Hooks Rally For 6-5 Win Over NW Arkansas

Colin Moran's three-run homer keyed a four-run Corpus Christi eighth as the Hooks upended Northwest Arkansas 6-5 Wednesday at Whataburger Field before 4,949.

Two errors by third baseman Hunter Dozier opened the door. Carlos Perdomo and Delino DeShields, Jr., reached on miscues an out apart and reliever Brandon Finnegan caught Leo Heras looking at a called third strike before Moran prevailed in the lefty-lefty matchup, producing a towering bomb over the Naturals' bullpen in right field.

Finnegan then walked Telvin Nash, who scored all the way from first in the wake of Brandon Meredith's double and subsequent throwing error by right fielder Jorge Bonifacio.

David Rollins (3-4), who extricated Corpus Christi (22-30; 56-66) from two-out, two-on trouble in the eighth, picked up the win. Tyson Perez worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his ninth save in as many chances.

Finnegan dropped to 0-1, the victim of four unearned runs.

Hooks starter Josh Hader, promoted last week from High-A Lancaster of the California League, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his Sparkling City debut.

Hader lost the bid on a lead-off double down the left-field line by No. 9 hitter Angel Franco. The lanky lefty bounced back to strike out Lane Adams and Mitch Maier, but then walked Bonifacio and uncorked a wild pitch to put two Naturals in scoring position. Orlando Calixte slapped a single into right field for a 2-0 Northwest Arkansas lead.

Dozier followed with his fourth home run, a shot to the left-field berm.

Hader, who walked three and struck out six over 5 2/3, threw 93 pitches (59 strikes). He faced two batters over the minimum through five frames.

His counterpart, Christian Binford, pitched six strong innings, retiring 15 of 17 before Perdomo launched an 88-mph fastball into the Corpus Christi bullpen for his first home run of 2014. Binford scattered three hits and fanned eight.

Nash's mammoth 19th homer off Finnegan closed the Northwest Arkansas (25-26; 50-71) lead to 4-2 in the seventh. The Naturals responded vs. Double-A newcomer Juan Minaya in his second inning of duty, Dozier's two-out double preceding a Juan Graterol single.

--CC Hooks


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