Express Drop Third Straight at Omaha, 10-2
OMAHA, Neb. - A six-homerun day, including four in the game's first two innings, sent the Omaha Royals to a 10-2 victory over the Round Rock Express in Pacific Coast League action Sunday afternoon at Rosenblatt Stadium. The Express (22-28) suffered their third straight loss in the series, dropping their first series since losing three of four April 29-May 2 at Albuquerque. The Royals (27-21) have won seven straight.
All 12 runs in the game scored via home runs as the teams combined for eight round-trippers on the afternoon. However, the Royals out-homered the Express 6-2 and led wire-to-wire.
Omaha scored three runs on back-to-back home runs from Kila Ka'aihue and Scott Thorman in the first inning and never relinquished that lead. Ka'aihue's homer was a two-run shot. It was David Lough and Alex Gordon doing the trick in the second inning; Lough's hit a two-run homer, and Gordon followed with a solo shot.
That was more than enough run support for Omaha starter Philip Humber, who allowed one run on six hits over 6.0 innings. The lone run Humber (4-3) allowed was a solo homer to Chris Johnson in the sixth. Chris Hayes allowed only one hit in 2.0 innings of relief work, a solo homer to Drew Locke in the seventh. Bryan Bullington worked around a two-out Locke single in the ninth to close the game.
Express starter Josh Banks, who entered the game with a PCL-best 4-0 record in May, took the loss. Banks (5-4) allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk with no strikeouts over 4.0 innings. The four homers allowed by Banks were the most surrendered by a Round Rock pitcher this season.
Jai Miller's three-run homer in the fifth extended Omaha's lead to 9-0. After the solo shots by Johnson and Locke in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, Ed Lucas capped the scoring with a solo homer in the seventh.
Jason Bourgeois was 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to eight games; he has hit safely in 18 of the last 19 games. Locke (2-for-4) extended his hitting streak to eight games, his longest run of the season. Johnson (2-for-4) turned in the only other multiple-hit game for the Express.
Ka'aihue finished the day 3-for-5, while Lucas was 3-for-4. Miller and Irving Falu each had two hits.
Round Rock and Omaha conclude the four-game series Monday with a 12:05 p.m. CDT first pitch at Rosenblatt Stadium. Left-hander Polin Trinidad (2-2, 4.50 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Express, while the Royals counter with right-hander Luis Mendoza (2-3, 3.06 ERA).
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