Hooks Hold On Late

Club notches third series victory

By Corpus Christi Hooks | April 13, 2013 8:22 PM ET

SPRINGFIELD, MO - Jake Buchanan battled through five innings and Corpus Christi's bullpen got key outs late as the Hooks fashioned a series victory over Springfield with a 3-2 triumph Saturday night at Hammons Field. 

The Cardinals sent seven men to the plate in the first and scored twice on a home run to left field off the bat of Jake Lemmerman.  Buchanan (1-0) settled in from there, yielding just one hit over the next four frames to earn the victory. 

Right fielder Domingo Santana started the scoring for Corpus Christi (7-2) in the fourth.  With one away, he singled, stole second and advanced to third on a base hit to left by second baseman Enrique Hernandez.  Catcher Carlos Perez bounced into a force play at second, allowing Santana to score.  First baseman Erik Castro cracked a single into right, sending Perez to third.  With third baseman Ben Orloff at the plate, Castro took off for second and engaged in a rundown long enough for Perez to race home to tie the game. 

Perez gave Corpus Christi the advantage in the sixth with a two-out RBI double to right field. He was thrown out at third base trying to extend the play into a triple. 

Carlos Quevedo entered in relief of Buchanan, setting down Springfield (3-6) in order in the sixth and seventh. 

He got into trouble in the eighth after a Lemmerman walk and a Ruben Gotay double placed runners at second and third with one away.  Quevedo bounded back to strikeout clean-up hitter Xavier Scruggs for the second out.  Hooks skipper Keith Bodie then summoned southpaw Alex Sogard to face left-handed Adam Melker, who struck out looking on a 3-2 fastball. 

Tommy Pham began the ninth and stroked a single into left on the first pitch from Corpus Christi closer Jason Stoffel.  Pham promptly tried to steal second but was gunned down on a perfect throw from Perez.  Stoffel worked around another single, striking out Neal Pritchard to earn his third save of the season.

The Hooks open up a three-game set tomorrow afternoon at ONEOK Field in Tulsa.  Nick Tropeano and Bobby Doran are slated to face Drillers lefty Tyler Matzek.  First pitch is 2:05.   

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