The El Paso Chihuahuas led 4-1 early Thursday but nine unanswered runs by Round Rock gave the Express a 10-4 win. The Chihuahuas have won two of the first three games of the six-game series.
El Paso right fielder Brandon Dixon led off the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run to right field, his ninth Triple-A homer of the season, all of which have come in the last 13 games. Chihuahuas second baseman C.J. Hinojosa went 2-for-3 with a walk and a double, his eighth double in his last eight games. El Paso starting pitcher Matt Waldron picked off a Round Rock runner Thursday, which was the team’s 32nd pickoff this season to lead all of Minor League Baseball.
Chihuahuas first baseman Kyle Martin extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games with a double in the fourth inning. With Oklahoma City’s win Thursday in Albuquerque, the first-place Chihuahuas have a one-game lead over Oklahoma City and a two-game lead over Round Rock.
Team Records: Round Rock (75-63), El Paso (77-61)
Round Rock 10 El Paso 4 – Thursday
WP: Allard (3-3)
LP: Waldron (3-7)
Next Game: Friday at 6:35 pm Mountain Time at Southwest University Park. Round Rock RHP Cole Winn (9-6, 6.12) vs. El Paso RHP Jesse Scholtens (4-4, 4.32). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.