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Alvarez, Tucker go yard as Express beat Baby Cakes 11-7

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Kyle Tucker is starting to find this swing in Round Rock. Yordan Alvarez clearly already has a good handle on his.  

The top two hitting prospects both hit a home run and the Express downed the New Orleans Baby Cakes 11-7 in the fourth game of a five-game series on Saturday night. 

“I feel the same, just some pitches I’ll swing through more,” Tucker said. “I’ve swung and missed on a lot of pitches I should hit. I’m just trying to slow things down. There are a lot of positives and we’re still winning games.”

Alvarez now has 11 home runs in 20 games, the most in minor league baseball and third in all of baseball behind Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich and Los Angeles third baseman Cody Bellinger — who have each played in 27 games apiece.

“Pretty much our whole lineup can hit 20 or 30 homers a year,” Tucker said. “That’s just the kind of team we are. It’s a lot of fun being around guys that can do that up and down the lineup. It’s fun to watch.”

Express starter Brady Rogers (2-0, 3.10 ERA) gave up four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts. The Round Rock bullpen gave up two hits and had four combined strikeouts the rest of the game. 

Alvarez extended his team lead in RBIs to 28 on the year in the first inning with a run-scoring double. Tucker followed that up with his towering three-run home run to center field later in the inning. 

“They were trying to go fastballs up,” Tucker said. “He left it down a little bit more than he would’ve liked. It worked out well.”

For Express outfielder Peter O’Brien homered for New Orleans in the third to cut the lead to one run. 

The two teams traded runs in the fifth and the Baby Cakes re-took the lead with a pair of runs in the seventh. The Express took the lead for good in the seventh, which included the no-doubt bomb from Alvarez.

The Express finish off the five-game set against the Baby Cakes with a 1:05 p.m. game Sunday afternoon before hitting the road for 12 games in 12 days in Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Omaha. 

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