EXPRESS 4, REDHAWKS 1
Round Rock center fielder Jared Hoying scored two runs and broke a tie with a solo home run in the seventh to help lead the Express to a 4-1 win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks on Tuesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The RedHawks scored their only run in the fourth when Preston Tucker singled, later scoring on Matt Duffy’s RBI single.
Round Rock tied it in the fifth when Hoying walked, stole second and scored on Brett Nicholas’ RBI single. The Express tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on Michael Choice’s two-run double. Nicholas had three hits for the Express.
MAJOR LEAGUE SHOWDOWN
Both teams started pitchers who have spent the bulk of the season in the majors. Collin McHugh allowed only three hits and one run in five innings in an 80-pitch rehab start with the RedHawks, his first appearance in 16 days after having a fingernail issue his previous start.
Robbie Ross, who was 2-4 with a 5.61 ERA in 18 games with the Rangers, picked up the win. Ross allowed only one run on eight hits in six innings. Ross recorded six strikeouts and two walks.
SHORT HOPS …
After losing the first two games of the series with Round Rock, the RedHawks are below .500 for only the third time all season. OKC was 48-49 two weeks ago. The only other time the RedHawks have been below .500 was 1-2 on April 5. … Shortstop Jonathan Villar has 199 career minor league stolen bases, 231 in his career if you include 32 steals with the Astros. … The Express has won their last four games at The Brick. … RedHawks center fielder Austin Wates, who homered on Monday, hit clean-up.
The RedHawks close out a four-game series with Round Rock with games on Wednesday and Thursday. OKC will start David Martinez (5-6, 5.14) in Wednesday’s 7:05 game. The Express will throw Jerome Williams (0-1, 6.10).