Hooks Start 2018 with Series Win

Yoanys Quiala spun five innings of one run ball, striking out five

By Corpus Christi Hooks | April 7, 2018 11:55 PM

SPRINGDALE, AR - Corpus Christi used 14 hits and strong pitching performances by Yoanys Quiala and Erasmo Pinales to upend Northwest Arkansas, 8-2, Saturday night at Arvest Ballpark.

The top four hitters in the Hooks lineup, Myles Straw, Carmen Benedetti, Yordan Alvarez, and Taylor Jones, combined to go 8-for-17 with four runs, five RBIs, and four walks.

Benedetti's two-run single in the third helped fuel a three-run frame which flipped a 1-0 Naturals edge into a 3-1 Corpus Christi lead. He finished the night with a team-best three RBIs.

Stephen Wrenn led the hit parade with three knocks. Straw notched two singles and two walks, giving him five hits in 10 at-bats on the season. His on-base average stands at .706. Jones' lead-off double in the fifth was Corpus Christi's lone extra-base hit. He is now 5-for-10 at the plate in 2018.

Quiala (1-0) spun five innings of one run ball, striking out five against three hits and three walks. He stranded five men on base, including a pair in scoring position in the fifth.

Pinales, making his Double-A debut, retired 11 of the 13 men he faced, striking out four.

Corpus Christi begins a three-game set against the Arkansas Travelers Sunday afternoon. Akeem Bostick is slated to take the hill for the Hooks.

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

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