April 21, 2017 - Texas League (TL) - Corpus Christi Hooks
FRISCO - J.D. Davis belted a solo home run to left field in the 11th inning Thursday night, powering the Hooks to a 7-6 win over the RoughRiders in the series opener at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Corpus Christi (9-4) has scored 34 runs on 53 hits in the last four games.
The Hooks jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the third thanks to a two-out three-run shot by Alejandro Garcia . In his last 10 games, Garcia is hitting .395 with three doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs.
Frisco (6-7) answered with a four-run fourth against lefty Kent Emanuel . Jose Cardona singled and Luis Mendez coaxed a two-out walk, the lone free pass issued by Emanuel. Michael De Leon capitalized with a two-run double, and Scott Heineman, the younger brother of former Hooks catcher Tyler Heineman, followed by belting a 1-0 pitch over the fence in left-center.
Riders starter Yohander Mendez employed a double play in the fourth and sidestepped a two-out Jon Singleton double in the fifth.
Corpus Christi broke through in the next inning. Jack Mayfield walked and went first-to-third on a double by Jamie Ritchie, his second of the night. Bryan Muniz rolled a single up the middle to plate Mayfield, leveling the score at 4.
Eric Peterson and Riley Ferrell each worked two scoreless innings, setting the stage for an eventful ninth.
With the game still tied, Frisco lefty Adam Loewen allowed two runs to score on four walks and a hit batsman. Ramon Laureano 's single was the only hit of the frame. Antonio Nunez tried to score from second on the knock, but was cut down by the centerfielder Cardona.
The Riders took advantage of a Michael Freeman throwing error in the home half. Heineman worked a nine-pitch walk to begin the inning. Freeman tried to force him at second on a bouncer back to the mound but his throw sailed into center. An RBI groundout and a two-out double by Royce Bolinger made it a 6-6 affair.
Freeman (2-0) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 10th, giving the Hooks a chance in the 11th. Ryne Slack, who retired five of the six men he faced, was pulled in favor of Nick Gardewine. Davis crushed Gardewine's (0-1) first pitch onto the berm in left-center.
The blast, Davis' second in as many contests, extended his hit streak to eight games. Davis is batting .392 with two doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs in his last seven assignments.
Jacob Dorris spun a 1-2-3 11th for his first save.
The series continues Friday night as Josh James (1-0, 0.00) takes the ball for Corpus Christi. Frisco sends Reed Garrett (0-2, 13.50) to the hill in the 7:05 tilt.