DeLome, feel­ing bet­ter at home, pro­pels Ex­press

Out­fielder one of 3 Round Rock bat­ters with 2 hits to back Wright’s pitch­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Avery Holton

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.

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