Mayfield Leads Way in Saturday Night Romp

By Corpus Christi Hooks | July 16, 2017 1:14 AM ET

MIDLAND - Jack Mayfield belted two home runs and plated a career-high six runs Saturday night as the Hooks employed a five-homer attack to thump the RockHounds, 13-7, at Security Bank Ballpark.

Corpus Christi (11-11, 45-47), establishing a new season-high for runs in a game, forced a split of the four-game series.

Trailing 3-1, Kyle Tucker opened the third with a base hit to left field. J.D. Davis and Jon Singleton then coaxed walks from Heath Fillmyer (5-4). Mayfield belted an 0-2 pitch into the Midland (6-16, 41-51) bullpen in right field for the third Hooks grand slam of the year.

Jason Martin clubbed the next pitch over the 15-foot fence in center field, staking Corpus Christi to a 6-3 lead. One out later, Bryan De La Cruz capped the three-homer frame with his first Double-A dinger, a salvo down the right field line.

Mayfield made it 9-3 Hooks with a two-out, two-run poke off Carlos Navas in the fourth.

In the Corpus Christi sixth, Ramon Laureano, who turned 23 Saturday, seared a lead-off double down the left-field line. Lefty Brandon Mann walked Antonio Nunez, bringing J.D. Davis to the plate. The Texas League home run leader belted his 21st clout of the year, a no-doubter over the 18-foot fence in left field for a 12-5 bulge.

Martin, who was a single shy of the cycle, ripped an RBI triple past left-fielder Tyler Ramirez in the ninth.

Corpus Christi starter Framber Valdez was touched for three first-inning runs. Valdez bounced back by escaping a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the second. The 23-year-old lefty worked a 1-2-3 third.

Valdez (3-1), who permitted single markers in the fourth and fifth, was relieved by Cy Sneed in the sixth. Sneed finished the ballgame, holding Midland to a Ramirez two-run homer over the final four frames.

The duo struck out 11 RockHounds and walked two as Sneed pick up his first save.

The Hooks return to Whataburger Field for a four-game stand against Frisco, beginning Sunday night. Rehabbing Astro Collin McHugh gets the ball for Corpus Christi. McHugh will be opposed by Riders lefty Yohander Mendez (6-6, 3.94). First pitch 6:05. 

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

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