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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.
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)
Throughout the fall, we’ll take a look at the top 12 games of 2012. Today, we look at Game No. 8 on our list.
Aug. 20: at Express 2, Oklahoma City 1
In his antepenultimate start with the Express, Martin Perez delivered the best start of his professional career. The left-hander tossed his complete game and used only 97 pitches in the process. The lone run he allowed was unearned, scattering six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. It was the third of his 21 starts in which Perez did not walk a batter.
Consecutive one-out doubles from Luis Hernandez and Matt Kata in the bottom of the first gave the Express a 1-0 lead. Brandon Snyder doubled with two outs in the fifth and later scored on Julio Borbon’s double.
Oklahoma City’s lone run came in the sixth. Oklahoma City catcher Carlos Corporan squibbed a single down the third-base line. Snyder scooped the ball just in front of the bag; his attempt to get Corporan at first skipped away, allowing Corporan to reach second. Two batters later, Jimmy Paredes lined a 2-2 pitch off Perez’s leg. The ball ricocheted into shallow right-center, and Corporan scored.
Perez buckled down from there. He struck out the next batter – J.D. Martinez – on three straight pitches and induced an inning-inning pop-out from cleanup batter Matt Downs. Mike Hessman led off the seventh with a double but was stranded at third.
The RedHawks hardly made Perez work after he was hit by the comebacker. He used only 23 pitches (20 strikes) the rest of the way, retiring 11 of the game’s 13 batters. The lone Oklahoma City hit after Hessman’s double was a Downs one-out bunt single in the ninth. Perez then got consecutive pop-outs from Hessman and Matt Dominguez to end the game.
Of Perez’s 97 pitches, 71 were strikes. The outing came on the heels of a win at Reno in which he held the Pacific Coast League’s top hitting team to one run on six hits over eight innings. It was his fourth victory in a five-start span.
Perez also continued his dominance of Oklahoma City, improving to 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three starts against the RedHawks.
Round Rock snapped a three-game losing streak with the win, ending their final skid of at least three games and their lone such slump in the season’s final six weeks. The Express won their next four games, continuing a stretch in which they won 10 of 13 and 15 of 20 games.
2012 EXPRESS MEMBERS STILL IN ACTION
Several 2012 Round Rock Express members still are in action this season. The current Texas Rangers roster features eight 2012 Express members: pitchers Michael Kirkman, Roy Oswalt, Martin Perez, Tanner Scheppers and Yoshinori Tateyama, catcher Luis Martinez, infielder Brandon Snyder and outfielder Leonys Martin. Additionally, the Rangers roster includes outfielder Craig Gentry, who was an Express member last season. Other current Rangers who rehabbed with the Express this season are pitchers Alexi Ogando and Koji Uehara and infielder Mitch Moreland.
Meanwhile, Double-A Frisco is alive and well in the Texas League playoffs (more on that below). Former Express members Val Majewski, Tommy Mendonca, Guilder Rodriguez and Justin Grimm have seen action through the RoughRiders’ first two games of the playoff games. Right-hander Neil Ramirez also is on Frisco’s active roster.
ROUGHRIDERS BUILD 2-0 SERIES LEAD
Rangers Double-A affiliate Frisco is one win away from reaching the Texas League Championship Series. The RoughRiders lead their division series against Houston Astros affiliate Corpus Christi 2-0, winning both home games in dramatic fashion.
Wednesday, the RoughRiders got a one-out RBI double from Chris McGuiness that scored Leury Garcia with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Frisco edged Corpus Christi 6-5. The RoughRiders got hits from all nine starters, including former Express members Tommy Mendonca (1-for-4, run), Val Majewski (2-for-3, RBI, run, walk) and Guilder Rodriguez (1-for-3, RBI, walk). One of Majewski’s hits was a second-inning leadoff homer that tied the game 2-2. The RoughRiders plated three runs in the third to take a 5-2 lead before the Hooks posted solo spots in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to tie the game.
Frisco got another walk-off win Thursday night as Garcia blasted a two-out solo homer in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 victory. Rodriguez walked to open the ninth and moved to second on an Engel Beltre sacrifice bunt. Rodriguez then was caught trying to steal third with Garcia at the plate. Garcia, however, had the last laugh as he deposited a Ryan Rodebaugh 2-1 offering over the fence down the right-field line. Mendonca (1-for-2) and Rodriguez (0-for-2) both walked twice; Majewski scored the game-tying run as a pinch-runner in a two-run eighth. Justin Grimm worked two scoreless innings in relief for the RoughRiders, scattering a pair of hits with two strikeouts and no walks. Corpus Christi designated hitter Drew Locke, who played for the Express in 2010, was 0-for-4.
The best-of-five series now shifts to Corpus Christi’s Whataburger Field. Game three features former University of Missouri right-hander Nick Tepesch on the mound for the RoughRiders against Hooks right-hander Ross Seaton. Tepesch was 6-3 with a 4.28 ERA in 14 starts and two relief outings for Frisco during the regular season. He began the 2012 season with Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach, where he was 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 12 starts. Seaton was 8-8 with a 4.07 ERA in 25 starts for the Hooks during the regular season.
Frisco has not announced starters for the final two games of the series should they be necessary. However, projections have Neil Ramirez going in game four and right-hander Cody Buckel in the series finale. Ramirez began the season with the Express and struggled through 15 starts (6-8, 7.66 ERA) after a promising Round Rock showing in 2011. He was reassigned to Frisco in late June and went 2-5 with a 4.20 ERA in 12 starts and one relief appearance with the RoughRiders. Like Tepesch, Buckel started the season with Myrtle Beach; he was dominant with the Pelicans, going 5-3 with a 1.31 ERA and 91 strikeouts over 75.2 innings in 13 starts. Buckel was promoted to Frisco in mid-June and was 5-5 with a 3.78 ERA and 68 strikeouts over 69.0 innings in 10 starts and three relief outings with the RoughRiders.
FORMER EXPRESS MEMBERS ELSEWHERE
Pitchers Mark Hamburger and John Gaub, both of whom were Express members in 2012, completed their seasons with other Triple-A squads.
Hamburger, who was Round Rock’s pitcher of the year in 2011, was acquired by the San Diego Padres upon his mid-June release from the Rangers. However, he was not with the Padres long, going 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA in one start and four relief outings with Triple-A Tucson. Hamburger was released in mid-July and nabbed by the Houston Astros, who assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. There, Hamburger was 1-1 with a 4.71 ERA in 17 relief appearances. His lone victory was Aug. 19 at Round Rock when he worked one and one-thirds scoreless innings with one strikeout and one walk in the RedHawks’ 5-2 win.
If you blinked in late May and early June, you likely missed Gaub’s stint with the Express. The veteran lefty started the season with Triple-A Durham (Tampa Bay Rays) of the International League and was released May 20. The Rangers signed him three days later and assigned him to Round Rock, where did not record a decision or allow a run in five relief outings – the first four of which were on the road. Gaub threw 12 pitches in an Express uniform at The Dell Diamond, those coming in one perfect inning June 5 against Albuquerque. He was released shortly thereafter and acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals, who assigned him to Triple-A Memphis. Gaub spent the remainder of the season with the Redbirds, going 0-3 with one save and a 6.68 ERA in 33 relief appearances. He pitched in three games against the Express, including a scoreless inning July 13 at The Dell Diamond.
FORMER EXPRESS MEMBERS IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES
Several other former Express members currently are in the majors with organizations other than Texas. Here is a look at a couple; we’ll check in with others throughout the remainder of the season.
Luis Cruz (Express 2011) began the season with Triple-A Albuquerque (Los Angeles Dodgers) and hit .381 with eight homers, 46 RBI, 31 doubles and three triples in 74 games with the Isotopes. He was promoted to the Dodgers in early July and did not look back. His call-up was due to an injury to starting shortstop Gordon Dee. Cruz moved to third shortly after the Dodgers’ trade for Hanley Ramirez, who returned to shortstop after playing third with the Miami Marlins. (Remember all the ballyhoo surrounding his move to third when the Marlins acquired Jose Reyes in the off-season?) Cruz is hitting .306 with four homers, 30 RBI and 15 doubles in 54 games with the Dodgers. After leading Dodgers regulars with a .333 average in August, Cruz is off to an 8-for-20 start in five games this month (he had four hits Monday against San Diego). In fact, his August average tied for the National League’s seventh-best mark that month. Cruz has done most of his damage in key situations, hitting .352 with runners in scoring position.
Cody Ransom (Express 2006-2007) made it to the majors for the sixth consecutive season and the second straight with Arizona. This is his 10th big-league season with five organizations (Giants, Astros, Yankees, Phillies, Diamondbacks). Ransom started the 2012 campaign with the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate Reno Aces, hitting .294 with two homers and nine RBI in 10 games before joining the Diamondbacks, for whom he played 17 games (.269, four homers, 12 RBI). He was claimed on waivers by Milwaukee in mid-May but struggled with the Brew Crew (.196, six homers, 26 RBI in 64 games). Arizona reclaimed Ransom off waivers last weekend, and he was 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in his first game back Monday night.
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)
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)
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
25 August 2012 | The Dell Diamond | Round Rock, Texas
Records: Express (64-71), Sounds (62-73)
- Round Rock leads series 3-1
– Round Rock leads season series 8-7
– Series finale Sunday at 6:05 p.m. CDT
– Sunday’s scheduled starters: RR – LHP Zach Jackson (7-12, 4.53 ERA); NAS – RHP Wily Peralta (7-10, 4.58 ERA)
ROUND ROCK won five of six, 11 of 15 … improved to 21-10 since July 26 (PCL’s best record in that time) … won 12 of 15 vs. Nashville at The Dell Diamond since beginning of last season, 18 of 23 since beginning of 2010 season … improved to 24-19 since All-Star break … nine homers in last five games … at least one homer in five of last seven games, 11 of last 15 … 10-plus hits in 10 of last 15 games … clinched fifth series win in last eight series (split other three) … improved to 18-16 in one-run games, 11-4 since All-Star break … 28th comeback win (trailed 3-0, 5-3) … 12th final-at-bat win.
MARTIN PEREZ surrendered three first-inning runs … most runs allowed in first inning since May 25 at Nashville (four runs) … first time allowing more than two runs in any inning since June 10 at Omaha, ending a streak of 49.2 innings over six starts, one relief appearance … two-run homer surrendered to Sean Halton was first multiple-run homer allowed since June 10 at Omaha (Tony Abreu, two runs) … allowed one home run in every other outing with Express since June 10.
JULIO BORBON (1-for-5) delivered game-winning RBI with eighth-inning fielder’s choice … hit safely in 11 of last 12 games (.392, 20-for-51) … reached safely in 12 straight games … fourth player in franchise history to reach 150 hits in a season (Mark Saccomanno, 157; Tommy Manzella, 153; Esteban German, 153).
YANGERVIS SOLARTE (1-for-5) hitting .329 (20-for-61) over last 14 games.
LEONYS MARTIN (3-for-4) snapped 0-for-7 skid with first-inning single … hit safely in 23 of last 26 games with Express (.394, 43-for-109) … at least one extra-base hit in eight of last 11 games … at least one RBI in eight of last 11 games (15 RBI) … at least one run scored in 10 of last 11 games (17 runs).
BRAD NELSON (0-for-3, walk) hitless in last six at bats.
MATT KATA (3-for-3) … tied franchise records for career games (405) and multiple-hit games (114) … 11 multiple-hit outings over last 23 games … hitting .377 (20-for-53) over last 14 games.
JOEY BUTLER (2-for-4) extended hitting streak to 13 games (.345, 19-for-55) … 17th multiple-RBI effort … clubbed 18th home run of season, 30th of Express career – seventh player in franchise history with at least 30 career homers.
RYAN SPILBORGHS (1-for-4) scored game-winning run … hit safely in 12 of last 14 games (.321, 17-for-53) … hitting .462 (24-for-52) in 14 games vs. Nashville this season with three homers, 14 RBI, six doubles … hitting .418 (38-for-91) in 25 career games vs. Nashville.
BRANDON SNYDER (1-for-3) snapped 0-for-15 skid with sixth-inning single … 3-for-30 (.100) since third-inning single Aug. 15 at Reno … eight strikeouts in last 15 at bats.
KOYIE HILL (2-for-4) snapped 0-for-13 skid with fourth-inning single … first game without a strikeout with Express (nine games) … first multiple-hit effort since Aug. 20 vs. Oklahoma City.
Might As Well Be An Inch As A Mile: Express win 6-5.
Safe at Home: Ryan Spilborghs slid under Humberto Quintero’s tag at home, scoring the go-ahead run on Julio Borbon‘s fielder’s choice. Express lead 6-5 going to the ninth.
Call to the Pen: Martin Perez exits the game after seven innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts. His outing was better than the line would indicate. Perez righted the ship after a rough first inning pitched quite well other than the mistake pitch (Halton’s homer). Nonetheless, neither starter will factor in tonight’s decision. Fabio Castillo takes over on the mound for the Express, who left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh. Still 5-5 going to the eighth.
Vargas Vacates… the mound. He worked six innings and allowed five runs on nine hits, one walk and one hit batter with six strikeouts. The Express matched the most hits against Vargas this season (Oklahoma City, June 19). Jesus Sanchez takes over on the mound for the Sounds. Still 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh.
Attendance: Tonight’s attendance – much like the cost in USD for one semester of out-of-state tuition at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore., for the 2011-2012 academic year – 10,382.
Tit For Tat: Joey Butler answered in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run blast. It was his 18th homer of the season and 30th in two years with the Express. He is the seventh player in franchise history with at least 30 home runs, a list that includes teammates Matt Kata (30) and Brad Nelson (46).
High-Power Halton: Sean Halton blasted a two-run homer in the top of the fifth, giving the Sounds a 5-3 lead. It was his third homer of the series (he had two in the opener). It was the first multiple-run homer allowed by Martin Perez since June 10 when Omaha’s Tony Abreu hit a two-run shot in the sixth inning. Perez has allowed one home run every other outing since. Sounds lead 5-3 now going to the bottom of the sixth.
Mr. Express: Matt Kata‘s third-inning RBI single knotted the game 3-3. Coupled with his first-inning single, that gives Kata 114 career multiple-hit games with the Express, tying Mark Saccomanno’s franchise record. Coincidentally, Kata also tied Saccomanno’s career games played record tonight (405).
Answer: Round Rock responded with two runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning – RBI singles from Leonys Martin and Joey Butler. Martin was thrown out at third, rounding too much on Matt Kata‘s infield single. That cost the Express at least a run. Sounds starter Claudio Vargas matched his season high for most runs allowed in the first inning; he also surrendered two first-inning runs June 19 vs. Oklahoma City. Sounds lead 3-2 through one inning.
Shaky First: Martin Perez surrendered three first-inning runs – the most he’s allowed in the first inning since a four-run first May 25 at Nashville. In fact, it was the first time he allowed more than two runs in any inning since surrendering three runs in the fourth inning June 10 at Iowa – a span of 49.2 innings over six starts and one relief appearance. Sounds lead 3-0 in the bottom of the first.
First Pitch: We’re underway at 7:07 p.m. Temperature at first pitch was 90 degrees – that’s 32 degrees in Triesenberg, Liechtenstein.
MARTIN PEREZ vs. CLAUDIO VARAGS is a mound matchup worth watching. They’ve been two of the Pacific Coast League’s best starters since the All-Star break. Martin is 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA in four starts and one relief outings, while Vargas is 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA in eight starts.
JOEY BUTLER is riding a 12-game hitting streak. It’s his third streak of at least 10 games this season.
MATT KATA plays his 405th game in an Express uniform tonight, tying Mark Saccomanno’s franchise record (Triple-A era). Kata also needs one multiple-hit outing to match Saccomanno’s franchise mark (114) in that category, as well.
20 August 2012 | The Dell Diamond | Round Rock, Texas
Records: Express (60-70), RedHawks (68-61)
- Oklahoma City leads series 2-1
– Oklahoma City leads season series 7-4
– Game 3 of series Monday at 7:05 p.m. CDT
– Monday’s scheduled starters: RR – LHP Martin Perez (6-6, 4.66 ERA); OKC – LHP Brett Oberholtzer (5-5, 5.29 ERA)
ROUND ROCK snapped three-game losing streak … first three-game skid since July 19-21 … scored 10 runs in last four games after scoring at least nine runs in franchise-record five straight games … held to five or fewer runs in seven straight home games … snapped three-game losing streak at The Dell Diamond.
MARTIN PEREZ second career complete game (June 21 vs. Iowa) … improved to 3-0 in three starts vs. Oklahoma City (1.23 ERA) … won second straight start … won four of last five decisions with Express … first win at The Dell Diamond since June 21 vs. Iowa … lone run scored on comebacker that ricocheted off his leg into right-center field … retired 11 of next 13 batters to close the game … used 23 pitches (20 strikes) against those final 13 batters … worked around leadoff doubles without allowing in the fifth and seventh innings … lone hit allowed after Mike Hessman’s leadoff double in the seventh was Matt Downs’ one-out bunt single in the ninth … 97 pitches, 71 strikes … 23/32 first-pitch strikes, including each of last eight and 10 of last 11 … one 3-0 count (single) … two full counts (0-for-2) … batters were 0-for-7 with three strikeouts when falling behind 0-2 … allowed two runs (one earned) in 17.0 innings over last two starts … surrendered two or fewer runs in six of last seven outings with Express (six starts).
JULIO BORBON (1-for-4) seven-game hitting streak (.467, 14-for-30) … snapped streak of five straight multiple-hit games.
LUIS HERNANDEZ (1-for-4) pushed hitting streak to 16 games (.446, 33-for-74) … extended streak with first-inning, two-out double … tied for fifth-longest streak in Express history (tied for third-longest this season).
MATT KATA (2-for-3, walk) snapped 2-for-21 skid at The Dell Diamond … 112th career multiple-hit game with Express – two shy of Mark Saccomanno’s franchise record.
BRAD NELSON (1-for-4) hit safely in 18 of 21 home games since All-Star break (.392, 29-for-74).
JOEY BUTLER (1-for-4) nine-game hitting streak (.325, 13-for-40) … hit safely in 15 of last 17 games (22-for-70).
YANGERVIS SOLARTE (1-for-3) snapped 0-for-13 skid with sixth-inning single … was longest hitless stretch of season by three games … avoided first three-game hitless skid of season.
ALBERTO GONZALEZ (0-for-1) ejected by first-base umpire after expressing displeasure with check-swing call on third strike (bottom of second inning).
RYAN SPILBORGHS (0-for-2) second hitless outing in last 10 games … replaced Gonzalez in lineup.
BRANDON SNYDER (1-for-3) snapped two-game hitless skid … reached safely in 14 of 15 games with Express, including each of last 11 games.
KOYIE HILL (2-for-3) hit safely in four of five games with Express.
Job Complete: Martin Perez tossed his second complete game, giving the Express a 2-1 win.
Rub Some Dirt On It: Martin Perez took a comebacker off the leg with one out in the sixth inning. The result was an RBI single for Jimmy Paredes, cutting Round Rock’s lead to 2-1. Perez stayed in the game and has been nearly perfect since, retiring eight of nine batters on 16 pitches. He used five pitches in the seventh and six pitches in the eighth. Express still lead 2-1 going to the bottom of the eighth.
So Much For a Night Off: Alberto Gonzalez was ejected by first-base umpire Joel Hospodka after expressing displeasure with Hospodka’s ruling of his check swing on a third strike. Ryan Spilborghs has replaced Gonzalez in the lineup, playing left field. Brandon Snyder moves from left field to third base.
Sweet 16: Luis Hernandez ripped a one-out double in the bottom of the first, extending his hitting streak to 16 games. That ties for the fifth-longest in Express history (Triple-A era); Ryan Spilborghs also had a 16-game streak earlier this season. Matt Kata followed with a double of his own, giving the Express a 1-0 lead after one inning.
First Pitch: Underway at 7:06 p.m.
19 August 2012 | The Dell Diamond | Round Rock, Texas
Records: Express (59-70), RedHawks (68-60)
- Oklahoma City leads series 2-0
– Oklahoma City leads season series 7-3
– Game 3 of series Monday at 7:05 p.m. CDT
– Monday’s scheduled starters: RR – LHP Martin Perez (6-6, 4.66 ERA); OKC – LHP Brett Oberholtzer (5-5, 5.29 ERA)
ROUND ROCK lost three straight games for first time since July 19-21 … scored eight runs total in last three games after scoring nine-plus runs in franchise-record five straight games … held to five or fewer runs in six straight home games.
JUSTIN GRIMM fell to 0-2 at The Dell Diamond … dropped to 2-3 against Astros organization this season (1-0 vs. Houston, 0-1 vs. Oklahoma City, 1-2 vs. Corpus Christi) … allowed four-plus runs in third straight start … lowest walk total (one) since not walked a batter July 19 at Nashville.
JULIO BORBON (2-for-3, walk) six-game hitting streak (.500, 13-for-26) … fifth straight multiple-hit game … 14th multiple-hit outing in last 24 games … clubbed ninth home run, matching career minor-league total entering season (264 games) … first homer since July 29 at Memphis … first homer at The Dell Diamond since June 16 vs. Oklahoma City.
LUIS HERNANDEZ (1-for-5) pushed hitting streak to 15 games (.457, 32-for-70) … extended streak with ninth-inning, two-out double.
MATT KATA (0-for-4) dropped to 2-for-21 over last seven home games.
BRAD NELSON (2-for-5) hit safely in 17 of 20 home games since All-Star break (.400, 28-for-70).
JOEY BUTLER (1-for-3, walk) eight-game hitting streak (.333, 12-for-36) … hit safely in 14 of last 16 games (21-for-66) … snapped 12-game streak with at least one strikeout, eight-game streak with at least two strikeouts … first game without a strikeout since Aug. 5 vs. Las Vegas.
RYAN SPILBORGHS (2-for-4) hit safely in eight of last nine games … second multiple-hit effort in last 17 games.
YANGERVIS SOLARTE (0-for-4) hitless in consecutive games for first time since July 23-24.
BRANDON SNYDER (0-for-2, two walks) second hitless outing in last nine games.
KOYIE HILL (1-for-3) hit safely in three of four games with Express.