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. Kyle Tucker resumed the Express’ offensive attack with a leadoff clean-pants triple to right field. A walk to Nick Tanielu put runners on the corners. A mishandled pick-off attempt by Dodger first baseman Jake Peter allowed Tucker to steal home.
Express starting pitcher Cionel Perez pitched solidly, but make two mistakes in the fourth inning. Both mistakes were home run balls to the Dodgers, allowing them to tie the game. Perez left the game after five innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, striking out 5 and walking 2 for no decision.
OKC starting pitcher Brock Stewart also departed after 5 innings for no decision. Stewart gave up 2 runs on 4 hits, striking out 6 and walking 3.
The game remained tied until the Express half of the seventh inning with a lead off round-tripper by catcher Garrett Stubbs. Back-to-back doubles by Alex De Goti and Derek Fisher earned the Express another run and a 4-2 lead.
Nick Tanielu added to Express’ lead in the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field.
Kent Emanuel (2-1) pitched three perfect innings to earn the win for the Express. OKC reliever Kevin Quakenbush (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing 2 runs on 3 inning in 1 inning.