Round Rock Express
What started as a pitcher’s duel turned into a seven-run seventh inning as the Round Rock Express (78-70) defeated the Sugar Land Space Cowboys (72-74) by a score of 6-4 in the final series of the 2022 Pacific Coast League season.
Express starting pitcher Kolby Allard and Space Cowboy starter Misael Tamarez combined for 14 strikeouts before each pitcher exited in the 5th inning. Allard’s only mistake was a long ball to Scott Manea, and Tamarez allowed a run on a wild pitch, each in the 4th inning. Neither pitcher saw a decision for their work.
Mother nature and the Sugar Land Space Cowboys (61-68) rained on the Round Rock Express’s parade (72-59), defeating the home team by a final score of 7-to-2. Round Rock entered the game having won 10 of the last 12 games, and hoping to close on the OKC Dodgers for possession of the PCL East Division lead.
Sugar Land took a 2-0 lead with two out in the second inning on Pedro Leon’s 403-foot solo home run to left field. Marty Costes extended the inning with a double and scored on a single from Alex De Goti.
The Round Rock Express held the Sugar Space Cowboys scoreless as they took the open game by a final score of 4-to-0. A total of five Round Rock pitchers held Sugar Land to two hits.
Express reliever Daniel Robert (3-3) earned the win, throwing two hitless innings with two strikeouts. Space Cowboys reliever Nick Hernandez (4-5) endured the loss, allowing all four Round Rock runs to score on three hits and one walk during in one inning of work.
The Round Rock Express inducted pitcher Kirk Saarloos to their Hall of Fame on Friday, September 9, 2022, at Dell Diamond in Round Rock Texas.
Although his time with the Round Rock Express was brief, Kirk Saarloos left a lasting legacy on the team’s record books. In 2002, the 22-year-old righty pitched to a 10-1 record with a 1.40 ERA in 13 starts with the Express, striking out 82 while walking only 21. To this day, he still owns the lowest career ERA in Round Rock Express franchise history among pitchers who threw at least 50.0 innings with the club.
Sandro Fabian’s two-run homer lifted the Round Rock Express (69-57) over the division leading Oklahoma City Dodgers (72-54) by a final score of 2-to-0. The game was called for rain after 6.2 innings.
Fabian’s 404-foot launch came in the second inning, scoring Sam Huff. Huff reached base on a walk.
The Round Rock Express and the El Paso Chihuahuas played a game of cat-and-mouse for nine innings. But the Chihuahuas proved the more-clever, winning 2-to-1 in ten innings.
El Paso opened the scoring with a first inning solo home run by Eguy Roario. Round Rock evened the score when Josh Sale, Davis Wendzel and Nick Tanielu combined consecutive singles, with Tanielu notching the Express’s only RBI of the game.
Josh Jung, in his first home appearance this season, led the Round Rock Express (60-52) to a 9-to-4 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (61-20). The Express picked-up one game in PCL East as they chase the Chihuahuas for second place.
Jung was explosive, going 3-for-5 with 2 home runs for 6 RBIs and 2 runs. Nick Solak and Diosbel Arias each notched 3 hits, including home runs, for a total of 3 RBIs.
The Round Rock Express (50-45), hoping to bounce back from a 5-1 loss to the Sacramento River Cats (42-53), blew an 8-run lead to fall, again, by a score of 10-to-8.
The Express leveraged a massive 7-run second inning rally to take the early lead. The Express sent 11 batters to the plated, but, ironically, generated only 4 hits; Sacramento placed 3 runners on base with walks, and one with a hit batsman.
The Round Rock Express (50-44) fell to the Sacramento River (41-53) by a final score of 5-to-1. The loss ended Round Rock’s four-game winning streak, and came on the heels of a three-game sweep of the Las Vegas Aviators.
Round Rock starter Cole Winn (6-2) endured the loss, allowing three runs on six hits, four walks and three strikeouts in 2.1 innings. Sacramento Tristan Beck (4-6) earned the win, allowing one run allowed (unearned), on three hits and four strikeouts in six innings of work.
The Round Rock Express amassed 13 hits and 8 runs to defeat the Las Vegas Aviators in the opening game of their three-game series. Round Rock’s entire starting lineup collected hits in the contest.
Steele Walker led the team offensively, going 3-for-5 with a home run. Diosbel Arias and Ryan Dorow each tallied 2 hits, Arias with a double and Dorow with an RBI.
The Albuquerque Isotopes (38-43) reclaimed some dignity and took the third game of their series against the Round Rock Express (43-38) by a score of 5-2. The Express lead the 6-game series 2 games to 1.
Isotope starting pitcher Riley Smith (W, 3-3) enjoyed the win. Smith gave-up 2 runs on 6 hits, striking-out 3 batters and walking 1, in 6 innings of work.
The Round Rock Express (43-37) claimed the second game of the series over the Albuquerque Isotopes (37-43) by a final score of 13-3.
The Express generated 15 hits to over-power the Isotopes’ pitching staff. Starting pitcher Ashton Goudeau (L, 0-3) was tagged for 8 of those hits, accounting for 8 runs (7 earned), in 3 innings. Albuquerque sent a total of five pitchers to the rubber, with the strongest effort coming from Nick Kennedy. Kennedy held the Express scoreless in 2 innings, striking out one batter.
Round Rock Express (39-36) held the Las Vegas Aviators (42-32) to a single hit as they won by a final score of 3-0.
Round Rock starting pitcher Spencer Howard (W, 3-2) carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before yielding a single to Drew Jackson. Howard allowed no runs on 1 hit, walking 1 and striking-out 11 batters in 7 innings, decreasing his ERA from 4.35 to 3.69.
Pitching and hitting came together as the Round Rock Express (38-36) handily defeated the Las Vegas Aviators (42-31) by a score of 10-to-1.
Round Rock starter Cole Winn (W, 5-0) pitched 6.2 solid innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits. Winn struck-out 8 batters and walked 2.
Las Vegas starting pitcher Parker Dunshee suffered the loss. Dunshee gave-up 9 runs on 9 hits in 3 innings, striking-out 1 batter and walking another.
The Round Rock Express (35-31) claimed the final game of their series against the Sugar Land Space Cowboys (28-38) by a score of 8-to-3. The Express took the final two games of the series, but the Space Cowboys took the series 4-to-2.
Express starting pitcher Spencer Howard (W, 1-2) earned the win, holding the Cowboys to 1 run on 3 hits in 5 innings of work. Howard struck out 9 batters without a walk.
Round Rock Express (33-30) pitcher Cole Ragans made his Triple-A debut with an impressive start, building a 3-2 lead before retiring in the 7th inning. Sugar Land Space Cowboys (27-36) then rallied in the 2-remaining innings for a 3-4 victory.
Ragans allowed two runs on six hits, allowing no walks, and striking-out eight batters for no-decision. Demarcus Evans (BS, 2) was assigned the blown save and Jonathan Hernandez the loss (L, 0-2).
The Round Rock Express (33-27) lost to the Sugar Land Space Cowboys (25-36) in the first inning of their contest, plating 6 runs in what appeared to be an extended batting practice. The remainder of the game was a test of how the Express responded to adversity. Round Rock passed the test, but lost to Sugar Land by a final score of 6-3.
Sugar Land relief pitcher Chad Donato (W, 3-3) earned the win, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 1 hit in 5 innings of work. The win was the first for Sugar Land in their last 8 appearances against Round Rock.
The Round Rock Express (30-20) defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers (29-21) by a score of 4-0 for the team’s first shutout of the year.
Round Rock starting pitcher Spencer Howard threw 5 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing 4 hits while striking out 4, for no decision. Reliever Josh Sborz (W, 1-1) earned the win, tossing 2 innings of scoreless baseball. He struck out three and walked one while allowing one hit.
May was looking oh so good for the Round Rock Express. The team was 15-10 in the month of May. Then came the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
The Dodgers blanked the Express, winning by a final score of 8-0. The shutout was the second by OKC against Round Rock this month. The Express have lost 5 of the last 7 contests against the Dodgers.
The Round Rock Express (25-15) spotted the El Paso Chihuahuas (21-19) 3 runs in the first 3 innings, but fought back to win by a score of 8-to-3.
Round Rock starting pitcher Spencer Howard scattered 6 hits for 3 runs in 4 innings pitched for no decision. Jason Bahr was awarded the win for 3 innings of scoreless relief. Bahr allowed 1 hit, walked 1 batter and struck-out 2.
The Round Rock Express (20-13) suffered their greatest loss in memory as they fell 19-0 to the Oklahoma City Dodgers (20-13). The shutout was only the second against the Express this season.
OKC starting pitcher Yefry Ramirez (W, 2-0) was spectacular on the mound, allowing just 3 hits in a complete game. Ramirez walked 1 batter and struck-out 8.
The Round Rock Express (20-11) continued their winning ways with a 13-to-7 victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers (18-13). Round Rock has won 6 of the last 8 games in the month of May.
Five Express players had 2-hit nights, led by Nash Knight with a home run and 4 RBIs. Josh Smith and Willie Calhoun each tallied 3 RBIs. Zach McKinstry led the Dodgers offensively, going 3-for-5 with a RBI, and Miguel Vargas with a 3-run home run.
Jhonathan Diaz (W, 2-0) threw a 1-hit shutout to lead the Salt Lake Bees (10-11) over the Round Rock Express (14-7) by a score of 2-0. Diaz struck-out 7 and didn’t allow a walk in 8 innings. Zach Weiss (W, 1) retired the side in the ninth inning.
David MacKinnon accounted for all the Salt Lake scoring with solo home runs int the 4th inning, against Jake Latz, and in the 6th inning, against Jason Bahr.
What a different team.
Two weeks ago, I, as well as most fans, questioned the ability of this team. Since the disappointing start to the season, in which the team lost the first three games, the team has gone on to assemble 13 wins against 3 losses.
Tonight, the team showed poise and maturity beyond its age. After losing their starting pitcher to a line-drive to the leg, and after allowing 3 runs, this young team first rally to tie, then defeat, the Salt Lake Bees.
Are these guys real?
The Round Rock Express won their seventh consecutive game in a row defeating the Albuquerque Isotopes by a score of 6-to-1. The Express have now won 9 out of the last 10 game.
The Express were led by !B Matt Carpenter with a home run, a triple, a single, a pick-off at first, and an expert demonstration of paddleball of a foul tip off his foot. Carpenter batted-in 3 of Round Rock’s 6 runs.
The Round Rock Express (9-4) return to Dell Diamond a new team, having since won 9 of the last 10 game after dropping their first three games of the season. Round Rock’s 3-2 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (5-8) extends their winning streak to five games.
A.J. Alexy looked solid starting on the mound, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, striking out 7 in 5 innings. The win went to reliever Ryder Ryan (W, 1-1) who gave up 1 run on 2 hits in 2 innings. Jesus Tinoco earned the save.
The Round Rock Express’ (0-3) worries continued as they lost to the El Paso Chihuahuas (3-0) by a score of 8-to-7. The Express have lost the first three games of the season to the Chihuahuas by a combined scored of 27-to-10.
Thankfully, 7 of the Express’s 10 runs came in today’s loss.
Several red flags have been raised in these first three days, and at the top of the list is pitching.
The Round Rock Express disappointed fans, and embarassed themselves, as they fell 13-1 in their home opener to El Paso Chihuahuas. The Express showed all the signs of team waking up from a long winter’s nap with 2 errors, a passed ball, and a balk.
Expectations were high for the Express’ season opener. Media began arriving at 3:30am for the on-location morning news shows, continuing through to the 6:00pm evening news broadcasts. And the Express front office was eager to a full season of high-quality baseball.
The Round Rock Express closed out the 2021 home season in style, with Fan Appreciation Night and a win 7-2 win against the Tacoma Rainiers. The final home game of the season was something of an anomaly for the Express. The Express performed better on the road than at home for the entire 2021 season. While playing at Dell Diamond, the Express had a losing record of 30-35, but on the road the team bested their opponents 37-27.
What started as an indifferent performance for the Round Rock Express (62-58) ended in a massive comeback. The Express stared-down a six-run deficient to finish with a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (73-48). Round Rock’s first six innings of play lacked so much energy that local fans began rooting for Tacoma.
Rehabbing Major League made their presence felt as the Sugar Land Skeeters topped the Round Rock Express by a score of 4-2. Jason Castro and Taylor Jones of Houston Astros each drove in a run and drew a total of 5 walks for the Skeeters, while Andy Ibanez of the Texas Rangers launched a 2-run home run for the Express.
The Round Rock Express (45-50), led by Elier Hernandez’s two-run home run, came from behind to defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas (39-55) by a score of 3-2. The Express spilt the 6-game series with the win. The game was a confidence builder for Express starting pitcher Yerry Rodriguez, who entered the game with an 0-2 record and a 16.03 ERA.
What started as a pitcher’s duel ended as a rout as the Round Rock Express fell to the El Paso Chihuahuas. El Paso (38-52) put up 5 runs in the final 2 innings to defeated Round Rock (42-49) by a score of 6-to-1. Round Rock starting pitcher A.J. Alexy threw for 5 solid innings before yielding the mound to Hyeon-Jong Yang. Alexy allowed no runs, scatting 3 hits, striking out 3 while walking 1 batter.
The Oklahoma City Dodgers took the final game of their series to the Round Rock Express by a score of 7-3, taking the series 4 games to 2. Dodger pitcher Andre Jackson (1-0) earned the win in his first Triple-A game. Jackson allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in 5 innings of work, while striking out 3 and walking 2 batters. Express starting pitcher Wes Benjamin suffered the loss, allowing 7 runs on 10 hits in 5 innings. Benjamin struck out 4 and walked 3 batters.
The Round Rock Express (36-37) brought home the positive mojo generated while on the road and defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers (37-36) by a score of 3-to-1. Long balls by Delino DeShields (5) and Yohel Pozo (18) accounted for two the Express’ runs. The Dodger’s Carlos Asuaje opened the scoring with a solo home run to right center field in the second inning.
The Express (28-31) failed to find their bats, again, as they fell to the cellar-dwelling Albuquerque Isotopes (23-35) by a score of 4-to-2. After hitting 69 home runs during May (42) and June (27), Round Rock has totaled only three over eleven games in July. And the team seen the victor’s side of the game only twice in the last ten attempts.
The Round Rock Express (28-27), playing as the Chupacabras, defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes (19-35), playing as the Mariachis de Nuevo México, by a score of 7-6 in a rain-shortened contest. The rebranding of the teams is part of Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión campaign, a nationwide initiative to celebrate the culture and values of Hispanic and Latino communities.
The Round Rock Express’ (27-26) offensive woes continue as they dropped their fourth in five games to the Sugar Land Skeeters (30-22) by a score of 9-3. The Express are averaging 5.4 run per game season-to-date, but are producing less than half that (2.6 runs per game) in the last ten contests. Both teams came out hot after a 30-minute wet grounds delay.
The Oklahoma City Dodgers batted the order in the eighth inning to score five runs and ultimately defeat the Round Rock Express by a score of 7-2. The game was tied 2-all going into the eighth inning, with all runs coming from solo home runs. Round Rock opened the scoring with a blast by Leody Taveras over the left center field in the first innings.
The Round Rock Express (23-15) nearly overcame a 4-run deficient but fell short, losing the Oklahoma City Dodgers (18-20) by a score of 8-7. The Express plated a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, with a runner in scoring position, when their rally ended. The Express’ Curtis Terry became just the third player in the club’s history to hit for the cycle (single, double, triple and home run). Terry scored 3 times and drove in 2 runs.
The El Paso Chihuahuas (12-16) took advantage of inconsistent Round Rock Express (19-10) starting pitcher Drew Anderson and put up three early runs. The Chihuahuas ultimately defeated the Express by a score of 4-2. Anderson (L, 3-2) suffered the lost, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits in 4 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 6 batters. The Express sent four relief pitchers to the mound to salvage the effort.
Yohel Pozo led the Round Rock Express with two, two-run homer runs to defeat the El Paso Chihuahuas. Pozo’s double-double came on the eve of his nuptials. Pozo’s first four-bagger came in the second inning with Curtis Terry on base. Terry lined a single to left field and advanced to second base on a wild pitch by El Paso pitcher Evan Miller.
The Round Rock Express (8-3) pulled ahead of their division rivals, the Sugar Land Skeeters (7-4), by taking the second game of their double header by a score of 5-to-4. The Express rallied in the bottom of the final inning with a two-run walk-off home run by Yohel Pozo. Round Rock opened the scoring with a lead-off home run by Delino DeShields. The Express added to their lead in the third inning with Jason Martin’s home run blast to right.
The Round Rock Express (7-3) evened their series with the Sugar Land Skeeters (7-3) with a decisive 6-4 victory. The Express and Skeeters are tied for first place in the MiLB Triple A East Division. Ex press starting pitcher Brock Burke found trouble early, allowing the Skeeters’ Bryan De La Cruz a single on the first pitch of the game.
The Sugar Land Skeeters (6-1) defeated the Round Rock Express (5-2) in the first meeting of old acquittances. The Skeeters were the Express when the team was affiliated with the Houston Astros. The Express are now aligned with the Texas Rangers. Final score was 10-4. The Skeeters established the tone of the game by putting up 9 runs in their first two at-bats.
The Round Rock Express (4-1) lost their first game of the nascent season to the Oklahoma City Dodgers (1-4) by a score of 6-8. Former Express pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-0) earned the win for the Dodgers, allowing but a single run in 5 innings pitched. Express starting pitcher Brock Burke got into trouble early, allowing a lead-off single to Omar Esteves, then loading the bases with walks to Rangel Ravelo and Zach Reks.
The sky was ablaze with fireworks, both during the Round Rock Express’ season opening game and the post-game pyro technique celebration. The Express (2-0) amassed 13 hits, including fire home runs, to trounce the Oklahoma City Dodgers (0-2) by a score of 15-6. The Express’ offensive exhibition began in the first inning.
Hopefully for the last time, ever, the Texas Rangers closed out their Alternate Training Site exhibition schedule against the Houston Astros. The Astros held the Rangers to a single hit and won by a score of 6-1. The Rangers close the exhibition season with an overall record of 7-6-1, going 5-3-1 against the Astros.
The Kansas City Royals bounced back to take the second game of their series against the Texas Rangers in Alternate Training Site exhibition play by a final score of 6-1. Royals starting pitcher Ronald Bolanos earned the win, holding the Rangers scoreless in five innings pitched and allowing just 2 hits.
The Texas Rangers put up six unanswered runs to come from behind and topple the Kansas City Royals, 6-5, in an Alternate Training Site exhibition game. The Royals jumped to a 2-0 in the first inning. Kyle Isbel led off with a walk, followed by consecutive singles by Lucius Fox and Edward Olivares, scoring a run.
The Texas Rangers’ offensive juggernaut rolled over the Houston Astros to win the final game in their Alternate Training Site series. The Rangers muster 11 hits, 4 doubles and a home run in route to the 8-4 victory. Texas opened the scoring in their half of the first inning on an RBI single by Anderson Tejeda.
Texas Rangers left fielder Carl Chester rocketed a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for an 8-5 victory over the Houston Astros in an Alternate Training Site (ATS) exhibition game. The Rangers jumped to an early 5-0 lead. Curtis Terry connected for a home run with Diosbel Arias on-base in the second inning.
The Texas Rangers bounced-back to take the second game of their series against the Houston Astros with a 4-1 win in Alternate Training Site exhibition play. The Rangers opened the scoring in the fifth inning with a two-on home run by third baseman Anderson Tejeda.
Professional baseball returned to the Dell Diamond, for the first time since September 13, 2019, in the form of a Major League Baseball Alternate Training Site (ATS) game. Today’s game pitted the ATS roster of the Texas Rangers against the Houston Astros, with the Astros winning 3-0.
Area Sports Suspended to Abate COVID-19, March 12, 2020
Professional and collegiate sports ground to a halt as the nation attempts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is a summary of what is affected locally: American Hockey League (Texas Stars) – remainder of season cancelled. Circuit of the Americas – MotoGP postponed, IndyCar Classic <more>
2020 Round Rock Express Calendar, January 1, 2020
2019 marked the reunion of the Houston Astros and the Round Rock Express. The Express became the AAA affiliate of the Astros in a five-year arrangement. The team won the division with a record of 84-56. The Rookie. Head coach Mickey Storey coached his first year of AAA baseball with the <more>
Express Take 2-0 Lead in PCL Semifinals, September 5, 2019
The Round Rock Express edged the Iowa Cubs by a 4-3 score in extra innings for the second straight game. The Express came from behind to score four unanswered runs after the Cubs jumped to an early 3-0 lead. Round Rock takes a commanding 2-0 led in the American Conference Championship. <more>
Express Take PCL Semifinal Opener in Dramatic Style, September 4, 2019
The Round Rock Express won game one of the Pacific Coast League American Conference Championship against the Iowa Cubs by a score of 5-2. Round Rock answered Iowa 2 runs top of the eleventh inning with 3 runs in the bottom. Third baseman Nick Tanielun got things started offensively <more>
Missions Play Spoilers in Lopsided Win, August 28, 2019
The San Antonio Missions (79-56) defeated the Round Rock Express (81-54) by a score of 14-to-8 in the third of a four game series that will decide the Pacific Coast League American South division champion. The Express had taken the first two games in the series. San Antonio jumped <more>
Express Take Critical First Game Against Missions, August 26, 2019
The Round Rock Express (80-53) defeated the San Antonio Missions by a score of 6-0 in the first of a four games series that will determine the winner of the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division. The Express now lead the division by two games over the Missions. <more>
New Orleans Avoids Series Sweep Against Round Rock, August 25, 2019
The New Orleans Baby Cakes (69-61) avoided a series sweep by taking the final game in their series against the Round Rock Express (79-53). The final score was Baby Cakes 2, Express 1. Round Rock designated hitter Lorenzo Quintana gave the Express an early lead with a solo home run over the left field wall. <more>
Dodgers Top Express to Avoid Sweep, August 18, 2019
The Oklahoma City Dodgers claimed the final game of their four-game series against the Round Express in a wild battle. The Dodgers averted a series sweep with the 14-to-11 victory. Express starting pitcher Carson LaRue (0-4) bore the lost. The game was LaRue’s first after returning from the Injury List. <more>
Express Control over Dodgers Continues, August 15, 2019
The Round Rock Express (73-48) defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers (57-64) by a score of 5-to-3, taking a 8 games to 5 lead in the series this season. The Express extended their lead over the San Antonio Mission to one and one-half games in the American Southern Conference <more>
Valdez Leads Express over River Cats, August 5, 2019
Starting pitcher Framber Valdez (3-2) led the Round Rock Express (68-45) over Sacramento Rivercats (61-53) with six solid innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 8 batters. Valdez is averaging 1.6 strikeouts per inning on the season. The Express won by a final score of 6-3. <more>
Express Even Series Against River Cats, August 4, 2019
Round Rock Express (67-45) starting pitcher Rogelio Armenteros (5-6) statistically earned the win against the Sacramento River Cats (61-52), allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and striking out 4 batters in 6 innings. But from an on-field perspective he tossed an uneven game, falling behind the batters <more>
Express Comes from Behind to Overwhelm Grizzlies, August 1, 2019
The Round Rock Express (65-44) scored 14 straight runs to defeat the Fresno Grizzlies (53-57) by a score of 15-7. The Express started shaky, falling behind 6-1 after two and one-half innings. Starting Round Rock pitcher Carson LaRue gave up 4 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 3, struck out 2, and <more>
Express Shut-out Grizzlies for Second Straight, July 31, 2019
For the second straight night, the Round Rock Express (64-44) held the Fresno Grizzlies (53-56) scoreless, winning 6-0. Express starting pitcher Ken Emanuel (6-1) continued to impress, scattering 4 hits and striking out 6 batters in 5 scoreless innings to earn the victory. Relief pitchers Ralph Garza and <more>
Storm Chasers Best Express in Rubber Match, July 25, 2019
he Omaha Storm Chasers (48-56) bested the Round Rock Express (59-43) by a score of 2-1 in the tightly fought contest. The Storm Chasers took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. A single by Erick Mejia after a leadoff double by Samir Duenez produced the games first run. Omaha added to their lead <more>
Round Rock Blanks Omaha, July 24, 2019
Starting pitcher Kent Emanuel (5-1) led the Round Rock Express (59-43) to victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (47-56) by scattering 3 hits over 7 scoreless innings. Emanuel struck out 5 and walked 1 batter in route to the 3-0 win. Emanuel retired the batters quickly; averaging only 11 pitches <more>
Redbirds Take Express in Series Finale, July 18, 2019
The Memphis Redbirds (39-59) defeated the Round Rock Express (57-41) by a score of 10-5. The win gave the Redbirds a split in the four-game series. The game was give-and-take game through the four innings with the Express taking a slight 4-3 edge. Memphis exploded in the fifth inning with 4 runs, <more>
Express Come from Behind to Top Redbirds, July 17, 2019
The Round Rock Express (57-40) overcame a 7 run deficient to defeat the Memphis Redbirds (38-59), 11-8, at Dell Diamond. This game resembled last Thursday’s game against the Iowa Cubs when Kent Emanuel (4-1) relieved Express starting pitcher Akeem Bostick to carry the team to victory. <more>
Express Win in Walk-off, July 14, 2019
The Iowa Cubs (53-41) rallied in the top of the ninth inning to tie the Round Rock Express (55-39) only to lose to a three-run walk-off home run from the bat of Josh Rojas. The game was a back-and-forth affair, with the Express taking the lead and the Cubs tying the score. Round Rock started the scoring <more>
Express Walk Home a Win over Cubs, July 11, 2019
Shaky pitching opened the game for Round Rock Express (53-38) and closed it for the Iowa Cubs (52-39). But ultimately four walks and a passed balled in the eighth inning have the Express a 6-4 win. Express starting pitcher Akeem Bostick opened the game walking leadoff hitter Donnie Dewees on four pitches. <more>
Express Celebrate July 3rd with Fireworks, July 3, 2019
Tempers flared and bats exploded as the Round Rock Express (51-34) over-came a seven run deficient to defeat the Omaha Storm Chasers (38-47) in ten innings. The game began on a down-note when a Taylor Jones line drive up the middle hit Omaha starting pitcher Foster Griffin in the upper left leg, <more>
Tucker’s Grand Slam Lifts Express, June 30, 2019
The Round Rock Express (48-34) rebounded in the second game of their series with the Omaha Storm Chasers (38-45), winning 7-6. The Express were led by Kyle Tuckers grand slam home run. The Storm Chasers jumped to an early lead with Ryan O’Hearn’s double to center field, driving in Erick Mejia <more>
Rainiers Shut Down Express, June 18, 2019
The Tacoma Rainiers (34-38) defeated the Round Rock Express (42-29) on the backs of stellar pitching by Sean Nolin and an inside-the-park home run by Robert Perez. Final score was Tacoma 3, Round Rock 1. Perez’s homer came in the fourth inning on what should have been a routine single. <more>
Stassi Lifts Express over Rainiers, June 16, 2019
Rehabbing Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi, on assignment to the Round Rock Express (42-27), led the team with two hits, including a home run, and 3 RBIs to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers (32-38). The final score was Round Rock 6, Tacoma 3. The Express took early control of the game. <more>
Altuve-mania Hits Dell Diamond, June 14, 2019
Fans and media swarmed Dell Diamond after the Houston Astros announcement that All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve was assigned to the Round Rock Express for a rehabilitation. This level of anticipation had not been seen since 2016 when pitcher Yu Darvish did a rehab assignment for the Texas Rangers. <more>
Express Top Aces in Slugfest, June 13, 2019
What started as a one-side game for the home team, turned into a two-way slug and a top of the ninth inning rally. The Round Rock Express (40-26) ultimate prevailed against the Reno Aces (28-38) by a score of 10-8. The pre-game buzz was the assignment of Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi to the Express for <more>
Whitley’s Struggles Continue, Missions over Express, May 23, 2019
The Round Rock Express and their starting pitcher Forrest Whitley struggled against the San Antonio Missions Thursday night, giving up 7 runs in first three innings. Whitley (0-3) entered the season as the Astros’ up-and-coming wunderkind, but the right-handed pitcher has been challenged <more>
Sneed Flirts with Perfect Game, May 22, 2019
Round Rock Express pitcher Cy Sneed’s season hasn’t been what he expected. Last season with the Fresno Grizzlies, the Astros’ AAA affiliate, Sneed earned a respectable 10-6 record with a 3.8 ERA. This season with the Express, the Astros’ new AAA affiliate, Sneed had yet to find his groove with a 1-5 record <more>
Alvarez Leads Express Over Sounds, May 16, 2019
A well-rested Round Rock Express (25-14) overwhelmed the visiting Nashville Sounds by a score of 10-4 on the opening night of a five games series at Dell Diamond. Yordan Alvarez went 3-for-5 on the evening with 6 RBIs and 3 runs on 2 home runs and a double. The Express’ offensive machine <more>
Express Over Dodgers in Record Setter, May 13, 2019
The Round Rock Express (24-13), led by a first ever home plate steal by Kyle Tucker, defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers (11-25) on Monday night a Dell Diamond. The win was Round Rock’s sixth consecutive. Second baseman Jack Mayfield started the scoring for the Express with a first inning solo home run. <more>
Explosive Start puts Express over Dodgers, May 12, 2019
t was over shortly after it began. A three run home run in the bottom of the first inning by designated hitter Yordan Alvarez cinched a 4-2 victory for the Round Rock Express (23-13) over the Oklahoma City Dodgers (11-24) at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock Texas. A double by leadoff hitter Alex De Goti, <more>
Baby Cakes’ Ace Quiets Express, April 28, 2019
New Orleans Baby Cakes’ (13-10) starting pitcher Zac Gallen entered today’s game against the Round Rock Express (13-10) as arguably the hottest pitcher in the Pacific Coast League (PCL). While the Express managed to slightly tarnish Gallen’s statistics, they still suffered from a one-sided 9-2 loss to <more>
Express Shutout Baby Cakes, April 25, 2019
The Round Rock Express (12-8) shutout their division rivals, the New Orleans Baby Cakes (11-9), by a score of 2-0 to rebound from a deflating extra-innings loss the prior night. Starting Express pitcher Corbin Martin (1-1) pitched 5 solid innings, shutting out the Baby Cakes and earning the win. <more>
Express Fall with a Thump to Redbirds, April 15, 2019
The Round Rock Express (7-5) fell to the Memphis Redbirds (5-7) 10-2 in a rare Monday morning start at the Dell Diamond. The teams split the series two wins apiece. The Express took an early 1-0 lead on a Jack Mayfield home run to left field in the first inning. Unfortunately, the lead was short-lived. <more>
Express Kick-off 20th Home Season, April 9, 2019
The Round Rock Express began their historic 20th anniversary season with an old-meets-new backdrop. The new is this year’s Express, the new Pacific Coast League (PCL) AAA affiliate of the Houston Astros. The old was last year’s PCL affiliate for the Texas Rangers, the former Round Rock Express, <more>
Round Rock Express Commemorative Calendar Narratives, September 24, 2018
Round Rock Express catcher Brett Nicholas once said Dell Diamond was the thirty-first best place to play baseball in America. There are thirty major league baseball teams, thus making the Round Rock Express the best place to play in minor leagues. The team’s games are consistently <more>
Round Rock Express Become Houston Astros Triple-A Affiliate, September 20, 2018
The Round Rock Express team announced before a crowd of 700 season ticket holder that they would again become the AAA affiliate of the Houston Astros. The four-year agreement was announced and new branding was presented at an event at the Dell Diamond on Thursday. “This is an incredible town,” <more>
Express Near Season Close Playing Best Ball, August 28, 2018
Tuesday’s game against the Memphis Redbirds (80-53) was one of the best played by the Round Rock Express (61-72) at home. Starting pitcher Yohander Mendez (0-7) was on course to his first win of the season. And the Express’s offense consistently pressured the Redbirds pitching, <more>
Round Rock Express over New Orleans Baby Cakes: Fireworks from Heineman, Rowley and Wood, August 26, 2018
Frustration could have gotten the better of them, but the Round Rock Express kept it in check, knowing the season was nearly over and there was very little on the line. The Express are nine games below 0.500 (61-70), with a better record on the road (33-33) then at home (26-39). <more>
Express Notch First Shutout of Season, August 24, 2018
The Round Rock Express (58-69) claimed their first shutout win of 2018 over the Nashville Sounds (67-60) on Tuesday. The win comes on the heels of a disappointing road trip in which the Express dropped 6 of 11 games. Sadly, the 2-0 win comes with only 13 games left in the season. <more>
Aces Shut Down Express, July 29, 2018
The Reno Aces shutout the Round Rock Express to win their third consecutive game in the four game series. The Aces posted 8 runs with 17 hits in route to the victory. The Express mustered only two hits and have been out-scored 16 to 1 by the Aces in the series. Starting Express pitcher Michael Roth had <more>
Round Rock Express Jump on Tacoma Rainiers, July 24, 2018
The Round Rock Express had an explosive first inning against the Tacoma Rainiers, scoring four runs in route to a 7-2 win. Drew Robinson started with a game leadoff home run. Newcomer Franklin Rollin followed with double, and advanced to third base on a Cliff Pennington single. Andy Ibanez’s single <more>
Dodgers Thrash Express, July 15, 2018
The Round Rock Express (44-49) were pummeled by the Oklahoma City Dodgers (49-40), winning 11-1 on Sunday evening at Dell Diamond. Round Rock’s lack of runs is perplexing. Four players in the lineup (Carlos Perez, Hanser Alberto, Willie Calhoun and Andy Heineman) have batting averages <more>
All Star Break Doesn’t Cool Express Bats, July 12, 2018
The four-day All Star break did not diminish the Express’s appetite for Oklahoma City pitching. Before the break the Express disassembled the Dodgers 18-8. Tonight the Express (43-46) took-on again the Oklahoma City Dodgers (46-39) and won by a more respectful score of 8-4. <more>
Long Balls Hurt Express, July 1, 2018
As a general rule, you don’t give up five home runs and win the game. Sunday night was no exception as the Round Rock Express (37-44) took on the Colorado Spring Sky Sox (45-35) in their second of five games. The Sky Sox’s Nate Orf gave the fans two souvenirs, along with individual game balls <more>
Express Win 7-in-a-Row, Sweep Storm Chasers, June 28, 2018
The Round Rock Express (37-42) extended their winning to seven in a row and swept the Omaha Storm Chasers (36-42) in their final meeting at Dell Diamond. Round Rock’s Christian Lopes and Tommy Joseph each had two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs. Eight Express batters got on base with <more>
Hitting, Pitching Comes Together: Express over Storm Chasers, June 25, 2018
The win-at-home challenged Round Rock Express (33-43 overall, 13-23 at home) extended their road trip mojo in their first game against the Omaha Storm Chasers (35-39). The Express previously took 3 of 4 games in a short series against Nashville. Drew Robinson continued to show himself <more>
Pitching Fades Late: Grizzlies over Express, June 17, 2018
We may have gotten a glimpse of the 2018 / 2019 Round Rock Express as they took on the Fresno Grizzlies. Not because the current Express roster may carryover until next season, but because the Houston Astros may transfer its Player Development Contract from Fresno to Round Rock. <more>
Late Rally Wins It for Express, June 14, 2018
Something has changed about the Round Rock Express. The starting pitcher didn’t crater early. The relief pitchers didn’t melt down. The batters hung tough. And the team didn’t checkout when down late in the game. That’s what happened last night as the Round Rock Express (29-36) took on <more>
Nashville Edges by Round Rock, June 3, 2018
The Round Rock Dance Halls (aka Express) took on the Nashville Honky Tonks (aka Sounds) in the final game of their five-game series. The Dance Halls had taken three of the first four games. This game was a team pitching effort. Nashville sent five pitchers to the mound and Round Rock six. <more>
Dance Halls out Honky Tonk Nashville, May 30, 2018
When good pitching meets solid hitting the team usually wins. That combination has been missing for most of the Round Rock Express games this season. But Wednesday night the Round Rock Dance Halls (21-31), aka the Express, took on the Nashville Dance Halls (26-24), aka the Sounds, and <more>
Smaller Mistakes Sink Express, May 23, 2018
No one disputes that the Round Rock Express (19-27), and their parent club, the Texas Rangers, are struggling. Tonight the Express took on the Iowa Cubs (15-28), the worst team in the Pacific Coast League and lost, again. Pitching and mistakes have been the Express bane. Tonight was no different. <more>
Defense Dooms Express, May 21, 2018
Two errors on the same play, four errors in game and a balk are mistakes seen in high school baseball. But this was the Round Rock Express (18-26) when they took on the Iowa Cubs (14-27) on Monday evening. The Cubs started the scoring in the top of the third inning. Lane Adams singled on a line drive <more>
Express Bullpen Disappoints Again, May 10, 2018
The bullpen has proven troublesome this season for the Round Rock Express. But on Thursday that problem belonged to the Round Rock Chupacabras, Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversion alter ego of the Express. Literally translated, chupacabras means”goat-sucker” in Spanish, <more>
Loose Pitching Undermines Express, May 7, 2018
Expectations were high for the Round Express (11-19) as they took on the Iowa Cubs (7-21) with the addition of two-time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum. The Cubs had the worse winning record in AAA Minor League baseball. Iowa started strong with a first inning leadoff single by Mike Freeman. <more>
Lincecum Gives Up Glove, Two Runs in Return, May 7, 2018
Two-time Cy Young award winner and three-time World Series Champion, Tim Lincecum, found the road to recovery may take just a little longer. Lincecum, appearing for the first time in 20 months, gave up a walk, a wild pitch, his glove in mid-delivery, and two runs, all in 15 pitches. The lean, lanky right-hander <more>
Cubs Club Express, May 6, 2018
The Iowa Cubs (6-21) took on the Round Rock Express (11-19) for the third game in the four game series Sunday afternoon. The teams split the first two games. Duane Underwood (0-3 in 5 starts) took the mound for the Cubs and the Yovani Gallardo (0-0 in 3 starts) for the Express. The game was <more>
Express Top SkySox: Improved with Room for More, April 23, 2018
The maligned Round Rock Express (5-13) showed there is optimism on the season as they took on the Colorado Spring Sky Sox (12-5) in the final game of the series. Since opening day the Express have promoted two players to the Rangers (Ronald Guzman, Isiah Kiner-Falefa), traded one player <more>
Express on the Cusp of Breakout, April 17, 2018
The Round Rock Express’ season-to-date performance has been a disappointment. But the 3-and-9 Express showed promise Tuesday night as they took on the 9-and-1 Oklahoma City Dodgers. They were within a whisker of breaking out on multiple occasions. With one out in the third inning, <more>
Express Notch First Win of Season, April 9, 2018
The Round Rock Express earned their first win of the 2018 season in the final game of their series against the Memphis RedBirds. The RedBirds had bettered the Express in the first four games. Memphis began the scoring with a solo home run in the top of the second inning by Carson Kelly. <more>
Express Media Day means Baseball around the Corner, April 3, 2018
Spring is in the air. Baseball is just around the corner. But first before any of that can begin we first have the 2018 Round Rock Express Media Day. Media Day is annual event where local media visits with the players, coaches and management of the Round Rock Express. The Express are the AAA Affiliate <more>
Express Close Season with Masterful Pitching, September 4, 2017
The Round Rock Express (66-72) said goodbye to disappointing year with a 6-1 victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers (72-69) on Labor Day. Express starting pitcher Adrian Sampson (1-0, 0.90) was brilliant in the win, pitching just three balls in five innings and allowing just one run. The Express seemed hard-press <more>
Strong Pitching puts Express over Sky Sox, August 30, 2017
Pitching has been the cause of much disappointment this season for the Round Rock Express. But a strong outing by Adrian Sampson, and solid relief by Dario Alvarez and Tyler Wagner, put the Express over the Colorado Spring Sky Sox 2 – 1. Sampson, in his first start for the Express, scattered <more>
Blackburn puts Express past Storm Chasers, August 22, 2017
Baseball the way baseball was to be played. That was the Round Rock Express on Tuesdaynight… strong pitching and strategic hitting… as they topped Omaha Storm Chasers 2 – 1. Express pitcher Clayton Blackburn allowed just one run on four hits in six innings to earn the win. Willie Calhoun put <more>
Express Delivers Coach Woods 500th Career Victory, August 4, 2017
Round Rock Express manager Jason Wood achieved his 500th career coaching victory on Thursday night as the Express topped the Albuquerque Isotopes 6 - 1. Express pitcher Tyler Wagner led the effort, holding Albuquerque to one run on two hits in 6.1 innings of work. The Express took the lead <more>
Express over El Paso in Dramatic Fashion, July 31, 2017
The Round Rock Express lost a 5-1 lead but pulled out a dramatic two-out rally in the 11th inning to secure a 7-6 win over El Paso. A. J. Jimenez started the scoring for the Express in the 4th inning with a homer run to left center field. Pete Kozma followed with a single, and advanced on 2nd base on a wild pitch <more>
Luis Marte marks return to the Express, July 18, 2017
You have to love the eagerness and enthusiasm of the new players, especially the ones that have just moved up in the organization. No better player to represent those words is Luis Marte. Luis started the season playing AAA baseball with the Express, but was dropped down to AA ball <more>
Round Rock over Colorado Spring before All Star Break, July 9, 2017
The Round Rock Express (41-49) powered their way to an 8-4 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (55-34) on Sunday night at Dell Diamond in the lead-up to the PCL All Star break. Round Rock put up four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Drew Stubbs began the scoring with a home run (8) to right field. <more>
Late Rally Falls Short, July 5, 2017
Express catcher A.J. Jimenez went 3-4 with two RBIs and a triple short of the cycle, but the Express fell short in a late inning rally. The Memphis Redbirds (53-32) won 6-4 over the Round Rock Express (39-47) on Wednesday night at Dell Diamond. Ryan Rua started the Express scoring with a home run <more>
Ledbetter Impresses, leads Express over Iowa, June 22, 2017
A solid first start by just-promoted pitcher David Ledbetter, combined with two home runs by Will Middlebrooks, pushed the Round Rock Express (35-38) over the Iowa Cubs (31-42) by a final score of 4-1. Ledbetter pitched five and one-third innings, allowing five hits, one earned run and two base on balls. <more>
Round Rock drops lead late to Memphis, June 19, 2017
Memphis started the scoring with in two runs in the third inning. The Express bounced back with home runs in the fourth by Ronald Guzman (6) and in the fifth by A. J. Jimenez (2) to tie the game. Round Rock took the lead in the sixth inning on a single by A. J. Jimenez to score Will Middlebrooks and Drew Stubbs. <more>
New Orleans stop Round Rock Sweep, June 4, 2017
The New Orleans Baby Cakes (19-36) avoided a series sweep with a 7-1 win over the Round Rock Express (27-30) on Sunday afternoon. Express starting pitcher Anthony Bass suffered the loss, allowing five runs, on five hits in innings of work. Round Rock was held to just three hits on the afternoon. <more>
Jackalopes come from behind vs. Baby Cakes, June 1, 2017
The Round Rock Jackalopes (25-29) completed a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over the New Orleans Baby Cakes (18-34) on Thursday evening at the Dell Diamond. Jackanapes was a “what could have been” team name that Round Rock was playing under for a charity auction. Alas, Baby Cakes is the <more>
Bats Alive: Express Celebrate Military Appreciation Day, May 22, 2017
The Round Rock Express gave a fitting tribute to our Armed Services with Military Appreciation Night. The huge celebration included the First Pitch by Colonel Craig Flowers, recognition of WWII Veterans, the unveiling of a permanent POW / MIA Remembrance Chair, and the Swearing in of a <more>
Express Pitching Steps Up with 6-Hit Shut Out, May 21, 2017
Express starting pitcher Allen Webster had a masterful performance, pitching seven innings of scoreless baseball and allowing only four hits. Webster paved the way for the Express offense to step up and do what they do well. Jurickson Profar led the pack with one hit and two RBIs. <more>
Sounds Clobber Express, May 2, 2017
The struggling Round Rock Express continued its troubles as they faced Nashville Sounds. The Sounds put up 40 batters who produced 11 runs on 15 hits. Conversely, the Express generate only two hits, a double, compliments of Drew Robinson and a single by Josh Wilson. Travis Synder got to first base <more>
Round Rock Over Powers Iowa, April 24, 2017
The Round Rock Express (9-10) powered their way to a 9-2 victory over the Iowa Cubs (9-10). Josh Wilson and Jared Hoying of the Express each notched a home run in the win.Round Rock starter Dillon Gee (1-2) earned the win with five innings pitch. Gee gave up just two runs, only one of which was earned, <more>
Express Out-Last Cubs, April 23, 2017
The Round Rock Express (8-10) edged the Iowa Cubs (9-9) 8-7 after 13 innings of play. Travis Snider hit an RBI single with no outs in the bottom of the 13th to give the Express a walkoff victory. Offensively, the Express put up eight runs on 15 hits. Cesar Puello went 4-for-7, producing one run and scoring once. <more>
Express Win on Walk-Off Wild Pitch, April 18, 2017
The Round Rock Express (7-6) and Omaha Storm Chasers (6-6) went back-and-forth for 11 innings, but it was the Express that collected a win after a bases-loaded wild pitch by the Storm Chasers. Offensively, the Express produce 10 hits to generate five runs. Drew Robinson, Doug Bernier, and <more>
Middlebrooks’ grand slam leads Express over Sounds,April 10, 2017
Sunday afternoons in the Spring are made for baseball. This past Sunday afternoon the Round Rock Express played the Nashville sounds, which made for pleasant entertainment. The Express jumped out in the bottom of the third inning. Preston Beck singled on a soft pop up to shortstop. <more>
Round Rock Express best Nashville Sounds in season opener, April 7, 2017
The astronomical start of Spring was March 20th, but true Spring in Central Texas does not begin until the first pitch is thrown in a Round Rock Express game. Spring was sprung on April 6 as the Express took on the Nashville Sound at the Dell Diamond. Only five Express players returned from last year’s team: <more>