scheduled starters:  RR – RHP Greg Reynolds (10-7, 4.90 ERA); RENO – RHP Trevor Bauer (4-1, 2.85 ERA)

ROUND ROCK won 16 of last 22 (league-best record during that time) … improved to 18-8 since five-run, ninth-inning rally July 22 vs. Omaha … won 12 of last 15 road games … season-best, six-game road winning streak … improved to 20-15 since All-Star break … extended franchise record with fifth straight nine-plus run game … eight of nine starters hit safely … 56 runs, 85 hits over last five games … 10-plus hits in six straight games … nine-plus hits in nine straight games (.352, 125-for-355) … improved to 13-0 since All-Star break when scoring at least seven runs … improved to 15-15 in one-run games, 8-3 since All-Star break … fourth straight victory in one-run games … improved to 6-4 in extra-inning games (3-1 on the road).

ZACH JACKSON (no-decision) left game leading 5-3 … held opponent to three or fewer earned runs in nine of last 10 starts (4-4) … allowed three or fewer earned runs in sixth straight start … second no-decision in last 16 outings (15 starts) … Express won his fifth straight start.

JOE ORTIZ earned first career Triple-A win.

JOHAN YAN earned first career Triple-A save.

JULIO BORBON (4-for-6) three-game hitting streak (.467, 7-for-15) … second straight multiple-hit game … first four-hit game since July 25 vs. Albuquerque (fourth of season) … seventh triple, tying for second-best season total in Express history.

LUIS HERNANDEZ (4-for-5, walk) extended hitting streak to 12 games (.482, 27-for-56) … 10th multiple-hit outing during streak … second four-hit game of season (June 29 vs. Nashville) … scored in fifth straight game.

JOEY BUTLER (3-for-6) five-game hitting streak (.346, 9-for-26) … first game with three-plus hits since five-hit effort July 18 at Nashville … hit safely in 11 of last 13 games (18-for-56) … at least one strikeout in 10 straight games (14 strikeouts) … sixth straight multiple-strikeout game, seventh in last eight games.

BRAD NELSON (0-for-6) hitless with at least five at bats for only second time this season (July 2 vs. New Orleans) … first 0-for-6 game since July 2, 2011 vs. Nashville.

RYAN SPILBORGHS (1-for-4, walk) six-game hitting streak (.320, 8-for-25) … first home run since July 30 at Memphis (12 games, 46 at bats) … third homer in last 67 games, 254 at bats … first game with four-plus RBI since Aug. 22, 2011 vs. Salt Lake (with Colorado Springs).

BRANDON SNYDER (1-for-5) extended hitting streak to eight games (.353, 12-for-34) … first homer with Express … scored in fifth straight game … hit safely in 11 of 12 games with Express.

YANGERVIS SOLARTE (1-for-4, walk) hit safely in six of last seven games (12-for-31).

ALBERTO HERNANDEZ (3-for-5) first game with Express … first three-hit game since May 30 with Rangers (vs. Seattle).

KOYIE HILL (1-for-5) hit safely in each of first two games with Express.

Rotation for Omaha Series

By Will Weinstock

Here is a look at how the rotation sets up for the next four nights against the Omaha Storm Chasers.

Tonight: RHP Neftali Feliz (MLB rehab)/LHP Zach Jackson (3-11, 4.99 ERA)

Saturday: LHP Martin Perez (5-5, 4.59 ERA)

Sunday: RHP Greg Reynolds (7-6, 5.07 ERA)

Monday: LHP Chad Bell (3-2, 4.15 ERA)

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

Rotations Following the All-Star Break

By Wade Hilligoss

Round Rock, Texas - The rotations for the two four-game series’ following the Triple-A All-Star break have been determined for the Express.

vs. Memphis:
Thursday 7/12 – LHP Zach Jackson
Friday 7/13 – LHP Chad Bell 
Saturday 7/14 – RHP Justin Grimm (AAA debut)
Sunday 7/15 – RHP Greg Reynolds

vs. Nashville
Monday 7/16 – RHP Derek Hankins
Tuesday 7/17 – Jackson
Wednesday 7/18 – Bell
Thursday 7/19 – Grimm

New Express Rotation ***FRIDAY UPDATE***

By Wade Hilligoss

Round Rock, Texas - With RHP Roy Oswalt’s promotion to the Rangers today, the Express will change up their rotation a little bit heading into the All-Star break. RHP Derek Hankins, who is 1-1 in three spot starts this season, will slot in for the time being. He will start Friday, pushing Zach Jackson to Saturday on five days rest. After that, things we have to be reevaluated.

The new rotation:

Thursday vs. Iowa: LHP Martin Perez

Friday vs. Iowa: RHP Derek Hankins

Saturday at Iowa: LHP Zach Jackson

Sunday at Iowa: RHP Greg Reynolds

Monday at Iowa: LHP Ben Snyder

Tuesday at Iowa: Perez

Wednesday vs Nashville: LHP Chad Bell

Thursday vs Nashville:  Hankins*

Friday vs Nashville: Jackson*

Saturday 6/30 vs New Orleans: Reynolds*

Sunday 7/1 vs New Orleans : TBA

*Projected

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