Su­til drives in ty­ing run, scores the game-win­ner

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Avery Holton

ROUND ROCK — Less than a month ago, Wladimir Su­til was strug­gling just to keep his chin up. He won’t have any such trou­ble to­day.

Af­ter scratch­ing out six hits in his first 46 Triple-A at-bats, the Ex­press in­fielder is break­ing out of his slump. Su­til hit a game-ty­ing sin­gle and scored the win­ning run on Matt Kata’s sin­gle in the ninth in­ning Mon­day, in a 6-5 win over Iowa.

The win marked the first time in 49 op­por­tu­ni­ties Round Rock has come from be­hind when tri­al­ing af­ter the sev­enth in­ning.

“You try to do too much and you get down,” said Su­til, 25, who joined Round Rock on June 17 af­ter hit­ting .268 for Dou­ble-A Cor­pus Christi. “I’m just in a bet­ter spot to help the team now. I was ner­vous and anx­ious at the plate when I first got called up.”

Su­til, hit­ting .305 in July, has reached base safely in 15 of his last 17 games.

Le­an­dro Ce­s­pedes made a spot start for Round Rock, al­low­ing five runs on eight hits, three walks and a strike­out over six in­nings of his first Triple-A out­ing of the year. The 22-year-old ap­peared in 12 games for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007 and the San Diego Padres in 2008. Hous­ton signed him to a mi­nor league con­tract in Jan­uary.

Ce­s­pedes left trail­ing 5-3, but Drew Locke pulled the Ex­press within a run in the eighth in­ning, with his 11th homer of the sea­son. Oswaldo Navarro led off the bot­tom of the ninth with a pinch dou­ble, Su­til sin­gled and Brian Bo­gu­se­vic walked, push­ing Su­til to sec­ond be­fore Kata’s hop­per through the left side gave Su­til just enough time to beat a throw home.

Note: Aside from adding Ce­s­pedes and Hous­ton re­liever Jeff Fulchino (re­hab), Round Rock made two other player moves Mon­day. Pitcher T.J. Bur­ton (2-3, 5.52 ERA) was sent to Dou­ble-A and Casey Daigle (1-1, 4.28) was added to the in­ac­tive list.

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