Bukauskas Strong as Hooks Win Opener

No. 5 prospect goes 6.0 innings vs. Amarillo in 3-1 win

Houston's No. 5 prospect struck out five in picking up a no-decision in Thursday's win over Amarillo (Olivia Rook/Corpus Christi Hooks)

By Dan Reiner / Corpus Christi Hooks | June 6, 2019 10:25 PM

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Hooks snagged a 3-1 win Thursday behind a solid outing behind highly-touted Astros prospect J.B. Bukauskas against the visiting Amarillo Sod Poodles.

Bukauskas tossed 6.0 innings of one-run ball, fanning five while allowing five hits and two walks.

He wiggled out of a first-inning, bases-loaded jam caused by a single, a walk and a fielding error. But he got Kyle Overstreet to fly out to end the threat.

Corpus Christi got on the board in the second on a moonshot homer from Granden Goetzman, his Texas League-leading 13th of the season.

Amarillo tied the score in the fifth on an Edward Olivares RBI single off Bukauskas.

Chas McCormick delivered the go-ahead RBI with a single in the bottom of the seventh against David Bednar (L, 0-5) that scored Ramiro Rodriguez, making his Double-A debut. Javier Bermudez, also playing in his first Double-A game, scored on a wild pitch to add an insurance run.

Layne Henderson (W, 1-1) and Nick Hernandez (S, 1) combined for 3.0 shutout innings to secure the win.

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

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