FRISCO - Ramón Laureano's two-run triple in the ninth inning Monday afternoon sent the Hooks to a 7-6 triumph over the RoughRiders before 9,541 students at Dr Pepper Ballpark.Corpus Christi (22-22) has won seven of the last 10 games.
FRISCO - Ramón Laureano's two-run triple in the ninth inning Monday afternoon sent the Hooks to a 7-6 triumph over the RoughRiders before 9,541 students at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Corpus Christi (22-22) has won seven of the last 10 games.
With the Hooks trailing 6-5, Bryan Muniz opened the final frame with a single into right field. Alejandro Garcia was next and placed a sacrifice bunt down the third-base line. Jack Mayfield jumped ahead of Reed Garrett (1-5), 2-1, before depositing a sinking line drive into centerfield. Laureano then laced a 2-2 pitch into the gap in left to clear the bases.
Andrew Thome (3-1) coaxed three ground balls in a perfect ninth to complete Corpus Christi's first series victory since April 28-May 1 vs. Frisco.
All six runs scored by the RoughRiders Monday were unearned.
Hooks pitchers own a 1.78 ERA in the last 12 contests.
Kyle Smith worked the first five innings for Corpus Christi, scattering six hits and three walks. Smith has permitted just three earned runs in his last five assignments, spanning 25 frames.
Frisco's three-spot in the second was capped by a two-out RBI double off the bat of Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
Spotted a 3-1 bulge, lefty Yohander Méndez allowed one baserunner from the third through the fifth. Trent Woodward reached via a lead-off walk in the third but was promptly erased on a 4-6-3 double play.
Woodward worked another free pass to begin the sixth and, two outs later, J.D. Davis crushed a 2-0 pitch on to the Dr Pepper Patio in left field to tie the game at 3. Davis' two-run clout gives him 10 home runs on the year, tying him with Kyle Garlick of Tulsa for the Texas League lead.
The Riders (19-25) answered immediately. Jacob Dorris struck Matt Lipka with a pitch, giving Frisco a one-out baserunner. Lipka then stole second and advanced to third when Woodward's throw sailed into center. Jose Cardona delivered his second sac fly of the game, pushing the home team ahead 4-3.
Shane Wolff took over for Mendez and retired four in a row before Woodward and Drew Ferguson hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth for a 5-4 Corpus Christi edge.
The Hooks scored 16 times in the four-game series, and eight of those runs came courtesy of six long balls.
Ferguson has now hit safely in 19 consecutive games, the third-longest hitting streak in club history.
Frisco countered with two more unearned markers in the eighth. Corpus Christi has committed three errors in each of the last two games.
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