By Evan Ren
Killeen Daily Herald
ROUND ROCK San Antonio pitcher Rich Dorman may not have been overpowering in Thursday's start against Round Rock, but that didn't translate into ineffective.
Mixing a variety of off-speed pitches, many of which hit the radar in the high 70s, Dorman scattered four hits through five shutout innings in a 4-0 win at Dell Diamond.
Getting three frames of relief help from Chris Key and another from Aaron Taylor, Dorman escaped jams in the second and third innings to improve to 4-3 on the year.
His counterpart in the meantime, Round Rock's Wandy Rodriguez (9-5), allowed four runs on seven hits through six innings to take the loss.
For the second straight night, San Antonio's Hunter Brown did much of the damage at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. This, after homering twice in San Antonio's 8-3 win the night before.
Taking control of the game in the second inning, San Antonio got RBI singles from T.J. Bohn, Luis Oliveros and Eddy Menchaca, all of which followed a lead-off double by Michael Morse. Brown then capped the rally with an RBI double, giving the Missions a 4-0 lead.
Round Rock had an opportunity to tie the game in the sixth, when it loaded the bases on Key with one out, courtesy of two errors and a fielder's choice.
The threat ended when Hector Gimenez grounded into a double play, after which Key notched two additional shutout innings. Taylor then followed with a scoreless ninth.
It was the second straight loss for the Express (62-43, 17-18 second half) and the fifth defeat in its last six outings.
For first-place San Antonio (50-55, 20-15), the win was its second straight and gives it a three-game lead over the Express in the Texas League West.
The two teams will meet again in Game 4 of a four-game set tonight at 7:05 at Dell Diamond.
EXPRESS NOTES Thursday's game was delayed 14 minutes due to rain, and didn't end until 10:27 p.m. ... With an attendance of 9,125, the Express has drawn 503,586 fans this season, easily putting it on pace to break the 600,000 mark for the fifth straight year. Round Rock is leading the Texas League in attendance at more than 9,800 fans per game; Frisco is a distant second at 8,093.
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