Express struggle in lopsided loss to Dodgers

Willie Calhoun has career-long 18-game hitting streak snapped


Sunday was not Round Rock's best night.

The Express ended the first post-All-Star break series with a lopsided 11-1 loss to the Oklahoma City Dodgers in the series finale at Dell Dimond. Round Rock dropped three of the four games, suffering losses on Friday and Saturday nights as well.

"You've just got to shake it off and move on to the next one," outfielder Hunter Cole said. "The relievers did a good job throwing zeros and we had some quality at-bats thrown in there too. We've been in the games the last couple days and just couldn't pull them out."

Andy Ibanez and Cliff Pennington each finished with a pair of hits and Cole drove in the only run of the game. Outfielder Willie Calhoun had his career-long 18-game hitting streak come to an end after a 0-for-3 performance.

Express starter David Hurlbut (4-6, 586 ERA) suffered the loss, allowing nine runs and 11 hits - including two home runs - with a pair of strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

Deolis Guerra, Brady Feigl and Shaq Matta - normally the bullpen catcher - combined to allow two runs on five hits the rest of the way. Matta, in his first mound appearance of the year and second of his career, gave up both runs walked a pair on 17 pitches.

"You never want to get to that situation, but you hope he goes out there and doesn't get hurt," Cole said. "He did a good job, got a double-play ball and got after it. We were smiling and high giving him and he helped out the bullpen because they didn't have to use up another arm."

Oklahoma City jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs on four hits in the first inning. Edwin Rios drove in the first run with a two-out single and Donovan Solano pushed the lead to 3-0 with a two-run single.

Dodgers centerfielder Tim Locastro launched a solo home run in the second inning to extend their lead.

Travis Tiaijeron hit a two-run home run to dead center and two more Oklahoma City runs scored on a double that bounced off Express third baseman Andy Ibanez in the third and Solano drove in his second run of the game with a single one inning later.

Round Rock got on the board when Calhoun trotted home from third on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Cole.

With Matta on to pitch in the ninth, Oklahoma City added to their lead with another RBI from Solano and an RBI sacrifice fly from Jake Peter.

The Express hit the road and play eight games in eight days beginning Monday in Colorado Springs and continuing Friday in Omaha. They return to Dell Diamond to take on the Tacoma Rainiers on July 24.

"I just want to get back to my approach at the plate," Cole said. "Just have quality at-bats and drive the ball tot he gap. And as a whole, win some games."

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