Trinidad runs out of steam against Cubs
Round Rock pitcher surrenders 9 runs in 5 innings by Iowa
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.