Runs continue to be a precious commodity in the series between the RockHounds and Corpus Christi Hooks.
Tuesday, the Hooks scored in the third inning and went on to a 1-0 win. After that single run was scored, the clubs would play 12 scoreless frames, stretching until the seventh inning Wednesday, when the 'Hounds broke a scoreless tie. The Hooks answered in the home half of the seventh, then marched a RockHounds run in the 10th. Corpus Christi then pushed home the game-winning run in the last of the 11th.
Zach Neal turned in (by any measure) a "quality start" for the RockHounds, going 7.0 innings and allowing one run (earned) on six hits and two walks, striking out seven. In six starts, Neal is 2-0, with a 2.04 ERA.
The 'Hounds broke the scoreless tie in the seventh on a Dusty Coleman single and stolen base, a Beau Taylor ground out (pushing Coleman to third) and a sacrifice fly from Darwin Perez. Corpus answered with a Ben Orloff leadoff single and Erik Castro's RBI double.
The 'Hounds had two runners on with one out in the eighth and ninth, but grounded into inning-ending double plays in both innings.
D'Arby Myers opened the 10th with a swinging bunt single and was pushed across following an Anthony Aliotti walk, a fielder's choice, and Jefry Marte's RBI ground out. Again, the Hooks came right back, tying the game again on a single from Castro, a sac bunt, and Ren Garcia's RBI single (against 'Hounds closer Kyler Newby).
The Hooks scored the game-winner when Domingo Santana walked to open the 11th and stole second, compounded by Beau Taylor's throwing error. Orloff's single past the drawn-in infield brought Santana home.
San Antonio defeated Frisco, 8-3, so Corpus Christi (15-11) now leads both the Missions and RoughRiders (14-12) by one and the RockHounds (13-13) by two.
Kibbles & Bits
- The RockHounds face the Hooks in Corpus Christi Thursday and Friday, with game time set for 7:05 both nights.
- Anthony Aliotti went 3-for-3 plus two walks, and is now hitting .350 for the season.
- The 'Hounds have dropped a season-high five straight.
Line Score R H E LOB
RockHounds 2 8 1 9
Corpus Christi Hooks 3 10 2 10
WP Andrew Robinson (1-1, 1.59)
LP Kyler Newby (0-3, 2.51)
vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston Astros' AA Affiliate)
Thursday, May 2 7:05 p.m. Radio at 6:58 p.m.
Whataburger Field Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi (RH) David Martinez (2-0, 1.19)
RockHounds (RH) Sean Murphy (0-0, 2.19)