Hooks Hang on for 7-4 Win Before 6,365 Fans at Hammons Field
Springfield, MO - The Springfield Cardinals plated a pair of runs in the 8th inning, but the Corpus Christi Hooks hung on for the 7-4 win before 6,365 fans at Hammons Field on Friday night.
After four straight scoreless innings from Springfield RHP Chris Ellis (L, 5-7), the Cardinals (35-19, 70-54) broke through against Hooks RHP Franklin Perez (W, 2-1) in the bottom of the fourth inning. 3B Darren Seferina reached with a one-out single, before moving to second on a wild pitch. RF Adolis Garcia then rifled a two-run shot over the left field fence, his 10th home run of the season, propelling the Cardinals into the 2-0 lead.
Ellis and Perez exchanged scoreless frames in the fifth, but Corpus Christi (23-30, 57-66) swung in front with a big top of the sixth inning. Consecutive singles from C Carlos Canelon and 3B Arturo Michelena opened the inning with runners at first and second. An RBI double by LF Jason Martin then brought in Canelon and moved Michelena to third base, who darted home as the Cardinals threw to second to try to retire Martin. With Martin at second and no outs, Ellis retired the next two Hooks in a row. However, a two-out single from 1B Dexture McCall and an intentional walk to DH Jon Singleton loaded the bases with two away. Former Missouri State Bear and current Hooks RF Spencer Johnson lined a go-ahead RBI single to left field, leading to RHP Andrew Morales taking over with the bases full. 2B Ryne Birk, though, dealt the big blow of the inning with a grand slam, capping the seven-run rally and opening the Hooks advantage to 7-2.
RHP Andrew Morales and RHP Rowan Wick combined to keep the Hooks from adding to their lead the rest of the way, as the Cardinals chipped away in the bottom of the eighth. LF Randy Arozarena worked a walk to start the inning, before flying home on an RBI double by CF Magneuris Sierra. SS Tommy Edman promptly brought home Sierra with an RBI single to right field, brining the Cardinals within three runs. However, RHP Riley Ferrell (S, 2) took over and got the Hooks out of the frame with three straight outs, keeping it a 7-4 Corpus Christi lead.
Ferrell came back out for the bottom of the ninth and worked around a two-out single from 1B Jacob Wilson to close the 7-4 win for the Hooks.
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