SAN ANTONIO - A sac fly by Diego Goris in the ninth inning Wednesday night propelled the Missions to a 5-4 victory and completed a three-game sweep of the Hooks at Wolff Stadium.
The result marked the first San Antonio sweep of Corpus Christi since the Missions beat the Hooks in the final three games of the 2011 season.
Corpus Christi jumped out to an early lead against Justin Hancock. Tony Kemp opened the contest with a home run to right field. Two of Kemp's three Hooks homers have been lead-off shots.
In the third, consecutive two-out, two-strike RBI singles by Conrad Gregor, Jonathan Meyer and Andrew Aplin staked Corpus Christi to a 4-0 advantage.
Following a lead-off single by Corey Spangenberg, Brady Rodgers retired 13 in a row. The string was snapped when Adam Buschini drew a one-out walk in the fifth. Moments after the free pass was issued, and following a visit from athletic trainer Bryan Baca, Rodgers exited the game.
Luis Cruz entered from the bullpen and promptly struck out Cody Overbeck. Base hits by Goris and Brian Bixler put the Missions on the board and brought Spangenberg to the plate. The second pitch got past catcher Rene Garcia, allowing the runners to advance into scoring position on what was ruled a passed ball. Spangenberg cashed in with a line drive to center, cutting the Corpus Christi lead to 1.
Cruz kept San Antonio in check for the next two frames before running into trouble in the eighth. With one away, Spangenberg slapped a bunt base hit past the mound. Casey McElroy, who homered twice on Tuesday, sent a single into right. One out later, Hunter Renfroe bounced a high chopper up the middle. Kemp made the play behind the bag and tried to force McElroy at second base. The throw was not in time and Ruben Sosa dropped the ball, allowing Spangenberg to score the tying run.
Buschini opened the ninth inning with a single to right. Cruz responded by striking out Cody Overbeck, bringing Goris to the dish. Cruz uncorked a 1-2 offering in the dirt, allowing Buschini, who had taken off on the pitch, to drop anchor at third base. Goris then hit a high drive to center and a desperate throw by Aplin was not in time as Buschini slid across the plate for the winning run.
The Hooks return to Whataburger Field for a seven-game home stand. Thursday's opener against first-place Midland begins at 7:10.