Rosa Roasts Hooks

Jason Martin went 3-for-4 with an RBI double Saturday night (Rich Crimi)

By Corpus Christi Hooks | June 18, 2017 1:16 AM ET

MIDLAND - Viosergy Rosa drove in a career-best seven runs Saturday night as Midland upended Corpus Christi, 12-8, to salvage the finale of the four-game series at Security Bank Ballpark.

The Hooks (33-35) started the slugfest in the first when Jon Singleton launched a two-run home run onto the sidewalk beyond the right-field berm.

Rosa leveled the score at 2 in the home half, stroking a two-out, two-run double into left-center. 

Corpus Christi lefty Alex Winkelman (0-2) registered two strikeouts to begin the second. Brett Vertigan then doubled, Kenny Wilson worked a walk, and Yairo Munoz sent single into right field to load the bases. Beau Taylor rolled a grounder to shortstop Antonio Nunez but Singleton could not catch the throw to first base, allowing a run to score. Tyler Marincov laced a two-bagger down the left-field line, plating a pair and ending Winkelman's night.

Riley Ferrell was called upon to pitch to Rosa, who belted an 0-1 offering onto the right-field berm for a three-run home run. Midland (34-34) sent nine to bat in the six-run frame.

The Hooks answered with four off Ben Bracewell in the third. Jason Martin's two-out RBI double capped the rally, which made it an 8-6 Hounds lead. Singleton, Garrett Stubbs, and Jack Mayfield also netted RBIs in the inning.

Midland tacked on a pair in the fifth when Munoz cracked a two-run double off Andrew Walter, making his Double-A debut.

Sam Bragg (4-1) earned the victory, blanking Corpus Christi over 3 1/3 innings.

RBI singles by Drew Ferguson and Mayfield gave the Hooks single markers in the eighth and ninth.

Ferguson and Martin each had three hits to pace the 12-knock attack.

Rosa's final act came in the eighth. His second double of the night was at the expense of Sean Stutzman. The opposite-field drive plated Munoz and Marincov.

Of Midland's 12 runs, 10 scored with two outs.

Rosa is hitting .339 with four home runs, five doubles and 18 RBIs in 15 games against Corpus Christi. The 27-year-old left-handed slugger owns a .223 average vs. the rest of the Texas League, notching 5 homers and 26 RBIs in 50 contests.

The Hooks, who took three of four in Midland, return to Whataburger Field for an eight-game homestand. San Antonio (40-28) sends rehabbing Padres lefty Christian Friedrich (0-0, 12.46) to the hill in Sunday's series opener. Brock Dykxhoorn (1-3, 5.68) gets the ball for Corpus Christi. 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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