Hooks Hammer Hounds in Series Opener
MIDLAND, TX - The Hooks put together another offensive outburst on Wednesday night, beating the Midland RockHounds 11-6 in the opener of a four-game series. The Hooks have now won six straight games.
Corpus Christi jumped out to an early lead against Midland starter Joel Seddon and would never relinquish it. Carmen Benedetti, who was returning from a stint on the disabled list, ripped a two-run triple in the second inning to give the Hooks a 2-0 edge. Anibal Sierra then hit an RBI single to make it 3-0.
The Hooks (15-4, 58-30) then tacked on four more runs in the third against Midland reliever Cody Stull. Sierra collected a two-run single while Chas McCormick and Andy Pineda both notched run-scoring hits.
On the mound, right-hander Jorge Alcala gave up a run three early runs but settled down for the win. Alcala tossed six innings while allowing just those three runs and striking out four batters.
The RockHounds (5-14, 38-50) trailed 8-3 heading into the seventh. Edwin Diaz cut the deficit to 8-5 with a two-run single against righty Ronel Blanco.
In the top of the eighth, Lorenzo Quintana continued his hot hitting with a two-out, two-run triple into left centerfield to give the Hooks a 10-5 lead.
Alex Winkelman came on to pitch in the eighth and locked down the victory with two solid frames. He allowed a run in the eighth on a fielder's choice while the Hooks got an insurance run in the ninth on Benedetti's sac fly.
The Hooks and RockHounds continue their series on Thursday. Corpus Christi sends right-hander Brandon Bielak to the mound while Midland counters with right-hander Logan Shore. First pitch is at 7 p.m.
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