Round Rock tops New Orleans in rain-shortened affair

Even the weather couldn’t stop the scorching hot Round Rock offense. 

The Express hit two home runs for the second straight game and beat the New Orleans Baby Cakes 6-3 Friday night. The game was ended after seven innings due to heavy rain and lighting in the area. 

Eddie Gamboa (4-5, 7.52) earned the win for Round Rock, lasting six innings and allowing three runs on four hits with four strikeouts. Tanner Scheppers picked up his first save after pitching one inning. 

Brett Nicholas finished the game 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs and one run scored, Drew Stubbs went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Will Middlebrows hit his second home run in as many games and took the active team lead with six long balls on the season.

This series is What Could Have Been Weekend for Round Rock as the Express transform into the Jackalopes with special jerseys, hats, and a specially designed logo. Last year, they were the FireAnts for a series as a memory to other possible names from when the team was founded in 2000. 

New Orleans struck first for the second straight game, taking advantage of back-to-back two-out singles in the first inning. Jurickson Profar singled in the bottom half of the innings and Nicholas demolished the first pitch he saw, sending it over the right field wall.

The Baby Cakes tied the game with a fielder’s choice in the third inning and took the lead when a soft fly ball to right field was misplayed by Drew Stubbs. 

Middlebrooks, who returned to the lineup on Thursday night after missing nearly two months with a broken hand, hit a home run to tie the game in the fifth inning.

Snider hit a fly ball to deep center field that somehow dropped for a hit and Jason Martinson came around to score. In the very next at-bat, Stubbs drove in two runs with a double to right field.  

Round Rock and New Orleans continue their four-game series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and finish off the series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. The Express then hit the road for nearly two weeks, returning home on May 17 when they host the Memphis Redbirds.