Alberto’s walk-off hit stops latest Express slide


The Round Rock Express were badly in need of a lift. Hanser Alberto provided it.

Trailing by two runs and down to their last out, the Express pulled out an improbable 5-4 win over New Orleans on Wednesday night when the versatile infielder smacked a bases-clearing double.

It snapped a four-game home losing skid for Round Rock (12-22), in last place and already 10 games out of first in its Pacific Coast League division. The Express are just 6-12 at Dell Diamond.

With two outs and nobody on, Cameron Rupp and Jose Cardona produced back-to-back singles. Nick Noonan, who earlier had an RBI double, was hit by a Jumbo Diaz pitch. Then Alberto lined a ball to the power alley in left-center field, driving in all three runs to end it.

Texas Rangers rehabbers Tim Lincecum and Ricky Rodriguez each made appearances out of the bullpen.

Lincecum, trying to make a comeback after being out of the game since 2016, was greeted by Austin Dean’s solo home run on an 85-mph slider before settling down. His pitches ranged from 82 to 90 mph.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner threw 13 pitches, 10 strikes, allowing two hits, a run and striking out a batter. Lincecum was tagged for two runs in his debut inning Monday. He is scheduled to go again Friday night when the Express close out the home stand against New Orleans.

Rodriguez, a hard-throwing prospect, looked sharp in his one inning, allowing a harmless single with one strikeout.



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