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March 31, 2024 – Pacific Coast League (PCL)
Sugar Land Space Cowboys News Release

ROUND ROCK, TX – The Sugar Land Space Cowboys (1-2) dropped game three against the Round Rock Express (2-1) Sunday afternoon 8-6 at Dell Diamond.

Starter Rhett Kouba (L, 0-1) suffered the loss, pitching 2.1 innings while giving up two runs and three walks, striking out three. He found himself in trouble early on with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the third inning. After giving up a walk to bring in Matt Duffy, Space Cowboys manager Mickey Storey brought in Mark Washington to right the ship. Despite giving up another bases loaded walk, Washington escaped the inning without giving up any more runs.

The Express offense did not stop there; in the bottom of the fourth, back-to-back RBI doubles by Sandro Fabian and Elier Hernandez brought the Round Rock run total to five. A bases-clearing double by Sam Huff drove in another three runs, extending the lead to make it 8-0 Express.

The Space Cowboys did not go down quietly. After a lead-off walk by Will Wagner in the top of the fifth, David Hensley mashed his first home run of the season to left field against Adrian Sampson (W, 1-0) to bring the team within six. In the bottom of the ninth, with the bases loaded and one out, slugger Shay Whitcomb knocked a massive grand slam to dead-center field, sailing 430 feet, to bring Sugar Land within two of tying the game.

Despite the eight earned runs in the first half of the game, Sugar Land relievers Cole McDonald, Logan VanWey, and Wander Suero shut the Round Rock hitters down in the late innings, combining for 3.0 innings, striking out three while only allowing two hits and two walks.

The Space Cowboys travel back to Sugar Land for their first home game of the season against the Las Vegas Aviators at Constellation Field on Tuesday night. RHP Ryan Gusto is set to make his Triple-A debut for Sugar Land while the Aviators are set to counter with LHP Hogan Harris for a 6:05 pm CT first pitch. The game can be heard on ESPN 92.5 FM or online here and seen on MiLB.TV, MLB.TV and Bally Live.

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