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Express manage one hit and drop series to Omaha

The Round Rock Express were shut down by the Omaha pitching staff, falling 3-0 after managing just one hit and striking out 16 times in a Pacific Coast League contest in Omaha Thursday night.

The result clinches a series win for Omaha with just one game left in the four-game set.

Josh Staumont, Matt Strahm and Bobby Parnell teamed up to hold the Express (3-5) to one hit. Staumont (1-1) earned the win as he allowed one hit through six innings while striking out 12 batters. He gave up just two walks.

Strahm pitched two perfect innings while striking out three and Parnell picked up his first save of the year.

Jorge Bonifacio’s RBI double in the bottom of the fourth proved to be the only run the Storm Chasers (3-3) would need. Peter O’Brien scored on the play.

Ramon Torres doubled Omaha’s lead with a single that scored Corey Toups in the bottom of the seventh.

Bubba Starling homered in the next inning to add some insurance for the Storm Chasers.

Dillon Gee (0-2) suffered the tough loss, allowing one earned run on five hits through six innings of work. He struck out six and walked three.

Ronald Guzman had the only hit for Round Rock when he singled to break up the perfect game in the fifth inning.

Staumont retired the first 14 batters he faced and struck out the side on three occasions.

The Express had just one runner in scoring position all night, but a strikeout by Will Middlebrooks ended the threat.

Round Rock will close out the series with Omaha at 7:05 p.m. Friday.

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