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Top 12 Games of 2012 (No. 9)

TOP 12 GAMES OF 2012
Throughout the fall, we’ll take a look at the top 12 games of 2012. Today, we look at Game No. 9 on our list.

No. 9
April 22:  Express 10, at New Orleans 0
Neil Ramirez, Aaron Heilman and Mark Hamburger combined on a three-hit shutout at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La. It proved to be the most productive start of the season for Ramirez during his time with the Express. Meanwhile, Round Rock batters pounded out 12 hits, including four home runs, pulling away with a six-run ninth inning.

Ramirez struck out six, scattered three hits and walked one over six innings. Heilman then took the baton and struck out two over a pair of perfect innings. Hamburger retired the side in order in the ninth with one strikeout.

Matt Kata led off the second with a double and later scored on a Luis Martinez groundout. Then, the home runs. Joey Butler, who played collegiately at the University of New Orleans, clubbed a two-run homer in the fourth, and Yangervis Solarte added a solo shot in the sixth.

Round Rock sent 11 men to the plate in the six-run ninth. Solarte led off with a double, and Martinez followed with a two-run homer. After walks from Julio Borbon and Luis Hernandez, Mike Bianucci drilled a three-run homer that was his fifth in 18 games at the Triple-A level. Back-to-back doubles from Kata and Butler capped the scoring.

Solarte finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk, while Bianucci, Kata, Butler and Martinez all enjoyed two-hit games.

The win began a 16-game stretch during which the Express were 11-5 – the season’s best stretch until the torrid stretch over final five weeks.

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)

Top 12 Games of 2012 (No. 11)

TOP 12 GAMES OF 2012
Throughout the fall, we’ll take a look at the top 12 games of 2012. Today, we look at Game No. 11 on our list. Click here to read about Game No. 12 and nine others that were considered for the list.

No. 11
Sept. 1:  Express 6, at Oklahoma City 3
It was the last victory in a rather subpar year, but it was a good one to end on. Round Rock plated five runs in the top of the ninth to erase a 3-1 deficit and all but end Oklahoma City’s playoff hopes. The RedHawks were eliminated the following day despite winning the season’s penultimate game.

Julio Borbon reached on an error to start the game and later scored on a wild pitch. However, that was the extent of Round Rock’s offensive production until the ninth inning. Oklahoma City wrestled away the lead with a three-run second, but the RedHawks managed only three hits the rest of the way.

Ryan Spilborghs’ RBI double started the five-run ninth. Later, Borbon delivered a bases-loaded, two-run single that proved to be the game-winning hit. Luis Hernandez followed with a two-run triple for good measure.

Borbon’s ninth-inning single was his 158th of the season, breaking Mark Saccomanno’s 2008 franchise record.

The game may have gone somewhat unknown – the 142nd game of the season and on the road can be that way. But it capped a stretch in which the Express went 9-3, and it was Round Rock’s 26th victory in 38 games after July 25.


Congratulations are in order for Frisco center fielder Engel Beltre, who Friday was named a 2012 Minor League Baseball Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner. Although not as prestigious as its major league equivalent, the minor league award is more difficult to win. Consider: There are 30 major league teams and 120 full-season minor league teams.

Beltre, 22, played 119 games in center and committed only one error with 12 outfield assists. He led all Double-A outfielders with a .997 fielding percentage. Beltre was deemed the “Best Defensive Outfielder” in the Rangers’ farm system by Baseball America prior to the 2012 season. He also was rated the Texas League’s best defensive outfielder in the publication’s “Best Tools” issue in August. A mid-season and postseason Texas League All-Star, Beltre hit .261 with 13 homers, 55 RBI, 80 runs scored and 36 steals. He also finished second in the minors with 17 triples.

Originally signed by the Red Sox out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 2006, Beltre was acquired by the Rangers along with David Murphy in the Eric Gagne trade one year later.

Expect to see Beltre at The Dell Diamond in 2013.

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.


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.

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 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.

OKC Outlasts E-Train


18 August 2012  |  The Dell Diamond  |  Round Rock, Texas

Records:  Express (59-69), RedHawks (67-60)

– Oklahoma City leads series 1-0
– Oklahoma City leads season series 6-3
– Game 2 of series Sunday at 6:05 p.m. CDT
– Sunday’s scheduled starters:  RR – RHP Justin Grimm (2-1, 4.38 ERA); OKC – LHP Fernando Abad (2-0, 4.03 ERA)

ROUND ROCK suffered consecutive losses for only second time since July 22 … fell to 12-19 in series openers … suffered fourth loss in 62 games when leading after seven inning … recorded 10-plus hits for seventh time in last eight games.

CHAD BELL left game leading 3-1 … denied first win since July 18 at Nashville, first win at The Dell Diamond since July 1 vs. New Orleans … held opponent to fewer than two runs for first time since working six shutout innings July 1 vs. New Orleans  … did not walk a batter for first time in 11 starts with Express.

JULIO BORBON (2-for-4) five-game hitting streak (.478, 11-for-23) … fourth straight multiple-hit game … 13th multiple-hit outing in last 24 games.

LUIS HERNANDEZ (3-for-5) extended hitting streak to 14 games (.477, 31-for-65) … 11th multiple-hit effort in last 13 games (fifth game with three-plus hits).

JOEY BUTLER (1-for-3, walk) seven-game hitting streak (.333, 11-for-33) … hit safely in 13 of last 15 games (20-for-63) … at least one strikeout in 12 straight games (21 strikeouts) … eighth straight multiple-strikeout game, ninth in last 10 games.

BRAD NELSON (2-for-5) snapped 0-for-11 skid with first-inning single.

MATT KATA (1-for-3) hit safely in six of last seven games … eight RBI over last seven games.

YANGERVIS SOLARTE (0-for-4) second hitless outing in last nine games.

RYAN SPILBORGHS (1-for-4) hit safely in seven of last eight games.

ALBERTO HERNANDEZ (1-for-4) hit safely in all three games with Express (5-for-12).

ROBINZON DIAZ (2-for-4) third multiple-hit effort in three games with Express (6-for-13).

Players to Watch (Aug. 18 vs. Oklahoma City)

JULIO BORBON:  Four-game hitting streak (.474, 9-for-19) … three straight multiple-hit games … eight triples, second-best season total in Express history … 9-for-17 (.529) since snapping 0-for-15 skid with sixth-inning single Tuesday night at Reno … 35-for-102 (.343) with 12 multiple-hit efforts over last 23 games on heels of an 0-for-19 skid.
LUIS HERNANDEZ:  13-game hitting streak (.467, 28-for-60) … six doubles during streak … multiple hits in 10 of last 12 games, three-plus hits four times … snapped streak of five straight games with at least one run scored last night … at least one RBI in eight of last 10 games (10 RBI) … 18 RBI over last 13 games with five multiple-RBI efforts … hit safely in 18 of last 20 games (.407, 37-for-91).
YANGERVIS SOLARTE:  Hit safely in six of last seven games (.387, 12-for-31) with four multiple-hit efforts … scored in seven of last 10 games … two RBI in three of last five games; first multiple-RBI efforts since June 21 vs. Iowa … hitting .313 (26-for-83) over last 21 games with eight multiple-hit outings.

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.

Express Pregame 8/8/12

Express Starters

RHP Justin Grimm (1-0, 2.57 ERA)

  1. CF Leonys Martin (.344, 6 HR, 26 RBI)
  2. SS Luis Hernandez (.238, 8 HR, 54 RBI)
  3. LF Julio Borbon (.300, 8 HR, 45 RBI)
  4. 1B Brad Nelson (.290, 20 HR, 67 RBI)
  5. RF Joey Butler (.284, 15 HR, 56 RBI)
  6. DH Ryan Spilborghs (.289, 6 HR, 41 RBI)
  7. 3B Brandon Snyder (.200, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
  8. 2B Yangervis Solarte (.276, 9 HR, 43 RBI)
  9. C Luis Martinez (.271, 2 HR, 22 RBI)

Express Player-to-Watch:

Tonight we are going to change up how the competition works. Normally everyone gets to pick one player, and whoever’s player has the best game wins. However for our last game all three of us had the choice of three players from the lineup. To keep things far we used a snake draft with Wade having the first pick, Andrew second, and Will third. We will keep you updated throughout our ingame and postgame coverage on how things go.

Andrew: SS Luis Hernandez, OF Julio Borbon, & 3B Brandon Snyder

Wade: 1B Brad Nelson, DH Ryan Spilborghs, & 2B Yangervis Solarte

Will: OF Leonys Martin, OF Joey Butler, & C Luis Martinez

51s Starters

RHP Scott Richmond (8-6, 6.13 ERA)

  1. SS Mike McCoy (.264, 3HR, 29 RBI)
  2. 2B Jonathan Diaz (.261, 2 HR, 21 RBI)
  3. DH Jack Cust (.222, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
  4. 1B Mike McDade (.290, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
  5. LF Ricardo Nanita (.303, 3 HR, 39 RBI)
  6. 3B Luke Hughes (.248, 3 HR, 15 RBI)
  7. CF Danny Pereales (.315, 6 HR, 32 RBI)
  8. C Tuffy Gosewisch (.385, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
  9. RF Kenen Balli (.200, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

Express Pregame 8/1/12

Express Starters

P Greg Reynolds (8-6, 5.10 ERA)

  1. CF Leonys Martin (.344, 5 HR, 22 RBI)
  2. SS Luis Hernandez (.234, 7 HR, 47 RBI)
  3. LF Julio Borbon (.297, 8 HR, 41 RBI)
  4. 1B Brad Nelson (.284, 19 HR, 64 RBI)
  5. RF Joey Butler (.283, 15 HR, 53 RBI)
  6. DH Ryan Spilborghs (.293, 6 HR, 40 RBI)
  7. 2B Yangervis Solarte (.279, 8 HR, 41 RBI)
  8. C Elio Sarmiento (.203, 1 HR, 11 RBI)
  9. 3B Tommy Mendonca (.203, 7 HR, 29 RBI)

Express Player-to-Watch

This marks the last eight games of the EPW contest, as Will and Andrew enter their final home series. Things have gotten interesting lately as, in Wade’s absence, Andrew has closed the gap on Will and is now sitting only two games back. Wade is back, and while he is statistically eliminated, he can still play spoiler for either Andrew or Will. All in all, this promises to be an interesting race for the EPW crown.

On that note..

Andrew: The Express and I have both gotten red hot at exactly the same time. Coincidence? Probably. But somehow I managed to crawl back into this game, relying on a combination of luck and instinct. Although I feel like tonight may be Butler’s game, I am going to take CF Leonys Martin. Martin is recently back from an extended stay in Arlington, and has to be itching to play/swing a bat again, as he did not get the opportunity to for the last several weeks. When you combine his talents with the fact that he is anxious to play again, the outcome should bode well for me and the team tonight. Also, none of my colleagues are taking Butler tonight, which makes me feel a lot better about my choice of Martin.

Wade: So, I’ve been out for a few weeks. I’m a little rusty. I told myself I’d take whomever occupies the three-hole and today, that’s LF Julio Borbon. Added possibility of steals? Yes please.

Will: My lead is down to 2 games. Hopefully Wade coming back will change my luck and swing the wins back my way. Tonight, I am going with 2B Yangervis Solarte.

Padres Starters

P Bear Bay (8-11, 5.19 ERA)

  1. CF Daniel Robertson (.283, 5 HR, 44 RBI)
  2. SS Andy Parrino (.182, 0 HR, 4 RBI)
  3. 2B Jedd Gyorko (.365, 18 HR, 74 RBI)
  4. 1B Matt Clark (.292, 23 HR, 83 RBI)
  5. RF Jeremy Hermida (.319, 17 HR, 55 RBI)
  6. 3B Anthony Contreras (.223, 4 HR, 32 RBI)
  7. DH Sawyer Carrol (.267, 18 HR, 71 RBI)
  8. LF Blake Tekotte (.285, 19 HR, 67 RBI)
  9. C Robert Kral (.275, 1 HR, 7 RBI)