The Triple-A Home Run Derby was last week. But the Express decided to have a long ball exhibition of their own Monday night.
Round Rock hit three home runs to snap a four-game losing streak and pick up its first win post-All-Star break, beating the New Orleans Baby Cakes 10-1 in the first of a four-game series at Dell Diamond.
“We came from a tough series and we came in and tried to get them early,” first baseman Ronald Guzman said. “That’s what we did. We got some runs after the first inning and it helped us out. We had a great game pitching and offensively.”
Jason Martinson, Ryan Rua, and Ronald Guzman all went yard in the win. It was the 30th multi-homer game of the season for the Express, who have 96 dingers on the year tying them for seventh in the Pacific Coast League.
James Dykstra earned his first career Triple-A victory, allowing one run on five hits with four strikeouts in five innings of work. The Round Rock bullpen allowed just two hits and no runs with three strikeouts the rest of the game.
It didn’t take long for New Orleans to jump on Dykstra. After getting two straight groundouts to begin the game, the former sixth round pick surrendered back-to-back doubles and the Baby Cakes took an early 1-0 lead.
Guzman drove in Rua with a single to left field with no outs in the second inning. Luis Marte followed that up with a sharp single to bring in two more Round Rock runs two batters later.
After a Brett Nicholas double and a Jared Hoying walk, Guzman collected his second RBI of the game with a single up the middle. Martinson hit a 375-foot 3-run home run, his seventh of the year, to extend the Round Rock lead to 7-1.
Rua hit the Express’ second dinger of the game when his two-run bomb landed in the left field bullpen. Guzman joined the long ball party in the same inning, blasting his 10th homer of the year with a solo shot that just got inside the left field foul pole.
The Express and Baby Cakes play the second of their four-game series Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m and continuing Wednesday and Thursday. Round Rock then goes on a California swing beginning Friday night in Fresno.