Riders Win Series, Stay in Hunt

Taylor Jones has hit 18 home runs between Corpus Christi and Fresno this season. (Charlie Blalock)

By Corpus Christi Hooks | September 1, 2018 1:19 AM

FRISCO - The RoughRiders staved off elimination Friday night by edging Corpus Christi, 5-4, before 11,837 fans at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

The Hooks (37-29, 80-55) are 1.5 games ahead of Frisco (36-31, 60-77) with three to play in the Texas League South second-half race.

Corbin Martin had held the RoughRiders to two runs and four hits over the first five innings.

In the sixth, Juremi Profar belted a two-out, two-run home run to left-center to tie the game at 4.

The RoughRiders pulled ahead in the eighth. Jose Cardona worked a lead-off walk from Carlos Sierra, and raced to third on a double off the bat of Carlos Garay.

Kit Scheetz entered from the Hooks bullpen and induced a fly ball to shallow left for the first out. Preston Beck was next and sent a ground ball off the glove of a diving first baseman, Taylor Jones. Josh Rojas handled the deflection and managed to get an out a second, but the go-ahead run crossed the plate.

Adam Parks made the one-run lead hold by twirling a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

The Hooks posted a 2-0 lead in the first on back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Ronnie Dawson and Randy Cesar.

Jones made it 3-0 in the third by launching his 18th home run of the season to left-center field.

Frisco lefty Taylor Hearn struck out eight in five innings of work.

Walker Weickel picked up the win after pitching three innings of relief. Corpus Christi managed a run against him in the sixth. Cesar coaxed a walk and later scored on Eduardo de Oleo's two-out knock to center field.

The Hooks wrap up the regular year with a three-game set in San Antonio. Right-hander Brandon Bailey (1-0, 2.75) is slated to start Saturday's series opener. The Missions counter with Lake Bachar (3-7. 5.20).

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

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