Round Rock Express I-35 Rivalry Series logo

There’s a new title on the line! The Round Rock Express, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, and San Antonio Missions, Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, will be vying for the coveted “traffic cone trophy” during the I-35 Rivalry Series.

Round Rock and San Antonio kick off their 16-game season series in the Alamo City with a four-game set from Friday, May 3 – Monday, May 6. The Missions make their first trip to Round Rock as a Triple-A club for another four-game series from Tuesday, May 21 – Friday, May 24. The final two meetings between the rivals are set for Tuesday, June 25 – Friday, June 28 in San Antonio and Monday, August 26 – Thursday, August 29 in Round Rock.

As part of Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión campaign, the Round Rock Chupacabras and San Antonio Flying Chanclas will meet three times during the 2019 I-35 Rivalry Series. The first Chupacabras vs. Flying Chanclas matchup is set for Cinco de Mayo in San Antonio. Dell Diamond will host the two club’s alternate identities on May 24 before the final “Chupas vs. Chanclas” meeting on June 27 in the Alamo City.

Round Rock and San Antonio competed in a knock-down, drag-out rivalry while both clubs were members of the Double-A Texas League from 2000-2004, up until the Express joined the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in 2005. With the Missions joining the ranks of Triple-A in 2019, the two teams are bringing back their original rivalry series.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome our friends in San Antonio to the Triple-A level, and we’re looking forward to renewing our rivalry with the Missions in 2019,” Express President Chris Almendarez said. “Central Texas is home to the best baseball fans around and with a pair of very competitive clubs in our backyard, we can’t wait for a fun and exciting I-35 Rivalry Series for years to come.”

Round Rock and San Antonio will be battling for a custom, four-foot tall trophy featuring a construction-grade orange traffic cone. The Brandiose-designed logo for the I-35 Rivalry Series features Round Rock’s “Spike” and San Antonio’s “Ballapeno” mascots facing off for the coveted traffic cone.

“The San Antonio Missions and Round Rock Express had a great rivalry at the beginning of the century that included many intense Texas League battles and we are thrilled to be able to renew this rivalry,” Missions President Burl Yarbrough said. “The short distance between the two teams is unlike any other two teams in the Pacific Coast League. I know our two passionate fan bases will really enjoy watching their favorite teams compete in the I-35 Rivalry Series.”

Only 115 miles separate Dell Diamond in Round Rock and Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium in San Antonio, by far the shortest distance between any two teams in the Pacific Coast League.

For more information on the Express, visit RRExpress.com or call (512) 255-2255. Keep up with the Express on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and join the conversation during the historic 20th season using #20STROng.

Round Rock Express I-35 Rivalry Series

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