Corpus Christi, TX - After the Springfield Cardinals plated three runs in the top of the eighth to force extra innings, the Corpus Christi Hooks struck in the bottom of the 10th for the walk-off win, 7-6, before 5,932 fans at Whataburger Field on Friday night.
The Cardinals (5-4, 38-39) struck first with three runs in the top of the second against RHP Matt Heidenreich. With two down and the bases empty, SS Jake Lemmerman and 2B Luis Mateo extended the frame with consecutive singles. C Audry Perez then chopped an RBI double just inside the left-field line, plating both runners. Perez cruised home next on an RBI double by LF Mike O'Neill, stretching the lead to 3-0.
The Hooks (5-4, 47-32) responded in the bottom of the third, capitalizing on a pair of Cardinals errors to plate five runs (one earned) against RHP Seth Blair. SS Jiovanni Mier started the charge with a one-out double, before coming in on a two-base throwing error charged to C Audry Perez after fielding a dribbler in front of the plate. CF Drew Muren ended up at second base on the play and quickly moved to third on a single from 2B Enrique Hernandez. C Rene Garcia brought Muren home from third with an RBI single, moving Hernandez around to third. 1B Erik Castro then shot a grounder to 1B Xavier Scruggs at first base, who tried to start the double play but fired wide of second base, resulting in Hernandez scoring, Garcia being safe at second and Castro reaching first. After a wild pitch, an RBI sacrifice fly by 3B Jonathan Meyer and an RBI double by RF Preston Tucker capped the rally, lifting the Hooks to the 5-3 advantage.
Corpus Christi stretched the lead with a tally in the bottom of the sixth. With one away and no one on, DH Max Stassi drove a solo home run over the left-center field wall, stretching it to 6-3.
The Cardinals, though, concocted another late-game comeback, plating three runs in the top of the eighth to tie the game. RF Chris Swauger led off with a triple to right-center field, before darting home on an RBI sacrifice fly by 1B Xavier Scruggs. Back-to-back base hits by Stanley and Lemmerman then got two runners on, and Mateo followed with an RBI single placed perfectly inside the third base line, plating Stanley. One out later, O'Neill struck again with a two-out RBI single to center field, bringing in Lemmerman to tie the game, 6-6.
Springfield and Corpus alternated scoreless halves of the ninth, forcing extra frames. Hooks RHP Andrew Robinson (W, 3-2) took over for the top of the 10th and dealt a 1-2-3 frame to keep it tied. Facing RHP Deryk Hooker (L, 1-3), the Hooks got two men on with only one away for Stassi. The Corpus Christi DH struck for his 10th RBI of the series, driving a game-winning RBI double to straightaway center field to propel the Hooks to the 7-6 walk-off win in the 10th inning.
The Cardinals continue the Texas road trip in San Antonio on Saturday at 7:05pm. Catch all the action live on Jock 98.7 FM and SpringfieldCardinals.com, and tune in 15 minutes early for the Coyote's Sports Cafe Pregame Show.
The Cards kick off a six-game homestand on Wednesday, July 3 against the Corpus Christi Hooks at 7:09pm.
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