Hooks Score Early to Knock Off Frisco

Nolan Fontana and Tyler Heineman drove in two runs each and Troy Scribner picked up his first Double-A win as the Hooks held on against the Frisco RoughRiders 6-4 Friday night at Whataburger Field before a crowd of 5,947. The loss was just Frisco's third in its last 16 games.

Right-hander Jordan Jankowski made a spot start for Corpus Christi, with the regular rotation getting an extra day of rest, so Hooks relievers knew they would be called upon early and often Friday night. The bullpen corps included a pair of pitchers who had not yet pitched at Double-A and the Hooks offense gave their hurlers an early lead to work with.

After scoring seven two-out runs Thursday night, the Hooks continued the trend Friday. In the first inning, Andrew Aplin drew a two-out walk, scooted to second base on a wild pitch and scored on a two-base error committed by Frisco left-fielder Trever Adams.

The RoughRiders knotted the score in the top of the second off Jankowski. Jordan Brown led off with a double and scored on Chris Grayson's groundout to second.

Corpus Christi tacked on three in the second inning, including a couple more with two outs. Leo Heras doubled to start the frame and scored on a Tyler Heineman single. Chris Epps singled and moved to second on a wild pitch before Nolan Fontana doubled down the right field line to bring home both runners and put the Hooks in front 4-1.

That was plenty for the remaining Hooks hurlers who took the mound. Jankowski allowed a run in three innings and right-handers Scribner (1-0) and Michael Dimock, making their Double-A debuts, followed Jankowski on the hill combining to toss four shutout innings.

After the second inning, Frisco starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff (1-2) settled down, retiring nine straight at one point, before he walked a pair in the sixth. He put Leo Heras on base on four pitches, induced a pop out off the bat of M.P. Cokinos and issued another four-pitch walk to Tyler Heineman, which ended his night.

Right-hander Ryan Rodebaugh trotted out of the bullpen and promptly allowed a two-run double to Jio Mier to give the Hooks a five run lead. Eickhoff allowed six runs, five earned on six hits over five and one-third innings.

Patrick Urckfitz started the eighth inning for Corpus Christi and allowed a pair of unearned runs before he was removed with two outs. Jorge De Leon recorded the game's final four outs, around allowing an unearned run, to earn his first save of the season.

The Hooks and RoughRiders square off in the second game of the series Saturday at 7:10 PM, with the first 2,500 fans through the gates set to receive a Hooks Insulated Cup courtesy of Whataburger. Luke Jackson (2-0, 2.95), the Rangers' No. 8 prospect according to MLB.com, will take the mound for Frisco against Corpus Christi's Brady Rodgers (1-1, 1.61).

-Courtesy CCHooks.com


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