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.
Yang got off to an uneven start in the sixth inning. Leadoff batter Matt Batten reach first on a throwing error by third baseman Sherten Apostel. Yany then hit Luis Campusano with a pitch to put runners on first and second. Jose Azocar’s single to center field scored Batten, giving El Paso a 1-0 lead.
Round Rock evened the score with Ryan Dorow’s home run to left field in the seventh inning off Steven Wilson. Wilson (1-0) was assigned both a blown save and later the win.
Yang opened the eighth inning allowing back-to-back singles to Matt Batten and Taylor Kohlwey. Joe Gatto replaced Yang with 1 out, hoping to minimize the damage, but a fielder’s choice allowed Batten to score. Kohlwey later crossed the plate on a single by Gosuke Katoh. Both runs were charged to Yang. Patrick Kivlehand’s double brought home Katoh, giving the Chihuahuas a 4-1 lead.
El Paso added to their lead in the ninth inning, beginning with a Webster Rivas home run. Ivan Castillo reached second base on a fielding error by center fielder Leody Taveras. Castillo later scored on a single by Luis Campusano.
Yang (0-3) suffered the lost, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits in 2.1 innings. He struck out 5 batters.