The Sounds’ offense struggled and managed two runs in game one and just one run in game two.
Round Rock used a four-run third inning to help score a 5-2 win in the first game Sunday afternoon. Doug Bernier started the scoring with a solo homer off Nashville starter Jesse Hahn.
After singles from James Jones and Hanser Alberto put runners at the corners with one out, Hahn lost command. He issued two walks to force in the second run of the inning, then hit batters with back-to-back pitches to force in two more runs.
With a 4-0 lead, Jones started the fourth with a triple to right-center. He scored on Delino DeShields’ base hit up the middle to boost Round Rock’s lead to 5-0.
The Sounds scored on an error in the bottom of the fifth, then got a solo blast from Matt Olson in the seventh but it wasn’t enough. Reliever Jimmy Reyes retired Arismendy Alcantara on a fly out to left field with two runners on base to end it.
Luke Jackson picked up the win after tossing 2 2/3 inning in relief, and Hahn was charged with the loss.
It was more of the same in game two as Round Rock jumped out to an early lead on another homer by Bernier. With Joey Gallo at second, Bernier deposited a pitch from Angel Castro in the left field seats for a two-run homer.
Nashville got one of the runs back right away when Tyler Ladendorf singled to left with one out in the bottom of the second. He moved to third on a base hit by Bruce Maxwell, and came in to score on Alcantara’s single to right.
That’s as close as they’d get, however, as the Express added a run in the third and kept the Sounds off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Starter Richelson Pena went four innings and reliever Jose Monegro went the final three to pick up the win. Castro picked up a quality start but was tagged with the loss.
The series concludes with the finale Monday night at First Tennessee Park. Left-hander Dillon Overton (7-4, 3.30) starts for the Sounds against right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-5, 5.03) for the Express. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.