DeLome, feeling better at home, propels Express
Outfielder one of 3 Round Rock batters with 2 hits to back Wright’s pitching
ROUND ROCK — Collin DeLome sat alone at his locker Wednesday, a hunk of ice bandaged around his left arm and a smile curling across his face.
Six days after returning from the disabled list after a devastating play at the plate dislodged his shoulder back in May, the Express outfielder from Beaumont cranked out two hits for the second straight night to help the home team to a 7-2 win over Memphis.
“I felt a little uncomfortable earlier in the week,” said DeLome, who was 2 for 17 in his first four games back. “Since we’ve been back home, I’ve felt a little more comfortable. I’ve watched some film of what I was doing before I got hurt to see some of the little things I need to get back to in my approach.
“The last few nights I’ve really been able to take my swing from the cages to the field.”
DeLome, who’s lifted his batting average 16 points to .254 over the past two games, picked up his 10th double and 22nd RBI.
Express starting pitcher Wesley Wright earned his fourth straight victory, allowing one run on four hits, two walks and over six innings. He struck out four.
DeLome and two of his teammates rapped out two hits each as Round Rock drilled 13 hits in the team’s second victory in 10 games.
Wright worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sec- ond inning and gave up a run after plunking Kevin Howard to start the fourth.
The Express took over after that, clipping away at Redbirds right-hander Brandon Dickson, who was voted to the PCL All-Star roster last month. The 25-year-old, undrafted out of Tusculum College, had not allowed more than three earned runs in a start since May 14 before Wednesday — a span of nine starts.
He yielded a pair of hits and struck out three over the first four frames, and got Ramon Vazquez to pop out to start the bottom of the fifth. But Drew Locke bashed his 21st double to left, Wladimir Sutil walked and Edwin Bellorin — added over the weekend in a trade between Round Rock parent club Houston and the Kansas City Royals — knotted the score with a double off the wall in left-center.
Wright followed up with a bunt single to score Sutil before DeLome roped an RBI double to right to make it 3-1. Brian Bogusevic’s RBI single padded the lead with two outs.
The Houston Astros named right-handed pitcher Josh Banks, outfielder Drew Locke and catcher Jason Castro, now with Houston, organizational Players of the Month for Round Rock on Wednesday.
Banks went 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA over four June starts. Locke batted .317 with 10 doubles and 15 RBI. Castro caught 13 runners stealing before joining the Astros on June 22.