ROUND ROCK, Texas – Mike Hessman’s two-run homer keyed a five-run fifth inning as the Oklahoma City RedHawks defeated the Round Rock Express 8-5 in Saturday night’s Pacific Coast League action at The Dell Diamond. The RedHawks (41-28) lead the series two games to one and have won five of seven against the Express (30-40) this season.
Julio Borbon gave the Express the game’s first lead with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second, but that was the only lead Round Rock would enjoy. Brad Snyder tripled and scored on an Angel Sanchez single in the fourth, and Oklahoma City sent eight batters to the plate in the five-run fifth. Jimmy Paredes had an RBI single, and Scott Moore provided a sacrifice fly ahead of Hessman’s homer. Snyder followed with a solo homer four pitches later.
That provided more than enough support for Oklahoma City starter Armando Galarraga (1-0), who made his second start with the RedHawks. He allowed only two hits other than Borbon’s homer over five innings with no walks and one strikeout; he also hit one batter.
Express starter Zach Jackson (2-8) lost his third straight and fifth of his last six starts. He allowed six runs on eight hits over six and two-thirds innings with no strikeouts, two walks and a hit batter. Jackson was provided fewer than four runs of support for the ninth time in his 13 starts.
Landon Powell added a one-out solo homer in the eighth. Brandon Barnes drew a leadoff walk in the ninth and later scored when Scott Moore grounded into a double play.
Round Rock mounted a rally in the ninth inning. Brad Nelson led off with a homer, his eighth of the season and first at The Dell Diamond. Mike Bianucci and Luis Martinez had back-to-back, two-out singles, and Matt Kata followed with a two-run triple. However, Borbon struck out to end the game.
Borbon was 3-for-5, also delivering singles in the first and eighth innings. He enjoyed a stretch of six straight hits dating back to a 4-for-4 night Friday before popping out to shortstop in the fifth. Borbon has hit safely in 23 of his last 24 games, going 47-for-105 (.448) in that time. Kata (2-for-3) replaced Tommy Mendonca at third base in fifth inning when the latter left the game after a collision at third base.
Barnes, Paredes, Hessman, Snyder and Sanchez all enjoyed two-hit nights, providing 10 of Oklahoma City’s 11 hits.
Round Rock and Oklahoma City conclude their four-game series Sunday with a 7:05 p.m. CDT first pitch at The Dell Diamond. Right-hander Roy Oswalt (0-1, 7.50 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Express, while right-hander Paul Clemens (8-4, 6.31 ERA) is slated to start for the RedHawks.