Hooks' Bats Cooled Off On Chilly Night at Whataburger Field

CORPUS CHRISTI (CC Hooks) - Kurt Heyer pitched seven innings of one-run baseball against Corpus Christi for the second time in a week as Springfield held off the Hooks 2-1 Monday at Whataburger Field before 4,488.

Heyer (1-1) allowed seven hits, walked one and whiffed three. Sixty-two of his 96 pitches were strikes. Relievers Joey Donofrio and Dean Kiekhefer teamed up to cover the eighth and ninth.

For the first time in 2014, a Hooks opponent scored first. The run was unearned. Mike O'Neil reached on shortstop Jio Mier's throwing error and tallied as the result of a James Ramsey single and Jonathan Rodriguez fielder's choice.

Corpus Christi's thrust for a first-inning run fell just short when Nolan Fontana was erased at the plate on a throw from center fielder Rafael Ortega. Fontana roped a one-out double to right and didn't have quite enough time to reach the pay station on Andrew Aplin's single.

 O'Neill then doubled the Springfield advantage. After Luis Cruz yielded a one-out single to Patrick Wisdom, the lefty walked Greg Miclat and Travis Tartamella to load the bases. Cruz followed O'Neill's sacrifice fly to center with an inning-ending fan of Ramsey.

Cruz (2-1), who went on to retire the last 11 men he faced, booked five innings, an earned run, two hits, two walks and three strikeouts. His pitching tandem partner, Ross Seaton, established a new Hooks team record by running his career innings pitched total to 368 1/3, surpassing Chance Douglass (365 1/3; 2006-08).

The Hooks made noise in the fourth, but Heyer pitched around no-out trouble and wriggled away. Fontana drew a walk and Aplin singled, but Matt Duffy (fly out), Preston Tucker (strikeout) and Tyler Heineman (ground out) were retired to squelch the threat.

Corpus Christi finally nicked Heyer for a run during the sixth, Fontana's one-out triple to right-center preceding a single to left by Aplin. Heyer induced a double-play ball off the bat of Duffy, Springfield's second twin killing in as many frames.

Tucker had his Texas League-leading eight-game hitting streak snapped.

Left-hander Tommy Shirley (1-1) faces Zach Petrick (1-0) Tuesday at 7:10 in the series and homestand finale.

-Courtesy CCHooks.com


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