NORTH LITTLE ROCK - The Travelers withstood a late Corpus Christi surge Sunday afternoon to secure the series opener with a 7-5 victory at Dickey Stephens Park.
Trailing 7-0, the Hooks worked a pair of bases-loaded walks from Spencer Herrmann to begin the ninth inning. Consecutive RBI singles by Yuli Gurriel, Yordan Alvarez, and Randy Cesar followed. Nick Tanielu, facing Matt Walker, ripped a double into the left-field gap to plate two, making it a two-run game.
Walker responded by retiring the next three hitters to record the save.
Johendi Jiminian, making his debut as a Seattle farmhand, retired 18 of the 20 men he faced. Jiminian struck out five a permitted one hit, a Gurriel two-out double in the fourth.
Gurriel is 6-for-12 with two doubles and three RBIs in three rehab games with the Hooks.
Corpus Christi managed just two knocks prior to its uprising in the ninth.
The Travs used a 12-hit attack against Akeem Bostick (3.2 IP), Kevin Hill (1.1 IP), and Ralph Garza (3.0 IP). This production includes six doubles notched from the fourth through the sixth.
The Hooks look to level the series Monday night with lefty Cionel Perez on the hill. First pitch 7:10.
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