SPRINGFIELD, MO - Josh Rojas' bases-loaded triple spearheaded a six-run sixth inning Tuesday night, as the Hooks rolled to an 11-4 triumph over the Cardinals in the series opener at Hammons Field.Corpus Christi (30-21) has won five of its last seven games.
SPRINGFIELD, MO - Josh Rojas' bases-loaded triple spearheaded a six-run sixth inning Tuesday night, as the Hooks rolled to an 11-4 triumph over the Cardinals in the series opener at Hammons Field.
Corpus Christi (30-21) has won five of its last seven games.
The Hooks unlocked a 4-4 tie by sending 11 men to bat in the sixth. Eight hitters reached before the first out was recorded. Jamie Ritchie put Corpus Christi in front with an RBI single off Yeison Medina. Myles Straw made it 6-4 by coaxing a bases-loaded walk from Ramon Santos. Rojas was next and seared a line-drive into the right-field alley, sending three home.
Randy César capped the barrage with a run-scoring single, which extended his hit streak to a Texas League best 21 games.
Yoanys Quiala (5-4) earned his second consecutive win by retiring 15 of the 19 men he faced, striking out six.
The Hooks' final marker came in the eighth. Ryne Birk opened the frame with a three-bagger, and then scored on Ritchie's single up the middle.
Richie went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
Corpus Christi established an early 4-0 lead in its first two turns, knocking Springfield starter Connor Greene out of the game. Taylor Jones accounted for half the production via an RBI single and sac fly.
The Cards leveled the score thanks to a pair of two-run home runs from Granden Goetzman and Chris Chinea off lefty Ryan Hartman.
The Hooks aim for a series win tomorrow evening. Corbin Martin (1-1, 3.38) is slated to faced Springfield right-hander Jake Woodford (2-5, 3.98). First pitch 6:30.