Express Can\\"T Hold Late Lead in 6-5 Loss to Dodgers

May 9, 2017 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Round Rock Express

News Release

ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Round Rock Express (13-19) appeared to be on their way toward snapping out of their current funk, but the Oklahoma City Dodgers (16-14) managed to plate three runs in the top of the seventh inning to complete a 6-5 comeback win.

Express reliever RHP Jaye Chapman (2-1, 3.86) suffered the loss after giving up all three OKC runs in the seventh inning. Dodgers RHP Joe Broussard (1-0, 0.00) earned the win after holding the E-Train to just two hits in 1.1 innings of work. Round Rock starter RHP Anthony Bass gave up three runs on six hits in four innings. He struck out five in the no-decision.

Oklahoma City broke a scoreless tie in the third inning. 2B Darnell Sweeney laced a one-out double to left field. After a wild pitch moved Sweeney to third, DH Willie Calhoun singled to put the Dodgers on the board. In the fourth, RF Alex Verdugo reached on a fielding error by 1B Ronald Guzman before 3B Drew Maggi followed up with a double to put two runners in scoring position for C Bobby Wilson. The former Texas Ranger delivered with a double to extend the lead to 3-0.

Round Rock 2B Josh Wilson responded to the early deficit with one swing of the bat in the fourth inning. DH A.J. Jimenez doubled, Guzman walked, then CF Jared Hoying singled to load the bases with no outs. Wilson stepped to the plate and lined a bases-clearing double to left field, leveling the game at 3-3.

The Express took their first lead of the series in the sixth inning. Hoying doubled before Wilson followed up with a single. During the play, Sweeney inadvertently kicked the ground ball for an error, allowing Hoying enough time to score the go-ahead run. LF Travis Snider followed up with a single that scored Wilson from second to give Round Rock a 5-3 edge.

However, the visitors grabbed the lead right back in the next inning. After Sweeney worked a leadoff walk, Calhoun singled. In the next at-bat, Chapman threw a pickoff attempt into center field, allowing both baserunners to advance 90 feet closer to home. The miscue proved to be costly as 1B Max Muncy drove home Calhoun with a groundout.

The inning continued as LF O'Koyea Dickson walked then CF Trayce Thompson drove home Calhoun with a single. With LHP Jimmy Reyes on in relief, Maggi gave OKC the lead once again with an RBI single. The E-Train couldn't mount a comeback as the team never pushed a runner past first base in the last three frames.

Round Rock will bid farewell to Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. Express RHP Allen Webster (1-2, 7.71) is set to toe the rubber opposite Dodgers RHP Wilmer Font (2-2, 5.16). First pitch at Dell Diamond is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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