Corpus Christi, TX - The Corpus Christi Hooks claimed the series finale with a 6-1 win against the Springfield Cardinals before 3,703 fans at Whataburger Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Hooks (30-20, 73-46) seized the early lead right out of the gates against RHP Anthony Shew (L, 6-7). After a two-out walk extended the bottom of the first, 3B Abraham Toro sent a two-run home run to right field, opening a 2-0 lead for Corpus Christi.
Corpus Christi added to the advantage in the bottom of the third. With runners at second and third and two away, Torres tapped an RBI infield single toward short, reaching safely and allowing RF Ronnie Dawson to dart home for the 3-0 lead.
Hooks RHP Akeem Bostick (W, 2-4) had kept the Cardinals (21-29, 54-66) off the board through his first four innings, including a stretch of 10 straight outs, but Springfield broke through in the top of the fifth. A base hit by DH Andrew Knizner and walks from C Jeremy Martinez and CF Chase Pinder loaded the bases with one away. SS Jose Martinez then skied an RBI sacrifice fly to left-center, bringing home Knizner to shave the deficit to 3-1.
The Hooks, however, stretched the lead right back out in the bottom of the fifth. After a hit batter and a base hit, DH Carmen Benedetti brought in a run with an RBI single to center. One out later with runners at second and third, SS Josh Rojas plated both Hooks with a two-run single to left-center, padding the advantage to 6-1.
Corpus LHP Ryan Hartman entered in the top of the sixth and dealt three scoreless frames, before RHP Carlos Sierra logged a scoreless ninth to close the 6-1 win for the Hooks.
Bob Gibson Career Highlights Bobbleheads, Snoopy Bobbleheads and more August 14 - 19
Springfield 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.
For information about becoming a Season Ticket Holder, organizing a Group Outing, booking a Birthday Party or ordering Individual Game Tickets right now, call the Front Office at (417) 863-2143 or visit SpringfieldCardinals.com.
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