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.
Oklahoma City starter Andre Jackson (L0-4) endured the loss, allowing 1 run on five hits in 6 innings of work. Jackson struck out two and walked three.
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.
The Express were led offensively by Willie Calhoun, who posted his first multi-homer game of the season. Calhoun gave the Express a 1-0 lead in the 6th inning on a solo home run against Jackson.
Calhoun iced the game in 8th inning on a 3-run blast to right center field. Calhoun scored Steele Walker, who reached base on a lead-off walk, and Yohel Pozo, on a single.
With the win the Express are hoping to shake the shadow that hangs over them against the Dodgers. Round Rock is 3-5 against the Dodgers, with an 8.86 ERA
and has been shut out twice by their pitchers.
Game 3 of the 6-games series resumes Thursday.