Willie Calhoun homers again as Round Rock Express top Isotopes


Texas Rangers No. 2 prospect and Round Rock Express second baseman Willie Calhoun hit another home run as Round Rock defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-3 at Dell Diamond on Saturday night.

Calhoun had just one hit on the night but it was a three-run blast that gave the Express (52-61) a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. His 25th homer of the season was the beginning of a five-run inning that put Round Rock up six runs.

Round Rock starter Clayton Blackburn (5-2) picked up the win despite allowing three runs over 5 1/3 innings. Opposing starter Ryan Carpenter (7-8) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game after giving up six runs and seven hits over 2 2/3 innings.

Tyler Smith started the scoring for the Express as he doubled to drive home Ronald Guzman in the second inning. Guzman scored twice in the game and went 1-for-3 at the plate.

Following Calhoun’s home run, Guzman and Brett Hayes each had RBIs in the third to make it 6-0 in favor of the Express.

Round Rock capped its scoring with an RBI single by Will Middlebrooks in the fourth.

Doug Bernier went 2-for-3 from the plate and scored twice for the Express.

Noel Cuevas hit a home run for Albuquerque (57-56). Blackburn had pitched a perfect game until that point.

An inning later, Mike Tauchman hit a two-run homer to cut Round Rock’s lead to four runs.

Adam Loewen, Joely Rodriguez, R.J. Alvarez and Ernesto Frieri held the Isotopes to just one hit in relief.



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