Alberto’s double leads Round Rock to win over Iowa


Hanser Alberto hit a three-run double in the second inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 4-2 series-opening win over the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines on Saturday night.

R.J. Alvarez allowed a run, but got Wynton Bernard to hit into a forceout with a runner on first to end the game for his sixth save of the season.

The last time the two teams met, Round Rock opened the series with a win but lost the next three.

The double by Alberto scored Juan Centeno, Destin Hood, and Nick Noonan to give the Express a 3-0 lead. Alberto finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored with three RBIs from the ninth spot in the batting order.

Willie Calhoun was the only other member of the Express to have more than one hit. He went 2-for-4 on the night.

After the teams traded runs, the Cubs cut into the deficit in the ninth inning when Jacob Hannemann scored on a wild pitch.

Round Rock right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2-3) picked up the win after allowing one run on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. Opposing starter Luke Farrell (0-2) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game after he allowed three runs on just two hits over three innings.

For the Cubs, Hannemann doubled and singled.

The teams will play the second game of the series at 1:08 p.m. Sunday. A pair of 12:08 starts on Monday and Tuesday will finish off the series.



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