July 15, 2017 - Texas League (TL) - Midland RockHounds
J.D. Davis and Jon Singleton are as dangerous a 3-4 combination as there is in the Texas League, if not in all of Double-A Baseball in 2017.
The pair powered a Corpus Christi comeback on Thursday night as the Hooks erased a 3-0 deficit to defeat the RockHounds, 6-3 at Security Bank Ballpark.
Singleton, who played in 114 games for the Houston Astros over two seasons (2014-15), belted a solo home run to the power alley in left- center in the fourth inning to put the Hooks on the board and Davis made the score 3-2 with a line drive single to center in the fifth.
In the top of the seventh, Antonio Nuî=B1ez sent a line drive double to right and Bryan De La Cruz singled to center, putting runners at the corners. Ramon Laureano's ground out tied the game and Joel Seddon struck out Kyle Tucker for the second out. Aaron Kurcz relieved Seddon, but fell behind Davis, 2-0. The Hooks third baseman then lifted his league-leading 20th home run of the season - a drive to virtually the same spot as Singleton's solo homer - to put Corpus Christi on top, 5-3.
Relievers Ryan Thompson and Andrew Walter each pitched two innings to close out the game. They surrendered a combined six hits, but the 'Hounds could not convert any of the base runners into runs. The RockHounds did out-hit Corpus Christi, 13-10, but left 11 men on base).
The RockHounds built the early lead scoring once in the first and twice in the third. Jordan Tarsovich's double and B.J. Boyd's single set the table in the first with J.P. Sportman's opposite field single bringing Tarsovich home. Boyd - who had a three-hit game -singled in the third, followed by RBI doubles from Viosergy Rosa and Sportman.
A.J. Puk, making his fourth start, had his best outing at the Double-A level. Oakland's #2 prospect allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk, while striking out seven. One of the runs came on Singleton's solo shot and Puk left the game with a 3-2 lead.
Joel Seddon (1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R/2 ER, 0 B, 1K) was tagged with the blown save and the loss, while Aaron Kurcz struggled for the first time since returning from Nashville (1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R/2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K).