Round Rock drops close game to Albuquerque

Bass pitches six shutout innings


Anthony Bass has come back with a vengeance. 

The Round Rock starter made his second start since spending more than a month on the disabled list Friday night, tossing six shutout innings and giving up just two hits with eight strikeouts.

But the Express offense didn’t back him up as they managed four hits in a 1-0, 10-inning loss to the Albuquerque Isotopes in the second game of a four-game series at Dell Dimond. 

Tony Wolters would give Albuquerque the win with a two-out triple to deep center field in the 10th inning. Round Rock falls to 7-2 overall and 6-2 at home in extra inning games this season. 

Bass (1-5, 4.00 ERA) was dialed in. He allowed one hit in the first inning and another in the top of the third. In his last time out, he gave up two runs on five hits against El Paso on July 30. In 54 innings in Triple-A this season, he has 65 strikeouts. 

Neither team had a runner in scoring position until the seventh inning when Will Middlebrooks doubled to get things started. Newly acquired Tyler Smith singled and Middlebrooks was sent home, but just got beat by the throw from the outfield. 

Another new acquisition, Tayler Scott, got into a bit of a jam one inning later. He balked with two on to advance the runners to 2nd and 3rd. But he got a strikeout to end the inning without any damage.

Preston Claiborne gave up a one-out walk in the 10th and Wolters hit a ball to deep center. Doug Bernier cut off the outfield throw and nearly picked him off a home, but the ball squeaked just out of catcher Brett Nicholas’ glove. 

The Express continue their marathon stretch of 20 games in 20 night when they face of with the Isotopes in the third game of the four-game set Saturday night. Round Rock has yet to name a starter. 

They then hit the road for 12 games beginning with a series in Colorado Springs on Monday night. Round Rock next returns to Dell Dimond on August 19 to take on the Omaha Storm Chasers.