Round Rock jumped on another Zephys pitcher making his Triple-A debut, roughing up Matt Tomshaw for 10 hits in 3.1 innings Sunday at Zephyr Field in the series finale.
“We know (Tomshaw) is capable of batter than that,” said manager Andy Haines, his team falling to 51-65. “And that (Express) lineup is really swinging the bat well over there.”
The Express, in first place in the American Southern Division, won the series four games to one. Tomshaw, called up from Double-A Jacksonville, was the fourth Z’s pitcher to make his Triple-A debut in this series.
Leonys Martin got things started for Round Rock (65-49) by leading off his second consecutive game with a double. The Express got two runs on three hits — two of them doubles. The second run came in on a wild pitch, the first of four in the game by Tomshaw, tying a franchise record.
Round Rock scored two more in the second on another leadoff double followed by a homer by Jared Hoying. The lead reached 7-1 before Joey Gallo greeted reliever Tyler Bremer with a towering grand slam to right in the fourth.
Ozuna to miss time
Center fielder Marcell Ozuna could be out three days or more with a sprained left wrist, Haines said.
Ozuna injured the wrist in the third inning Saturday. He was on first base when he tagged and advanced to second on a fly ball hit to deep left field. He left in the fourth inning and was examined.
“The good news is that his X-rays were negative,” Haines said. “(Sunday), the doctor actually came to see him again, and Ozuna said it’s much better.
“He was sliding into second, and he put his hand down, and he said he just felt something funny.”
Tomshaw was the 17th starting pitcher for the Zephyrs this season. He joined Bremer, Craig Stem and Ivan Pineyro this week as Zephyrs pitchers pitching in Triple-A for the first time.
Blake Logan, who pitched two games with the Z’s after coming from Jacksonville, was sent to Single-A Batavia to make room for Tomshaw. However, a source said the Miami Marlins were to call up Justin Nicolino on Sunday night.
Gallo taught well
Gallo’s home runs may remind Zephyrs fans of those hit by Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant, who came to Zephyr Field as a member of the Iowa Cubs.
Gallo, the Texas Rangers’ No. 1 prospect, and Bryant were taught to hit by the same Little League coach - Bryant’s dad, Mike - in Las Vegas.
“Me, Kris, Bryce Harper, we all kind of grew up together,” said Gallo, who hit four home runs in the series, including three in Thursday’s game. “(Mike Bryant) was my hitting coach from the time I could hold a bat, my whole time growing up.
“If you see our swing, me and Kris, we kind of swing up through the ball. I think that’s kind of why we’re able to hit balls far and drive balls.”
Gallo, however, has a .197 batting average. Strikeouts (57 in 128 at-bats) are a problem.
“I’m trying to get better pitch recognition,” he said. “I’m too aggressive, swing too much at pitches that are not hittable pitches.”