Express fall short and Loux loses fifth straight
ROUND ROCK — The Round Rock Express snapped a seven-game losing skid Monday, so Shane Loux figured he’d follow up with a little damage control of his own.
Searching for his first win in nearly a month, the former Detroit Tigers second-round draft choice was instead saddled with his fifth consecutive loss Tuesday after allowing five runs on 10 hits over 61⁄ in
3 nings in a 5-4 loss to Memphis at Dell Diamond.
“Seems like every time I go out right now, I’m pitching well and one or two innings are doing me in,” said Loux.
Infielder Edwin Maysonet, who came off the disabled list (hamstring) Tuesday, walked and doubled in a run in the seventh in his first game since June 14.
In the eighth, Round Rock loaded the bases with no outs. After Brian Esposito lined out to left, Wladimir Sutil roped an RBI single. Collin DeLome’s sacrifice fly pulled the Express to within one, but Maysonet flew out to right.
Round Rock has dropped 24 one-run games this season.
“That figure can be a little misleading” said Express manager Marc Bombard. “You look at tonight and it seems close, but we were down pretty much from the get-go. Sometimes it’s the other way around.”
Five Memphis pitchers had 13 strikeouts — the most against Round Rock this year.
The Redbirds scratched out the first run after Mike Folli’s single. P.J. Walters, who fanned nine over six innings for his second win, laid down a sacrifice bunt and Jim Rapoport doubled Folli in.
Rapoport advanced on Ruben Gotay’s infield single and made it 2-0 on a slow roller past the pitcher’s mound.
Kevin Howard’s first triple of the year pushed two more Redbirds across in the sixth, widening the lead to 4-1.
Note: Express pitcher Josh Banks was added to the PCL All-Star roster, replacing outfielder Brian Bogusevic, who will miss the game for a minor surgical procedure.