RedHawks pound Loux, Express
Round Rock has lost 11 of last 15 heading into break
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.