CORPUS CHRISTI (CC Hooks) - Scott McGregor led a parade of five Springfield pitchers as the Cardinals one-hit Corpus Christi 2-0 Friday night at Whataburger Field before 5,394.
Both teams are 1-1.
Austin Wates rapped McGregor's third pitch for an infield single and that was it for the Hooks, who struck out 13 times. McGregor pitched 5 2/3 innings, walked three and punched out five. Keith Butler, who saved 25 games for the Cardinals in 2012, struck out the side in the ninth.
Justin Wright, Deryk Hooker and Michael Blazek formed the bridge between McGregor and Butler. They combined for three walks and five K's.
Chris Swauger's first home run staked McGregor and the Cardinals to a 1-0 second-inning lead. Adam Melker followed with a single but was cut down at the plate by second baseman Ben Orloff on Tommy Pham's triple to right field.
Springfield's three-hit frame was the only damage allowed by Hooks starter Nick Tropeano, who pitched five innings, walked one and struck out five in his first Double-A start. The former SUNY Stony Brook All-American was Houston's fifth-round selection in 2011.
Melker was just the first Cardinal to be erased at the pay station. Jake Lemmerman, who stroked a two-out double to left in the sixth, was thrown out by Wates from left field.
Pham's second hit of the night pushed across some insurance for Springfield. Xavier Scruggs drew a walk off Bobby Doran to open the seventh, was balked to second and scored two outs later when Pham singled off the outstretched glove of shortstop Jiovanni Mier
Corpus Christi sends Asher Wojciechowski to the mound Saturday at 7:05 vs. lefty Anthony Ferrara. The first 2,500 fans receive a Hooks Orange Cap, compliments of Whataburger.