Bragg Tames Hooks in Spot Start

Ryan Hartman scatters two runs and three hits over five innings in tough-luck loss Thursday night. (Charlie Blalock)

By Corpus Christi Hooks | July 26, 2018 11:22 PM

Led by Sam Bragg and Joel Seddon, the RockHounds upended Corpus Christi, 4-1, before 4,692 fans Thursday night in the series opener at Whataburger Field.

The Hooks (20-14, 63-40) have now lost a season-high five games.

Corpus Christi's lone run came in the first. Carmen Benedetti worked a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a single by Chas McCormick. A deep fly ball from Abraham Toro advanced both runners into scoring position. Taylor Jones was next and hit a sharp grounder to short, scoring Benedetti. Martin caught McCormick in a rundown between second and third, cutting the rally short.

Bragg, who stranded two in the first, retired 11 of the last 13 men he faced.

The RockHounds (12-22, 45-58) erased a 1-0 Corpus Christi lead in the fifth with a two-out, two-run single off the bat of Tyler Ramirez. The damage came against Ryan Hartman who permitted just three hits in five innings of work. Hartman (9-3) struck out three and walked three.

Corbin Martin entered in the fifth and received a rude welcome. J.P. Sportman belted a solo home run to left field. With two away, Jonah Heim sent a double into the right-field gap. Luis Barrera was next and tripled into left-center, making it 4-1 Hounds.

Martin did not allow a hit over his final three innings.

Seddon (5-7) picked up the win by blanking the Hooks from the fifth through the seventh.

Jarrett Martin and Kyle Finnegan worked the eighth and ninth, respectively, with Finnegan picking up his sixth save.

The Hooks send Akeem Bostick (1-3, 3.86) to the mound for Friday's 7:05 tilt. Brian Howard (0-2, 3.18) is slated to take the ball for Midland.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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