Express fail to follow through, lose again
Memphis strikes out Round Rock batters at key times
ROUND ROCK — It was over in the first inning.
As Brian Bogusevic, Tommy Everidge and Drew Locke took turns striking out with runners on second and third, and then with bases loaded, the Express offense followed them into the dugout and didn’t return the rest of the night in a 2-1 loss in front of 12,278 at the Dell Diamond. It was the second largest crowd of the year and seventh largest ever.
“We swung through a lot of fastballs,” Round Rock manager Marc Bombard said. “That’s it in a nutshell.”
Wladimir Sutil and Luis Maza seemed to have Round Rock poised for a perfect response after Memphis had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
It could have been far worse for the Express, but starter Sergio Perez found his composure and escaped a basesloaded, no-out jam.
Memphis’ Lance Lynn matched him. After Maza’s double put two runners in scoring position, the heart of the Express offense failed three times to make contact. Locke struck out to end the inning with the bases loaded after Matt Kata walked.
The Redbirds, who scored four runs in the ninth inning the night before to steal a 76 win, scratched out another run off a wild pitch in the second inning. It was all the offense Memphis would need.
Collin DeLome blasted a solo home run in reply for the Express, his first in more than a month after a long sting on the disabled list following a collision at home plate in a walk-off win over Reno May 23.
But that was one of just three hits and seven base runners the Express mustered in one of their weakest offensive showings of the year.
It was the fewest hits Round Rock has put together since getting only two at Iowa on June 15.
After blowing the game Saturday night, the Round Rock bullpen kept it close on Sun- day, but in the end only managed to secure the team’s 23rd loss by one run this year.
“You’re in close games, and you’d like to get some base runners and make it interesting,” Bombard said. “You’ve got to win some.”