Express close out series with Omaha with a win


The Round Rock Express scored two runs in the eighth to close out the series with Omaha with a 4-2 win in Nebraska on Friday night.

The win avoids a series sweep and improves the Express to 4-5 on the young season.

Will Middlebrooks hit an RBI single to score Luis Marte in the top of the eighth to give Round Rock the go-ahead run. He finished the game 1 for 4 with two RBIs.

Both teams scored in the first inning and Omaha (4-4) took a one-run lead in the third, but the Express answered an inning later.

Neither team scored for three innings before Round Rock plated two runs to take the win.

Wesley Wright (2-0) earned the win for Round Rock, allowing no runs on no hits in one inning.

Express starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx had a strong outing, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits through 5 2/3 innings.

Round Rock’s bullpen came through after the Express took a two-run lead in the eighth.

Keone Kela allowed no runs on one hit in an inning of work and Preston Claiborne picked up his first save of the season.

Drew Robinson was 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two doubles.

Jared Hoying was 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Whit Merrifield led the Storm Chasers as he went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs.

Kevin McCarthy (0-1) was hit with the loss after giving up two runs on four hits in the eigth inning.

Hoying gave the Express some insurance with an RBI single after Middlebrooks gave Round Rock the lead.



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