Trinidad runs out of steam against Cubs

Round Rock pitcher sur­ren­ders 9 runs in 5 in­nings by Iowa

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Avery Holton

ROUND ROCK — The back of his un­der­shirt soaked through, Polin Trinidad pressed him­self deeper into the tread­mill Sun­day, let­ting out a soli­tary groan when he fi­nally stepped off the ma­chine.

If frus­tra­tion can be ex­er­cised away, Trinidad did his best to leave the last six days be­hind him with a lengthy postgame run.

The left-han­der, who was dropped from the Hous­ton Astros’ 40-man ros­ter Tues­day af­ter giv­ing up five runs to New Or­leans, yielded nine more Sun­day in his fifth straight loss as Round Rock fell 14-2 to Iowa at Dell Di­a­mond.

“I feel great right now, so it’s hard,” said Trinidad, who has al­lowed 15 earned runs over 13 in­nings (10.38 ERA) of his last three out­ings. “My fast­ball’s good, my pitches are good.

“It’s just a rough spot for me, but I’ll get through.”

Matt Kata picked up his sec­ond triple and scored in the fourth. Trinidad gave up nine runs — seven earned — on 12 hits and two strike­outs over five in­nings and Brad Thomp­son al­lowed five runs — four earned — in re­lief.

Trinidad, 25, was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment last week af­ter scat­ter­ing seven hits and three walks over four in­nings of Round Rock’s 11-9 win over New Or­leans.

Hous­ton — which had 10 days to make a move on his con­tract — kept Trinidad from missing his spot in the start­ing ro­ta­tion by as­sign­ing him to Round Rock on Satur­day with their 118th player trans­ac­tion.

Brad Sny­der, who gave the Cubs a 4-2 win in 13 in­nings Satur­day with a two-run homer to cen­ter that cleared 475 feet, got Iowa on the board in the first in­ning Sun­day with an RBI-blooper to left field.

Sny­der scored be­hind Micah Hoff­pauir an out later when Welling­ton Castillo bounced a shot to cen­ter field that skid­ded across a wet patch and over the glove of Brian Bo­gu­se­vic for a dou­ble.

Hoff­pauir launched a solo shot to cen­ter in the third in­ning and the Cubs ham­mered out five more runs on five sin­gles and two dou­bles over the fourth and fifth frames.

Note: Round Rock pitcher Ser­gio Perez (3-3, 5.80 ERA) was placed on the dis­abled list with a ribcage strain. Perez al­lowed 14 runs (10 earned) on 14 hits over his last 10 in­nings.

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