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