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Round Rock Steamrolls Nashville in 11-2 Victory

April 17, 2019 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Round Rock Express News Release

NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The Round Rock Express (8-5) topped the Nashville Sounds (5-8) by a lopsided final score of 11-2 in game one-of-three on their first trip to Music City. Eight E-Train batters notched at least one hit while holding the Sounds without a 1-2-3 inning in the contest.

Express starter RHP Brady Rodgers (1-0, 1.50) earned the win after letting up only two runs on three hits while striking out four in seven innings of work. Opposite of Rodgers, Nashville LHP Wes Benjamin (0-2, 7.11) suffered the loss after surrendering five runs on eight hits, including two home runs, and two walks in five innings pitched. Every Sounds pitcher allowed at least one run in the E-Train's victory. --LHP Jarret Martin surrendered two runs on one hit, and the final Sounds reliever RHP Tim Dillard allowed four runs on five hits in just two innings pitched.

The Express started things off in a grand fashion as the first three batters, SS Myles Straw, CF Derek Fisher and LF Taylor Jones reached base on singles before LF Yordan Alvarez blasted a grand slam into left center field. 2B Alex De Goti played long ball in the fourth inning, plating his third solo home run of the year to give Round Rock a 5-0 advantage.

Nashville's first of a two-run of the night came in the fifth inning when 3B Andy Ibanez got things started with a leadoff double. 2B Nolan Fontana followed with a fly ball to the deepest part of First Tennessee Park that advanced Ibanez, but called the batter was called out as RF Kyle Tucker made the catch. A Hunter Cole groundout would send Ibanez home to cut Nashville's deficit to 5-1.

Round Rock followed with a two-run sixth inning. C Jamie Ritchie worked a walk to reach base and advance to second on De Goti's single. Straw put the pair in scoring position after reaching base on a fielder's choice. The catcher eventually scored on a wild pitch by Martin while De Goti moved, and LF Taylor Jones grounded out to widen the gap to 7-1. Sounds. Sounds 1B Matt Davidson fired back with a home run that would prove to be Nashville's final run of the evening.

The E-Train muted the Sounds in the final two innings as they racked up four more runs of their own. Straw singled on a line drive to right field and advanced when Fisher and Jones were consecutively struck by pitches. Next up, Alvarez grounded out to short stop, but notched his fifth RBI of the night when Straw raced home on the play. In Straw's sixth at-bat, he doubled to drive home Ritchie, who had previously singled, and advance De Goti to third after an ensuing base hit. Fisher kept the ball rolling with a single that scored De Goti, and Jones capped off the E-Train victory with a sacrifice fly to plate straw.

Round Rock continues their series against Nashville Wednesday night with a 6:35 scheduled first pitch. Express RHP Akeem Bostick (1-0, 3.86) is slated to face Sounds RHP Richelson Pena (1-1, 2.25) in the rematch.

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