RedHawks pound Loux, Ex­press

Round Rock has lost 11 of last 15 head­ing into break

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Avery Holton AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN COR­RE­SPON­DENT

ROUND ROCK — Some­where in the air be­tween Austin and Phoenix, Shane Loux hopes he can start let­ting go.

Ok­la­homa City bat­ted around on the 30-year-old Ex­press right-han­der in the first in­ning of Round Rock’s 15-2 loss Sun­day, crank­ing out seven runs — five of them earned — on seven hits and a walk to cap a less-than-lu­mi­nous first half for the Loux and the team.

Loux, who picked up his 800th mi­nor league strike­out, has al­lowed 17 runs over 14 in­nings (10.93 ERA) of his last three starts.

“Curve balls, fast balls, what­ever I threw, they hit,” said Loux, who tossed 41 pitches and picked up a pair of outs be­fore turn­ing the ball over to the bullpen. “I’ve been through a rough stint here, so hope­fully I can just get back home to Phoenix and not think about any­thing for two or three days.”

The Ex­press has dropped 11 of its last 15 games and en­ters this week’s All-Star break 15 games be­low .500. The team takes on Al­bu­querque for four games be­fore re­turn­ing home July 19 to face New Or­leans.

Wladimir Su­til con­tin­ued to ad­just to Triple-A, col­lect­ing three hits to go along with a sin­gle and a dou­ble from Brian Bo­gu­se­vic.

Loux be­gan his 10th start of the sea­son by fan­ning Craig Gen­try, but then la­bored against 10 more bat­ters in an out­ing he ranked as the sec­ond-worst of his 14-year ca­reer.

The Bal­ti­more Ori­oles bat­tered him for seven runs on seven hits in his 16th ap­pear­ance with the Los An­ge­les An­gels last year.

“That was a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent,” Loux said. “That’s the big leagues. Ev­ery­one can hit there.”

With one down in the first, the RedHawks scored on Jar­rod Saltalamacchia’s screamer to left field that bounded in and out of the glove of Collin DeLome. Five sin­gles, a dou­ble and a passed ball opened up a seven-run deficit.

Round Rock’s bullpen didn’t fare much bet­ter. Polin Trinidad, Brad Thomp­son and Roy Cor­co­ran com­bined to give up eight earned runs.

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