Ibanez’s single leads Round Rock to win over New Orleans


Andy Ibanez hit a run-scoring single in the eighth inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 5-4 win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Friday at Dell Diamond.

The result leaves the series split at two games apiece.

Nick Gardewine allowed a run, but got Cristhian Adames to fly out with a runner on first to end the game for his first save of the season.

The single by Ibanez, part of a two-run inning, gave the Express a 4-3 lead before Jose Cardona hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning. Ibanez drove in two runs on the night.

In the top of the ninth, New Orleans cut into the deficit on a sacrifice fly by JT Riddle that scored Magneuris Sierra.

Cardona went 2-for-3 with a run scored, a home run and two RBIs for Round Rock.

Connor Sadzeck (2-0) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Sean Burnett (1-1) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game.

Yovani Gallardo got the start for the Express and gave up two runs on six hits through 5 1/3 innings. He left the game in the sixth, trailing 2-1.

Ben Meyer had a solid start for New Orleans, allowing three runs on seven hits through seven innings.

For the Baby Cakes, Eric Campbell doubled twice and singled. Cito Culver singled three times. Rafael Ortega tripled for New Orleans on the way to scoring a run and driving home another.

Round Rock next travels to Des Moines to take on the Iowa Cubs on Saturday at 7:08 p.m. before a matinee contest on Sunday.



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