The Round Rock Express limp home after a 2-6 trip that concluded Thursday with a 14-4 blowout loss to the Reno Aces.
Round Rock (16-25) begin an eight-game homestand Friday night at Dell Diamond, the first four against the Salt Lake Bees.
The Express were outscored 63-29 at Tacoma and Reno and lost Jared Hoying along the way as the center fielder was promoted to the Rangers. They do return with recently signed Texas ex outfielder Drew Stubbs.
Starter Tyler Wagner (1-4, 7.94 ERA) was rocked for 10 runs, nine earned, in six innings in the latest defeat.
Round Rock did pull out a rare road win late Wednesday, 10-6 over Reno with catcher Brett Hayes swatting four hits and Cesar Puello going 3 for 5 with three runs scored.
The pitching has struggled mightily with a 5.59 staff ERA, 14th in the league. Dillon Gee (1-4, 5.30) will try to do something about that Friday night.
Express: next up
vs. Salt Lake Bees
When: Friday-Monday. Fri., Mon. games at 7:05 p.m.; Sat. at 6:05; Sun. at 1:05.
Where: Dell Diamond
About Salt Lake: The Bees, the Angels’ top affiliate, lead the Pacific Southern Division with a 24-16 record. Yet they’re lacking top prospects, as the Angels have been since Mike Trout graduated from the system. OF Eric Young Jr., 31, is their best player, batting .352 with 31 runs and 11 steals. SS Matt Williams (.337 BA, 2o RBI) and OF Shane Robinson (.314, 20 RBI) also are having good seasons. Troy Scribner (5-0, 3.34 ERA) is the ace starting pitcher.
Top promotion: Monday, Military Appreciation Night. With the Express out of town for most of Memorial Day weekend, they’ll honor veterans a week earlier.
vs. Las Vegas 51s
When: Tuesday-May 26
Where: Dell Diamond
About Las Vegas: The 51s (Mets) are last in the Pacific Southern at 16-24 and have dropped eight of their last 10. But they do have the Mets’ No. 1 prospect, SS Amed Rosario, who is tearing it up with a .365 BA, 16 extra-base hits and 27 RBI.
Top promotion: Ladies Night, May 25. Special ticket package includes a wine glass, a wine-and-beer tasting session and a chat with manager Jason Wood.