Brian Humphries' 13th-inning single to center scored Tyler Massey from third to lift Tulsa to a 4-3 win Sunday afternoon at ONEOK Field before 4,948.
Travis Ballew (4-3) came out of the bullpen to start the 13th and induced a fly out by Ryan Casteel. Then Massey singled, Harold Riggins walked and Humphries delivered to bring Tulsa its second extra-inning victory in three days.
To get the game to extras, Andrew Aplin threw out the would-be go-ahead run at the plate to end the eighth inning. With runners at first and second and two outs, Joey Wong singled to right field. Tulsa manager Kevin Riggs waved Massey around third, but Aplin unleashed a strike to the plate to record the inning's final out and preserve the 3-3 tie. Aplin would end the day with three outfield assists, bringing his season total to nine - second in the Texas League.
There was only one strong run-scoring opportunity in extras before the Humphries' single and it belonged to the Hooks. Jio Mier walked leading off the top of the 12th and reached third base with two outs, but DeShields struck out looking to end the inning. That chance came against Tulsa right-hander Nate Striz (2-0), who hurled three shutout frames.
Alex Sogard was a standout performer for Corpus Christi in extras, allowing just one hit and one walk over three scoreless innings.
The Hooks led the matinee 2-1 through five innings on the strength of RBIs from Leo Heras and Carlos Perdomo in the fourth inning, and the stellar work of Luis Cruz. Corpus Christi's left-handed starter had allowed one run on three hits through five and was on the verge of escaping the sixth, when Harold Riggins homered with two outs to tie the game at two.
Richard Rodriguez relieved Cruz to begin the bottom of the seventh and yielded Tulsa's third run. David Bergin started the frame with a single and was pinch-run for by Joey Wong. Wong moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Taylor Featherston's double to put the Drillers ahead 3-2.
Corpus Christi answered with the tying run in the eighth. Reliever Nelson Gonzalez walked the leadoff hitter, Delino DeShields, and was removed from the game. Kraig Sitton replaced Gonzalez, and DeShields moved station-to-station before he scored on a two-out Perdomo single. After the game-tying single, Sitton was untouchable, as he retired the next six Hooks hitters he faced.
Rockies' top prospect Jon Gray started the game for the Drillers and took a no-decision, allowing two earned runs on four hits in five innings pitched. Tulsa catcher Ryan Casteel extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-hit afternoon.
The 13-inning game tied the longest game of the season for the Hooks, who last played as many frames June 7 against San Antonio. The game took four hours and 18 minutes to play, coming four minutes shy of Corpus Christi's longest game, in terms of time, in 2014. The Hooks and Midland RockHounds took four hours and 22 minutes to play 12 innings April 22.
Corpus Christi plays its final game at ONEOK Field Monday at 7:05 PM, when the Hooks send RHP Brady Rodgers (3-9, 4.56) to the mound against Tulsa's LHP Tyler Anderson (3-3, 2.74). The Hooks are off Tuesday and begin a three-game series against Springfield at Whataburger Field Wednesday night.
-Highlights courtesy KTUL-TV