Maysonet’s ef­fort not enough as Ex­press al­low 10 Cubs runs

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By David Robb

ROUND ROCK — Ed­win Maysonet has twice been side­lined by ham­string in­juries this sea­son, but the Round Rock Ex­press in­fielder has shown some per­se­ver­ance.

In eight games since the All-Star break, he is hit­ting .400 with three dou­bles, eight RBIs and six runs. With two hits — in­clud­ing a run-scor­ing sin­gle — on Fri­day night at Dell Di­a­mond, Maysonet was one of the lone bright spots for the Ex­press, whose three-game win­ning streak was snapped in a 10-2 loss to the Iowa Cubs.

Maysonet has hit safely in six of his last eight games and has com­mit­ted only one er­ror in 176 chances at short­stop. Show­ing his ver­sa­til­ity, Maysonet started at third base Fri­day and made a div­ing stop in the sec­ond in­ning to rob Cubs third base­man Mar­quez Smith of a hit. That same in­ning, Ex­press cen­ter fielder Yor­dany Ramirez made his sec­ond div­ing catch in as many nights.

While Ex­press starter Shane Loux (2-9) re­ceived plenty of sup­port from his de­fense, he got lit­tle from an of­fense that put up 34 runs in the pre­vi­ous three games. Loux scat­tered eight hits and four runs through six in­nings but lost his eighth con­sec­u­tive start, strand­ing run­ners at sec­ond and third in both the third and fifth in­nings. The Cubs clob­bered the Round Rock bullpen for six runs on nine hits.

Cubs starter J.R. Mathes (86), who en­tered the week­end with a 5.19 ERA, limited the Ex­press to five hits through 62⁄ in­nings. With the Cubs lead­ing 4-0 in the sev­enth, Maysonet sin­gled home Tommy Everidge and scored on a wild pitch.

The Cubs will be with­out man­ager Ryne Sandberg all week­end. Sandberg is in Coop­er­stown, N.Y., for this week­end’s Hall of Fame in­duc­tion cer­e­monies. A Hall of Famer since 2005, Sandberg has expressed in­ter­est in suc­ceed­ing Chicago Cubs man­ager Lou Piniella, who will re­tire at the end of the 2010 sea­son.

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