Ex­press fail to fol­low through, lose again

Mem­phis strikes out Round Rock bat­ters at key times

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Michael Sher­field AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN COR­RE­SPON­DENT

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.”

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