Willie Calhoun debuts as Round Rock bats go quiet

Express has nine-game home winning streak snapped


Round Rock had its four game winning streak snapped and saw its red-hot bats go cold on Tuesday night, dropping the series finale to the El Paso Chihuahuas 4-0. 

The Express managed just five hits in the game and failed to score a run for the first time since July 21 on the road against Fresno. The loss ended a longer streak of nine straight wins at Dell Diamond when they are 32-23 on the year. 

The game marked the debut of Willie Calhoun, who was one of three prospects acquired by the Rangers for Yu Darvish from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. The 22-year-old slugger was the four-best prospect in the Los Angeles organization. 

He finished 0-for-4 with one strikeout and flew out on the first pitch in back-to-back at-bats.

During his time in Triple-A with the Oklahoma City Storm Chasers, he led the team in games played (99), at-bats (373), runs scored (64), doubles (24), triples (5), home runs (23), and RBIs (67) and was second on the team in hits (111).

Tayler Scott, who was acquired by the Rangers in exchange for Jeremy Jeffress Monday, was also added to the Round Rock roster. He opened the year in Double-A Biloxi, boasting a 4-6 record with a 2.34 ERA and 63 strikeouts. 

Scott made his first career Triple-A appearance, tossing a perfect eighth inning. 

James Dykstra (1-6, 7.79 ERA) took the loss for Round Rock, giving up four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in four innings. Tanner Scheppers pitched well for two innings and didn’t allow a hit to go along with four strikeouts. 

The Chihuahuas got on the board in the third inning. After a one-out double, El Paso first baseman Chase d’Arnaud singled to shortstop where Pete Kozma, playing in his sixth game in Round Rock, had trouble with the exchange and one run came across to score. 

El Paso walked and doubled in the first two batters of the fifth inning and both runners came around to score when a single went over Travis Snider’s head in right field. The Chihuahuas got another run when Calhoun had trouble wrangling a double to the left field corner. 

Round Rock has an off day on Wednesday before beginning another four-game home series when the Albuquerque Isotopes come to town beginning on Thursday night. The Express then play 12 road games in 12 days beginning Monday night in Colorado Springs.