MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Round Rock's two-run home run in the first proved to be all they needed to get past the Memphis Redbirds in Wednesday night's 3-1 Express win.
Tyler Greene hit a home run in the first inning that cut the Express lead to 2-1. The Express scored had earlier in the inning when Mark Saccomanno cracked a homer to left that brought Brian Boguesevic.
Two home runs in the first inning quickly brought back memories of last night, where the 'Birds put up seven homers in a 10-home run game; but the game changed pace and became a defensive battle.
After allowing the two hits in the first, Express starter Jose Capellan shut down the 'Birds, only surrendering an innocent single to pinch runner Matt Shorey in the fifth.
"Give that guy [Capellan] credit," Manager Chris Maloney said. "He shut us down boy. After a couple of good balls hit in the first inning, we couldn''t do much with it."
Capellan earned his second win of the season, fanning five 'Birds and walking one over six innings. Three Express relievers came in to produce three innings of hitless baseball, securing the victory. Casey Daigle notched the save, his fifth, by striking out one in the ninth.
The Redbirds Adam Ottavino made his 20th start of the year and entered the contest on a three game win streak. The right-hander allowed three runs on nine hits over five innings of work to earn him his first loss since June 21. Relievers Matt Scherer and Pete Parise each pitched two innings to record one punch out and one hit apiece.
Notes: The game started after a one hour and twenty-eight minute rain delay...six of the Redbirds nine offensive innings were quick 1-2-3 innings...Tyler Greene has a total of four homers over his last four games.
The Redbirds will bring right-hander P.J. Walters to the mound Thursday night against Round Rock's Yorman Bazardo. Game time is at 7:05 P.M.; gates open at 6:00.
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