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Express shut out in defeat

Three pitchers teamed up to throw a shutout as the St. Cloud Rox blanked the Eau Claire Express 2-0 on Thursday in St. Cloud, Minn.

Riley Cornelio threw six shutout frames to start for the Rox, and Josh Gainer and Kevin Davis finished off the job.

Eau Claire out-hit the Rox 6-5, but couldn’t bring in any runners to score. St. Cloud broke a scoreless tie on a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning and added another run on a bases-loaded walk.

No run support spoiled a standout start from Eau Claire’s Shane Spencer. He worked 7.1 strong innings.

Nick Marinconz had a pair of hits on an otherwise forgettable night for the Express offense.

The teams play a rematch on Friday night before Eau Claire travels to La Crosse for a Saturday matchup. The Express return home against the Loggers on Sunday afternoon.

From staff reports