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Five-run seventh inning lifts Express over Sky Sox

Game delayed for more than 30 minutes to to dense fog in eighth inning

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Not even fog could stop the Express on Saturday night. 

Round Rock scored five runs in the seventh inning to run away with a 6-1 win against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the first of a three-game series. The game was delayed by fog for the first time in Dell Diamond history during the eighth inning. 

“It gradually just started creeping in,” Express manager Jason Wood said. “Once it came in, I didn’t think it was going to go anywhere. It came and it sat, but it left when it needed to. So all in all, it was a good night.”

Christian Lopes doubled to center field to give Round Rock the lead in the seventh inning and Jose Cardona followed that up with a three-run home run — his first of the season — to cap off the big inning. 

Express reliever Tayler Scott picked up his second win of the year, walking two batters and striking out one in two-thirds of an inning. 

Starter David Ledbetter went 6.1 innings and allowed striking out four and allowing one run on five hits. The righty, in his second season with Round Rock, lost to on the road against Colorado Springs in his last start, giving up five runs — four earned — on eight hits with three strikeouts over four innings. 

“He’s gone out and made three or four starts for us this year and given us quality starts in just about everyone,” Wood said. “He was a little anxious early and made a few mental errors as far as a balk, but he calmed himself down and pounded the strike zone.” 

Following a leadoff walk, Colorado Springs picked up its first hit of the day with a single to center field. Keon Broxton grounded into a fielder’s choice in the next at-bat and the Sky Sox took a 1-0 lead. 

Lopes, Cardona and Scott Heinemann all reached base to begin the sixth inning for the Express. Tommy Joseph was hit by a pitch and Lopes walked home to even the game at one run apiece before blowing the game open two innings later.  

“It was a breath of fresh air to see someone new in there yet we were still aggressive,” Wood said. “We did it early in the count and it happened quick. We weren’t getting much off of Woodruff, but we caught them there a little bit and were able to have a big inning.”

Before the Sky Sox came to Round Rock, the Express dropped three of four home games against the Oklahoma City Dodgers, with the lone win coming when Cameron Rupp hit a walk-off grand slam for a  9-6 win on Wednesday afternoon. 

Round Rock continues the series with Colorado Springs Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. and wrap up the seven-game homestand Monday at 7:05 p.m. The Express begin a nine-game, 10-day road trip Wednesday in Memphis. 

Defensively, Saturday was one of the best games of the year as the Express didn’t commit an error and turned three double plays, tied for the most in a game this season. 

“The defense isn’t exactly where we want it to be, but it’s progressively getting better each game,” Wood said. “I’m glad to see the guys stay on their toes and be ready for the balls to be hit at them.”

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