Express offense sputters in loss to Grizzlies

Round Rock managed one run on five hits in second straight loss to Fresno


For the second straight game, the Express bats had trouble getting going. 

One day after narrowly avoiding a no-hitter, Round Rock lost to the Fresno Grizzlies 6-1 on Sunday afternoon in the second of a four-game series against the Houston Astros’ Triple-A affiliate. 

Round Rock first baseman Tommy Joseph scored the only run of the game and picked up the first hit of the game in the fifth inning when based his team-leading 15th home run of the season. 

Express starter David Hurlbut (2-5, 5.18 ERA) allowed one run on three hits with a pair of strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work. Connor Sadzeck (3-3, 4.18 ERA) took the loss, allowing one run and two hits in 1.2 innings. 

Rehabbing Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus served as the designated hitter and went 0-for-2 with two walks. In his two games with the Express, the two-time MLB All-Star finished 0-for-5. He is expected to be recalled to Texas on Monday. 

Fresno won the first game of the series by an identical 6-1 scoreline on Saturday night. The two teams finish the series on Monday and Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Round Rock then heads to Nashville for a four-game set against the Sounds beginning Thursday. 

Joseph went yard on the second pitch he saw in the fifth inning, but the Grizzlies responded in the next frame, scoring two runs on three hits, including an RBI double by Jack Mayfield and a single from Nick Tanielu. 

Fresno would strike again in the nine with four more runs on four more hits. Tanielu scored on a wild pitch by Express reliever R.J. Alvarez with one out and Grizzlies designated hitter J.D. Davis almost hit a home run but settled for a ground rule double.

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