Brad Snyder’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth gave the Round Rock Express a 2-1 victory over the Iowa Cubs (22-20) on Tuesday night at Dell Diamond. Iowa outhit the Express 11-4 but couldn’t string together any sustained offense.
Carlos Pimentel came up big for Iowa, getting the spot start after original starter Kyle Hendricks came up lame with a sprained ankle. Pimentel allowed only two base hits over six innings with one walk while striking out six batters.
Iowa jumped ahead 1-0 in the fifth when catcher Luis Flores launched his first home run of the season over the left field wall.
Jared Hoying tied the game at 1-1 in the seventh with an RBI double off the newest addition to the Iowa roster, Frank Batista. Batista retired the first batter he faced but each of the next four batters reached base, three via walk.
Iowa’s best chance to take the lead came in the eighth when it loaded the bases with one out. Cory Burns was able to coax Josh Vitters to hit into a double play to end the threat, setting up the Snyder’s ninth inning heroics against Iowa reliever Alberto Cabrera (3-1).
Mile Mikolas (1-0) picked up the victory for the Express (23-21), pitching a scoreless ninth.
Arismendy Alcantara, Christian Villanueva, and Javier Baez had two hits each for Iowa. With his two doubles, Baez has a five-game hitting streak, his longest of the season.
NOTES: Frank Batista joins the Iowa Cubs bullpen after a Mexican League stint. Hendricks ankle injury isn’t considered serious and he is expected to make his next start.