Hooks Capitalize on Missions' Miscues to Win 6-3

Marc Wik had a Double-A debut to remember Monday night at Whataburger Field. Wik drove in three runs, two on the second home run of his professional career, as Corpus Christi downed San Antonio 6-3 before 4,516 at Whataburger Field.

The Hooks improved to 16-15 in the first half of Texas League play, while San Antonio slipped to 13-17.

Wik's opposite-field, two run blast to left off Matt Branham during the sixth extended the Corpus Christi lead to 6-2.

Wik arrived in town Saturday from extended spring training and had never played above Short Season Class A. He was selected by Houston in the 21st round of the 2012 draft from Chabot (Calif.) College.

Corpus Christi took advantage of three Missions errors while building a 2-0 first inning lead against John Hussey (1-1). First baseman Jason Hagerty booted lead-off man Joe Sclafani's grounder. Nolan Fontana then dropped a sacrifice bunt attempt, which catcher Austin Hedges mishandled. His throw struck Fontana, enabling Sclafani's advance to third.

Andrew Aplin hit into a fielder's choice, pushing Sclafani home. Jio Mier's two-out single plated Aplin after the Hooks shortstop moved into scoring position on a single blistered up the middle by Preston Tucker .

San Antonio responded, Kyle Gaedele and Lee Orr topping the third with consecutive homers to left off Tommy Shirley.

The Hooks regained their two-run advantage an inning later. Wik's RBI ground out scored Tyler Heineman. Heineman drew a one-out walk and scooted to third when Rene Garcia doubled. Garcia subsequently tallied on Sclafani's infield hit.

Hussey's night ended with four innings, two earned runs, six hits and a walk. Shirley (3-2), who lasted four outs longer, gave up three hits, three walks and fanned three.

Yeison Asencio's blast to the left-field cotton press off Travis Ballew pulled the Missions to within three in the seventh.

Jorge De Leon pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Heineman owns a nine-game hitting streak; Hedges has hit in six straight.

Brady Rodgers (1-3) pitches for Corpus Christi in the series finale Tuesday at 7:10 vs. Josh Geer (1-3).

-Courtesy CCHooks.com


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