Hooks Win Fifth Straight with Sweep of Arkansas

A game-winning home run Sunday at Whataburger Field would have kept the night's theme intact.

Instead, it was the longest possible single by designated hitter Telvin Nash that made the difference in Corpus Christi's 5-4 triumph in over Arkansas in 10 innings.

Nash took a 3-1 Jairo Diaz pitch deep to right-center field off the wall's yellow line, scoring Tony Kemp from third and giving the Hooks their fifth straight victory. It was Corpus Christi's Texas League-best 10th win in 14 extra-inning affairs this season.

Before Nash crushed Diaz's 98-mph offering, Kemp began the home 10th by doubling down the left-field line. Delino DeShields' bunt then went for a base hit, advancing Kemp to third. Diaz collected himself, whiffing Teoscar Hernandez and opting for an intentional pass of Colin Moran to load the bases.

Diaz, the third Arkansas pitcher of the evening, dropped to 2-1. Tyson Perez, who bailed Corpus Christi out of a 10th-inning dilemma – one out with a runner in scoring position – improved to 4-0.

Conrad Gregor's 397-foot home run into the Hooks bullpen on an Orangel Arenas 92-mph fastball staked Kyle Smith and Corpus Christi to a 2-0 second-inning advantage. Gregor's initial 2014 HR followed a one-out double by Leo Heras.

Arkansas immediately halved the lead, Alex Yarbrough's ground out plating Andrew Heid (lead-off single). Eric Stamets chipped in with a double inside the third-base bag.

A wind-aided bomb to left from Hernandez re-established Corpus Christi's two-run cushion, but Stamets' homer the same way in the fifth pulled the Travelers to within a score at 3-2.

Smith was efficient during his five-inning, 68-pitch, 51-strike start. The former Royals farmhand yielded four hits and struck out five.

His relief, Travis Ballew, gave up a game-tying yard shot to Brian Hernandez with one away in the sixth.

Arenas, who lasted six complete, retired nine of 10 before turning the game over to Daniel Reynolds. Arenas allowed four hits and two walks while fanning three.

The Travelers pulled ahead 4-3 against Mike Hauschild in the eighth, Yarbrough's RBI double scoring Maikol Gonzalez from first base. DeShields answered, drilling a 3-1 95-mph Reynolds fastball over the yellow line just above the 400-foot marker in dead center.

The Hooks depart Monday for Midland and the start of a two-city, seven-game road trip.

-Courtesy CCHooks.com


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