The Hooks (46-37) took advantage of some mistakes by the Naturals' defense to put up three runs in the top of the first inning. Jonathan Villar worked a walk to lead off the game for the Hooks and Andrew Simunic followed with a single. Drew Locke singled and Villar scored on a throwing error by right fielder Nick Van Stratten to make it 1-0. The Hooks picked up two more runs, one on a ground out by Jonathan Singleton and another on an RBI single by Kody Hinze.
The Hooks added on two more runs in the top of the third inning getting an RBI double from Locke and Jair Fernandez added an RBI single to make push the lead to 5-0. Noel Arguelles (2-9) went five innings allowing six hits and five runs, while walking three for the Naturals.
The Naturals' (41-42) offense got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning stringing together three singles. Nick Van Stratten and Brian Fletcher hit the first two, with Johnny Whittleman delivering an RBI single to cut the deficit to 5-1.
The Hooks picked up four more runs in the top of the sixth inning. Fernandez hit a solo home run his fourth of the seasoto make it a 6-1 game. Villar tacked on a three-run home run of his own to push the lead out to 9-1.
Bobby Doran (3-0) missed the Naturals' bats when he had to. The Hooks starter went five innings allowing seven hits, but just one run while walking one and striking out three.
The Naturals offense got on the board again in the bottom of the sixth inning. The run came on an RBI single by shortstop Alex McClure. McClure went 3-for-4 on the night to raise his average to .324 in Double-A.
The last run of the night was driven home by Singleton in the bottom of the eighth inning. The RBI was the 47 of the season for Singleton.
The Naturals continue their three-game series against the Hooks tomorrow night at 7:05 PM. The Naturals will send Sugar Ray Marimon (1-0, 0.77) against the Hooks Ross Seaton (5-5, 3.93) The game can be heard on ESPN 92.1 The Ticket.