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Express Bats Go Quiet in 4th of July Loss

Updated: Saturday, July 5 2014, 09:47 PM CDT

ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Round Rock Express (44-42) weren’t able to muster up any kind of offense against the Nashville Sounds (47-42) pitching staff Friday night, as they were shutout 4-0 before a record-setting Independence Day crowd of 12,591 at Dell Diamond.

The E-Train faithful showed up in droves to celebrate the Fourth of July Friday, breaking the attendance record for the holiday and setting the third highest attendance mark in franchise history. Unfortunately, the Express continued with recent trends, as they have now dropped five of their last six games on Independence Day. Since becoming a Triple-A affiliate in 2005, Round Rock is 5-5 on America’s birthday.

As for the game, Sounds starter Michael Blazek (1-3, 4.44 ERA) limited the E-Train to just one hit over 5.1 innings to set the tone. The right-hander struck out six and issued no walks to earn his first win of the season.

Blazek’s compadres’ took up where their starter left off, holding Round Rock to just a pair of singles over the final 3.2 innings to close out the shutout.

Nashville took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by C Shawn Zarraga. With one out, 1B Sean Halton doubled to the warning track in center then scored when Zarraga followed with a base knock back through the box.

The Sounds went deep twice in the fifth to up their advantage to four. SS Hector Gomez got the scoring started with one out as he just cleared the wall in left for his ninth home run of the season. Later in the inning, with 3B Jason Rogers on second following a two-out double, DH Jeremy Hermida went yard off Round Rock starter LHP Robbie Ross to make it 4-0 Nashville. Hermida, a former first-round draft pick of the Florida Marlins, has hit 11 homers this year.

Ross (1-1, 5.73 ERA) exited after giving up the home run to Hermida. The left-hander allowed four runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking three, to suffer his first loss as a member of the Express.

SS Luis Sardinas, CF Jared Hoying and LF Jake Smolinski recorded Round Rock’s three hits in the game, all singles.

-Round Rock Express

Express Bats Go Quiet in 4th of July Loss


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October 31, 2014 07:08 GMT

NFL

Thursday's Game

New Orleans 28, Carolina 10

Sunday's Games

Arizona at Dallas, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia at Houston, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Jets at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Washington at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

San Diego at Miami, 1 p.m.

St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Denver at New England, 4:25 p.m.

Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.

Open: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee

Monday's Game

Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Thursday's Games

Washington 105, Orlando 98

Minnesota 97, Detroit 91

New York 95, Cleveland 90

Dallas 120, Utah 102

L.A. Clippers 93, Oklahoma City 90

Friday's Games

Memphis at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Portland at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Thursday's Games

New Jersey 2, Winnipeg 1, SO

Chicago 5, Ottawa 4, SO

Minnesota 4, San Jose 3, SO

Boston 3, Buffalo 2, OT

Pittsburgh 3, Los Angeles 0

Tampa Bay 4, Philadelphia 3

Florida 2, Arizona 1

St. Louis 2, Anaheim 0

Colorado 5, N.Y. Islanders 0

Vancouver 3, Montreal 2, OT

Friday's Games

Toronto at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Anaheim at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Nashville at Calgary, 9 p.m.

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