One inning wasn’t enough to propel the Express.
Round Rock scored its only four runs of the game in the second inning and the New Orleans Baby Cakes scored eight unanswered to take the third game of the series 8-4 Thursday night at Dell Diamond.
“Props to them for battling back,” Express first baseman Tommy Joseph said. “We put a lot of good at-bats together in (the second) inning and continued to put good at-bats together. It was just a matter of getting a couple knocks strung together and we weren’t able to do that.”
Express starter David Ledbetter (0-4, 4.91 ERA) allowed two runs on four hits with four walks and three strikeouts in six innings of work. Deolis Guerra took the loss, allowing four runs on three hits in one inning.
Round Rock dropped the first game of the series against New Orleans 10-2 on Tuesday night and followed that up with a walk-off win against the Baby Cakes on Wednesday when Hanser Alberto hit a three-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
“(Coming from behind) can defiantly wear on you when you’re on the losing end of it,” Joseph said. “But we understand that it’s part of the game and we have a good club and it’s just a matter of putting it all together.”
Juan Centeno singled to right field in the second inning, but a fielding error by New Orleans right fielder Isaac Galloway allowed two runners to score for the Express. Andy Ibanez drove in Centeno with a with a single to right in the next at-bat and again, Galloway mishandled the ball.
Ibanez came around to score later in the frame after Rougned Odor, playing in his third rehab game with the Express, gave Round Rock a 4-0 lead with a single to left field.
The Baby Cakes cut the lead in half with runs in the third and fourth innings. Both runs came via singles with runners on 1st and 2nd base. Galloway tied the game in the seventh inning with a monster two-run home run that landed in the left field bleachers.
New Orleans scored on a double by Galloway in the ninth to take the lead and J.T. Riddle hit a three-run home run to center field to blow the game open.
Odor finished the game 1-for-5 with his first RBI since beginning his rehab assignment with the Express. Pitchers Tim Lincecum and Ricky Rodriguez didn’t see the field Thursday but are also rehabbing with the team.
“It’s great to have the big league rehabbers around,” Joseph said. “We know why they’re here and they know why they’re here and the work they need to get in. You get to watch how they go about their business and how they treat people. That’s what you take away from this game.”
Round Rock and New Orleans conclude their four-game series Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Dell Diamond. The Express then hit the road for eight games beginning Saturday in Iowa and continuing against the Baby Cakes before returning home on May 21.
“Our goals on the road trip are to stay healthy and win ballgames,” Joseph said.