Will Middlebrooks’ homers help Express beat Baby Cakes


Third baseman Will Middlebrooks hit two home runs to lift the Round Rock Express to a 5-4 victory at New Orleans in a Pacific Coast League game Friday night.

A two-run homer by Middlebrooks capped a three-run fifth inning and gave the Express a 4-3 lead over the Baby Cakes. Brett Nicholas had hit an RBI single earlier in the inning.

New Orleans answered in the bottom half on Chad Hinshaw’s RBI double, scoring Peter Mooney to tie the game.

The Express took the lead for good in the eighth when Middlebrooks hit a solo home run.

Sam Wolff (1-0) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Odrisamer Despaigne (0-3) was charged with the loss. Preston Claiborne retired the side in order in the ninth for his 13th save.

Former Texas Longhorn Drew Stubbs got Round Rock on the board in the first inning as he singled, went to third on Nicholas’ double and scored on Jason Martinson’s single.

New Orleans went up 2-1 in the bottom half. Hinshaw singled, Tomas Telis doubled him home, and Moises Sierra doubled home Telis.

Cal Towey homered in the fourth to put the Baby Cakes up 3-1.

Round Rock improved to 6-2 against New Orleans this season.

The Express returned home to begin an eight-game stand at Dell Diamond with a game against Memphis on Saturday night.

SUNDAY’S GAME

Redbirds at Express, 1:05 p.m., 104.9



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