ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Round Rock Express (73-60) fell short on Friday night by a final score of 11-9 against the Sugar Land Space Cowboys (62-69) in 12 innings at Dell Diamond.
Express RHP Daniel Robert (3-4, 6.17) was tagged with the loss after his 1.0-inning outing included four runs and three earned runs on two hits, one walk and one strikeout. Space Cowboys RHP Nick Hernandez (5-5, 4.44) walked away with the win after 1.0 inning and two runs with only one earned run on zero walks and two strikeouts.
Along the Train Tracks:
Sugar Land needed only four seconds to take the lead as C Korey Lee banged the first pitch of the game 356 feet and gave the Space Cowboys a 1-0 advantage.
The Express rumbled back with a three-spot in the second inning. Back-to-back one-out singles for C Meibrys Viloria and 2B Diosbel Arias put runners on first and second base. With two outs, 1B Nick Tanielu doubled down the left field line and scored two runs. SS Ryan Dorow added one more on a single to right field to score Viloria and the E-Train led 3-1.
The Space Cowboys grabbed another long ball in the third inning. A solo home run from 3B Corey Julks traveled 418 feet to left field as Sugar Land trailed 3-2.
Three straight singles from Space Cowboys SS Edwin Diaz, C Korey Lee and 3B Corey Julks tied the game at three. With Lee on third base and Julks on first, a wild pitch allowed Lee to trot home and give Sugar Land a 4-3 lead.
Round Rock took back the lead in the fifth inning. CF J.P. Martinez walked before a one-out double for LF Elier Hernandez scored Martinez and tied the game at four. C Yohel Pozo tacked on another run when he doubled to bring home Hernandez and the Express led 5-4.
A double play tied the game at five in the eighth frame. Julks and 1B Taylor Jones singled to start the inning and put men on the corners. CF Jake Meyers hit into a double play and scored Julks from third.
With Diaz on second base to start the 10th inning, Express RHP Chase Lee recorded two quick outs. Round Rock intentionally walked Jones when Lee fell behind 2-0. With runners on first and second base, Meyers scored two runs on a triple to deep center field and the E-Train trailed 7-5.
The Express loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th inning. Hernandez started on second base and Pozo singled before a walk to Viloria loaded them up. After back-to-back strikeouts, Tanielu walked to tighten the score at 7-6….