Express drop three of four games in Iowa

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The Express struggled in their first away series of the season, dropping three of four games on the road against the Omaha Storm Chasers.

Round Rock managed to score just once in their 9-1 loss on Tuesday, was shut out 3-0 on Wednesday, gave up four early runs in the 6-3 loss on Thursday. The Express rebounded in the finale with a 4-2 win.

The Express sit at 4-5 overall, one game behind the Memphis Redbirds in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division.

Tyler Wagner (0-1, 7.71 ERA) took the loss in the series opener Tuesday, lasting 4.1 innings allowing eight runs on 11 hits with just one strikeout. Luis Marte drove in the lone run of the game with a fielder’s choice and Travis Snider scored.

Omaha starter Josh Staumont had a perfect game into the fifth inning when Ronald Guzman with a single to the game. It was the only hit of the game for Round Rock. Dillon Gee (0-2, 7.20) suffered his second loss, allowing one run on five hits and three walks in six innings.

Again, the Express found themselves digging themselves out of an early hole, allowing four runs in the in the second inning. They scored two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh before the rally came up short.

Will Middlebrooks went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Round Rock offense. RHP Allen Webster (0-1, 10.80) lost after four runs and seven hits in 1.2 innings. He was ejected, along with manager Jason Wood in the second inning.

Middlebrooks continued his hot start to the year, leading the offense once again with a pair of RBIs while Drew Robinson scored two runs in the 4-2 win. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-0, 1.86) started the game and lasted 5.2 innings, allowing one run on six hits with three strikeouts. Wesley Wright (2-0, 0.00) picked up the win after one scoreless inning.

Round Rock continues its road trip with three games at the Iowa Cubs beginning Saturday at 5:08 p.m. The Express return home for an eight-game homestand beginning Tuesday against Omaha at 7:05 p.m. at Dell Diamond.

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