Express Top Dodgers in Series OpenerJuly 29, 2021
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 countered in the fourth inning, starting with DeShields’ leadoff four-bagger to left field. Yonny Hernandez drew a walk, followed by Nick Solak’s single to left field. Yohel Pozo’s soft fly ball single to left field loaded the bases. Elier Hernandez’s infield grounder scored Yonny Hernandez, giving Round Rock a 2-1 lead.
Pozo home run came in the eighth inning, giving the Express an insurance run.
Express starting pitcher Collin Wiles (3-1) earned the win, allowing 1 run on 2 hits in 5 innings. Wiles struck out 3 and walked 1 batter. Joe Gatto and Scott Engler combined for three innings of scoreless, hitless relief to earn the hold. Jake Lemonie allowed no runs nor hits in 1 inning of work to earn the save.
OKC starting pitcher Aaron Wilkerson (6-4) endured the loss, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in 5 innings. Wilkerson struck out 9 and walked 1 batter.