Express take down Blue Sox

Published 10:14 pm Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Austin Blue Sox ran into a rough patch as they fell to Elko (10-5 Section 1B) by a score of 13-1 in eight innings in Marcusen Park Tuesday.

Austin (2-9 Section 1B) was within 5-1 after six innings, but the Express broke things open with three runs in the seventh and they added a grand slam in the eighth to enact the 10-run rule.

Austin Blue Sox third baseman Jose Laureano looks in a throw from the outfield against Elko Tuesday night at Marcusen Park. Eric Johnson/

“This game got away from us, but we battle with the guys we get,” Blue Sox manager Brandon Rector said. “We’re just trying to win ball games. Hopefully we can turn it on and be ready for the playoffs.”

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The Blue Sox scored their lone run when Clay Eustice had an RBI single in the third inning to bring Austin within 4-1.

Elko 1 1 2  0 0 1  3 5    13  17  1

Blue Sox 0 0 1  0 0 0  0 0    1    6   5

Blue Sox pitching: Jon Mittag (L) 7 IP, 15 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 K; Kevin Juenger, 1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 HBP

Blue Sox hitting: Quinn Yocom, 2-for-4; Nestor Jimenez, 2-for-3, BB; Clay Eustice, 1-for-3, RBI, BB; Miguel Castro, 0-for-4; Brandon Rector, 0-for-3; Brad Morris, 0-for-3; Carter Guthmiller, 1-for-3; Jose Laureano, 1-for-3; Franciso Colon, 0-for-2, R; Connor Eustice, 0-for-1

Austin Blue Sox Jon Mittag pitches in the first inning against Elko Tuesday night at Marcusen Park. Eric Johnson/