The Round Rock Express and Albuquerque Isotopes were back at it on Friday night at Dell Diamond. Both starting pitchers were dealing before some late heroics from the Isotopes allowed them to take the lead and narrowly beat the Express with a final score of 2-1.
On the mound for the Express was left-hander Brock Burke, who came into the contest hoping to secure his first win of the season. Burke was outstanding in his appearance, managing to five scoreless innings, giving up only one hit, two walks, and had six strikeouts.
The Express was finally able to get a run across in the bottom of the seventh inning when Ryan Dorow and Elier Hernandez were able to draw back-to-back walks. With Dorow on second base, left fielder Delino DeShields came up and hit a single into left field to drive in Dorow, putting the Express up 1-0.
The Express sent out closer Jimmy Herget (1-1, 2.30 ERA) to finish the game in the top of the ninth, but the Isotopes had other plans. With the Express leading 1-0, the Isotopes were to get a leadoff single from the designated hitter, Connor Joe. After a one-out walk, the Isotopes had two runners on for Brian Serven hit and an RBI base hit that would tie the game 1-1. Alan Trejo would come up for the Isotopes and drive in the second run on an RBI groundout putting the Isotopes up 2-1.
A tough break for the Express as they would not be able to put anything together in the bottom of the ninth. The series is tied at one game apiece. The Express will be back in action on Saturday as they try to take the lead in the series.