Round Rock Express Even Series at Oklahoma City, 8-3April 27, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Round Rock Express
All nine Express starters hit safely, five of whom turned in multiple-hit efforts. Solarte pushed his hitting streak to nine games; he is hitting .447 (17-for-38) during the streak. Joey Butler, whose 15-game hitting streak was snapped in Thursday night's series opener, was 1-for-4 and has not been held hitless in consecutive games since April 17-18, 2011. Luis Hernandez added three hits, and Brad Nelson scored three times. Julio Borbon had two RBI.
Oklahoma City plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, but the Express rallied for a three-run fourth and never trailed again. Martinez tripled home Borbon with the go-ahead runs. All three runs scored with two outs. Round Rock added a pair of runs in the fifth thanks to a Solarte RBI single and Borbon's bases-loaded walk.
Express starter Martin Perez (2-2) picked up the win, allowing three runs on four hits and no walks over six innings with four strikeouts. Perez retired 13 consecutive batters from the last out of the first inning until Carlos Corporan's leadoff homer in the sixth. Mark Hamburger struck out three over two perfect innings, and Tanner Scheppers worked around a one-out single and a wild pitch for a scoreless ninth; he struck out two.
RedHawks starter Aneury Rodriguez (1-3) surrendered three runs on eight hits and a walk over three and one-third innings and was saddled with the loss; he struck out five.
The Express tacked on insurance runs in the final two innings. Tommy Mendonca clubbed his second home run of the season, a solo shot with one out in the eighth, and Solarte drilled a two-run homer with one out in the ninth.
Angel Sanchez had two of Oklahoma City's five hits. The RedHawks had only three at bats with runners in scoring position.
Round Rock and Oklahoma City continue their four-game series Saturday with a 7:05 p.m. CDT first pitch at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Right-hander Neil Ramirez (2-1, 2.14 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Express, while right-hander Paul Clements (1-1, 1.59 ERA) is slated to go for the RedHawks.
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