Round Rock Express Fall To Sugar Land Skeeters

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The Round Rock Express and Sugar Land Skeeters were in action on Saturday night at Dell Diamond Stadium in Round Rock. Aside from the holiday fireworks, the Express were hoping to have some late-inning fireworks of their own, but ultimately, the Skeeters could hold on to their lead and beat the Express, 3-1.

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After a thrilling walk-off two-run home run from Express catcher Yohel Pozo the night before, the Express were hoping to ride that momentum coming into the contest on Saturday night. The Express sent left-handed pitcher Brock Burke (0-4, 8.18) to the mound to face a Skeeters lineup capable of scoring runs in convincing fashion. Burke took the loss as he went 4,2 innings, allowing one run on four hits, two walks, and striking out seven.

On the other side, the Skeeters sent right-handed pitcher JP France (1-0, 2.03). France secured his first win of the season as he went 5.2 scoreless innings, giving up only three hits, five walks, and nine strikeouts in his outing on Saturday night.

Both pitchers seemed to be locked into a pitcher’s duel through the first three innings of play. In the top of the fourth inning, the Skeeters were able to get on the board as right-fielder Jose Siri hit a solo home run to left-center field, quickly putting the Skeeters out in front 1-0.

The Skeeters struck again in the top of the sixth inning as center fielder Bryan De Le Cruz hit his first of two home runs on the night to deep left field, putting the Skeeters up 2-0. The Express got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning on an RBI single from Delino De Shields, cutting the Skeeters lead, 2-1.

In the top of the eighth inning, the Skeeters added some insurance from De La Cruz again as he hit his second home run of the night, putting extending the Skeeters’ lead to 3-1. The Express loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for Pozo, who was the hero the night before, but lighting would not strike twice as he struck out ending the game.

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Jeff "Rip" Griffin is a current MLB writer covering the Houston Astros. Rip is also the host of The Rip Griffin Show on Apple Podcasts. Rip holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, focusing in Sports Management from the University of Houston - Victoria.