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 Sugar Land Space Cowboys

Blubaugh Brilliant, But Express Win 2-1

May 22, 2024 - Pacific Coast League (PCL)
Sugar Land Space Cowboys News Release

SUGAR LAND, TX - The Sugar Land Space Cowboys (30-17) took a scoreless game to the ninth, but dropped the second game of the series against the Round Rock Express (26-20) 2-1 on Wednesday night at Constellation Field

It was a true pitcher's duel between Sugar Land's RHP AJ Blubaugh and Round Rock's RHP Jack Leiter with both hurling 5.0 shutout innings. Both starters allowed four baserunners each. In the top of the third, after a single from Dustin Harris, Blubaugh made a quick turn to first to pick-off Harris and get the second out of the inning. The righty closed his night out by retiring the final six batters he faced.

RHP Shawn Dubin, RHP Ray Gaither and RHP Logan VanWey continued Blubaugh's brilliance and hurled scoreless frames of their own. When RHP Alex Speas (1-1) took over the ninth, back-to-back singles put runners on the corners for Sam Huff, who lined a ball just above second baseman Shay Whitcomb's reach to bounce into the outfield, scoring Davis Wendzel. Later in the inning, another bloop hit from Blaine Crim with the bases loaded scored the second run of the night for the Express.

In the bottom of the ninth, facing a 2-0 deficit, Cooper Hummel launched a 369-foot home run over the Space Cowboys bullpen to bring Sugar Land within one, but RHP Daniel Robert (W, 2-0) slammed the door shut for the final two outs to give the Express the win Wednesday night.

The Space Cowboys will take on their alternate identity of the "Dulces de Sugar Land," and continue their series against the division-rival Round Rock Express Thursday night. Sugar Land's starter LHP Colton Gordon (2-0, 4.15) will take the mound against Round Rock's RHP Johnny Cueto (0-0, 0.00) for a 6:35 pm CT first pitch. The game can be heard on ESPN 92.5 FM or online here and seen on MiLB.TV, MLB.TV or Bally Live.

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