Round Rock shortstop Jurickson Profar, the top-rated player in the minors according to Baseball America, was a double shy of hitting for the cycle Tuesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark as the Express beat the RedHawks 8-6.
Sidelined four of the previous five games with sore ribs, Profar slammed his first Triple-A home run, a three-run shot, in the Express' five-run third that erased the RedHawks' four-run second.
Profar went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .281. On the radar since age 11 when he led Curacao to the Little League World Series championship in 2004, Profar tripled in the fifth and singled in the seventh but grounded out in the ninth in his attempt at the cycle.
The Express scored three runs in the seventh, the key hit a Robinson Chirinos two-run double, to go up 8-4. The RedHawks answered with Marc Krauss' two-run double in the eighth, but Cory Burns pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his third save for Round Rock.
RedHawks left-hander Brett Oberholtzer had his third consecutive rough outing. Oberholtzer (0-2) has a 9.51 ERA and has allowed 18 hits and 18 runs (13 earned) in 12 1/3 innings.
All the damage against Oberholtzer came in Round Rock's five-run third. In addition to Profar's homer, Joey Butler slammed a two-run homer.