Corpus Christi, TX - The Corpus Christi Hooks evened the series with a 5-2 win against the Springfield Cardinals before 5,459 fans at Whataburger Field on Saturday night.
One night after being shut out by Springfield (21-28, 54-65), the Hooks (29-20, 72-46) came out swinging in the bottom of the first against LHP Genesis Cabrera (L, 0-1). Leading off the inning, CF Ronnie Dawson connected for a solo home run to left field, opening the early 1-0 lead.
After back-to-back walks from the Hooks opened the bottom of the second, consecutive RBI doubles by SS Anibal Sierra and Dawson opened the Corpus advantage to 3-0.
The Cardinals got on the board in the top of the third against RHP Corbin Martin (W, 7-2). SS Jose Martinez led off with a walk before moving to second on a wild pitch. One out later, 2B Andy Young blasted an RBI double up against the wall in left field, shaving Springfield's deficit to 3-1.
The Hooks got the run back in the bottom of the fourth. One out singles from Dawson and RF Stephen Wrenn were compounded by a balk from LHP Elniery Garcia, putting runners at second and third. DH Carmen Benedetti then skied an RBI sac fly to center, plating Dawson to make it 4-1.
Springfield sliced it back to a two-run difference in the sixth when 3B Evan Mendoza reached on a fielder's choice, tagged and took second on a fly out and then worked around from second base on a pair of wild pitches, making it 4-2.
The Hooks, however, added a final insurance run in the eighth with an RBI double from C Lorenzo Quintana, before LHP Alex Winkelman (S, 4) closed it with a scoreless ninth to wrap up the 5-2 win for Corpus Christi.
Bob Gibson Career Highlights Bobbleheads, Snoopy Bobbleheads and more August 14 - 19
The Cardinals close the trip in Corpus Christi on Sunday at 2:05pm. Catch all the action live on Jock 98.7FM and SpringfieldCardinals.com, and tune in 15 minutes early for the Coyotes Sports Cafe Pregame Show.
Springfield then returns home for a fun-filled homestand from Tuesday, August 14 - Sunday, August 19, featuring:
-Tuesday, August 14, 6:30pm - Great Southern Bank $1 Dog Day and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield School Supply Drive. Gates open at 5:30pm.
-Wednesday, August 15, 6:30pm - Purina Woof Wednesday with dogs welcome at the game. Gates open at 5:30pm.
-Thursday, August 16, 7:10pm - Henry's Towing Baseball Card Set Giveaway (2,000) and Klement's $1 Bratwurst Night. Gates open at 6:10pm.
-Friday, August 17, 7:10pm - Fans-On-Field Fireworks and Wedding Dance Party. Gates open at 6:10pm.
-Saturday, August 18, 6:10pm - Maria's Mexican Restaurant Bob Gibson Career Highlights Bobblehead Giveaway (2,000) and Specialty Jersey Auction to benefit Springfield Sports Commission. Gates open at 5:10pm.
-Sunday, August 19, 6:10pm - Peanuts & St. Louis Cardinals Snoopy Bobblehead Giveaway (2,000), Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sunday and Kids Run the Bases. Gates open at 5:10pm.
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