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Hooks Win in 10 on Julks’ Jolt

Perez put CC on the board with an opposite-field shot to right in fifth
August 6, 2021

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Corey Julks pounced on the first pitch of the 10th inning Thursday night, capping a three-homer day for Corpus Christi and a 7-5 come-from-behind win over the Missions at Wolff Stadium. The Hooks have won three of their last four games. Trailing 4-0 in the fifth

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Corey Julks pounced on the first pitch of the 10th inning Thursday night, capping a three-homer day for Corpus Christi and a 7-5 come-from-behind win over the Missions at Wolff Stadium.

The Hooks have won three of their last four games.

Trailing 4-0 in the fifth against Adrian Martinez, the Double-A Central Pitcher of the Month for July, Joe Perez put CC on the board with an opposite-field shot to right field. The three-run blast was his 12th home run of the year, the second with the Hooks.

Prior to the outburst, Martinez had permitted just one run over a span of 37 2/3 innings. It marked the only damage done by Corpus Christi in four starts against Martinez.

Ross Adolph pushed the Hooks in front in the sixth by pulling an 0-2 pitch from southpaw James Reeves over the fence in right for a two-run homer and a 5-4 edge.

Adolph is hitting .424 with seven extra-base hits (three long balls) in his last 11 games.

Hooks hurler Matt Ruppenthal was shipped from High-A Asheville to make a spot start for Cesar Rosado. Ruppenthal, though, was forced to exit the game in the opening frame after being struck in the right arm by a line drive from Esteury Ruiz, which left the bat at 101 MPH.

After the Missions plated four in the second, Corpus Christi’s bullpen made a stand. Michael Horrell (3.1 IP), Nick Hernandez (2.2 IP), Jon Olczak (1.1 IP) and Devin Conn (1.0 IP) teamed to hold SA to one run over the final eight frames.

Conn, who spun two scoreless innings on Tuesday, picked up his second save with a perfect 10th. The 24-year-old sidewinder boasts a 1.45 ERA in 12 games with the Hooks.

SA squared the score in the sixth as the two clubs exchanged zeros over the final three scheduled innings to force extras.

The game-winning clout cashed in Sean Mendoza, who was the automatic runner placed at second. Julks has now hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games, batting .356 with 19 runs, seven doubles, three home runs and 10 RBIs.

Joe Record is slated to take the ball for CC Friday night. First pitch set for 7:05 at The Wolff.

Devin Conn, who earned the save with a perfect 10th Thursday night, owns a 1.45 ERA in 12 games with the Hooks. Daniel Reiner