The Round Rock Express was back in action on Thursday night to kick off a six-game series against the Albuquerque Isotopes at Dell Diamond. Mother Nature would get in the way of this contest as the game was called after the fifth inning due to a thirty-minute rain delay, with the Express winning a close one, 7-6.
Yohel Pozo drove in three runs as the #RRExpress topped the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-6 in a rain-shortened contest on Thursday night at #DellDiamond!— Round Rock Express (@RRExpress) July 9, 2021
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Thursday night's matchup was a Copa de la Diversion game as both teams would celebrate the culture of Hispanic and Latino communities. The Chupacabras (Express) would send out left-handed pitcher Hyeon-Jong Yang (0-0, 2.92 ERA). Opposing Yang would be Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico (Isotopes) left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin (0-4, 7.91 ERA).
The Isotopes would get on the board at the top of the first inning as the Isotopes managed to get a couple of runners on base for center fielder Sam Hilliard, who would clear the bases with a three-run home run, putting the Isotopes up 3-0.
The Express would get a run in the bottom to the first as left fielder Delino DeShields would single to start the bottom half of the inning. Deshields would go on to steal second base and then eventually score on a pair of ground-outs.
In the top of the second inning, Yang would give up his second home run of the game as Isotopes third baseman Rio Ruiz would hit a two-run home run that would extend the lead for the Isotopes, 5-1.
The Express would answer back on the bottom of the third inning as the Express would cut into the lead as Jason Martin and Yohel Pozo would manage to get on base for Leody Taveras, who would drive them in on an RBI double. Taveras would score as well on a base hit from Curtis Terry as the Express managed to score three runs to cut the Isotopes lead, 5-4.
Yang would give up his third home run of the game as Isotopes second baseman Taylor Motter would hit a solo shot to left field, extending the lead for the Isotopes, 6-4. Yang would manage to get out the fourth inning without giving up any more runs, but that would be all for Yang as he would go 4.0 innings, giving up six hits, six runs, one walk, and four strikeouts.
The Express would get things going in the bottom of the fifth inning as they were able to load the bases for Martin as he would drive in a run on a groundout. Pozo would come up and would drive in two runs on a double that would give the Express their first lead of the game, 7-6. After the fifth inning, the game would go into a rain delay, eventually leading to the game being called shorty after. The Express would go on win game one of the series, 7-6.