Round Rock Express beat New Orleans Zephyrs in 8-1 beatdown

Ryan Haddox

On Monday night, the Round Rock Express out-clubbed the New Orleans Zephyrs for the second night in a row, en route to an 8-1 win.

Round Rock followed up Sunday’s 10-0 victory with another offensive outburst, and the win guarantees at least a split with the Zephyrs in the current four-game series.

The Express did their scoring in bunches Monday, putting up a three-spot in the fourth inning, scoring one more in the fifth, and finishing it off with three more runs in the sixth. Eight of the nine Round Rock starters registered a hit in the seven-run victory.

Joey Butler singled to lead off the top of the fourth inning, and Luis Martinez followed that with a walk. With two runners on base and nobody out, second basemen Greg Miclat smacked a double into the gap in left field, putting the first run of the night on the scoreboard. Express third basemen Matt Kata followed it up with a single, plating two more runs.

The Express continued tacking on runs in the following innings, and the eight runs the offense produced was more than enough for starter Greg Reynolds, who lowered his ERA to an even 3.00 and picked up his first win of the season.

Reynolds worked a masterful seven innings before running into trouble in the eighth when he allowed a solo home run to Zephyr’s designated hitter Sergio Pedroza. Pedroza’s dinger was the first run allowed from the Express pitching staff since Saturday, snapping a 16.2 scoreless inning streak.

Round Rock has outscored the American Southern Division-leading Zephyrs 18-1 over the last two games, and they have inched to within 4.5 games back in the standings.

The series wraps up early Tuesday afternoon in New Orleans, where Express starter Zach Johnson will be in charge of wrapping up the series win against Zephyr starter Tom Koehler.