Express drop third straight game to Sky Sox

Round Rock pitching allows five home runs in loss


Scott Heineman had no intention of stopping after his drive to center field hit the outfield wall. 

As he made the turn for third base, he saw Express manager Jason Wood wildly waving him home. 

But like the outfielder’s attempt at an inside-the-park home run, Round Rock came up short in the third of a five-game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox Sunday evening, losing 7-2 for its third loss in a row. 

“Even if (Wood) was holding me, I was still going to go for it,” Heineman said. “Right when I hit it, I thought it was a single, that’s why it’s important to go hard right out of the gate. I got gassed and I lost some of my steps coming around third.”

Heineman paced the Round Rock offense with two hits and two RBI and biased his seventh home run of the year. Willie Calhoun finished with a pair of hits while Drew Robinson scored a run. 

Express starter Michael Roth (4-4, 3.76 ERA) allowed six runs on eight hits with a pair of strikeouts over eight innings of work. Chris Jensen picked four innings in relief, calling one run on five hits with three strikeouts. 

Colorado Springs treated Round Rock pitching like it was a home run derby, blasting five dingers in the win. 

“We learned from what they did at the plate, that hitting is contagious,” Heineman said. “They’ve been swinging the bats really well the last three games. If we can just stringing along some at-bat, we might be in that same position.”

Colorado Springs and Round Rock traded solo home runs in the first inning. Heineman drove in another run to give the Express a 2-1 lead with his triple-turned-home run attempt in the third inning. 

The Sky Sox scored on three straight at-bats in the fourth inning, including back-to-back home runs, to take a 5-2 lead. They continued to tack on runs with solo home runs in the fifth and seventh innings. 

Round Rock and Colorado Springs wrap up the series with games on Monday and Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. The Express then go to Oklahoma City for five-game series against the Dodgers before the All-Star break begins. 

The Express lost the first two games of the series on Friday and Saturday, ending a seven-game winning streak. First baseman Tommy Joseph — who had a team-high six home runs and 22 RBIs during June — exited during Saturday’s loss and didn’t play on Sunday. 

“We’ve been through some ups and downs this season,” Heineman said. “We want Tommy back as fast as possible, we miss his bat in the lineup. We’re good  just excited for tomorrow.”

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