Corpus Christi (kiii sports)- Matt Duffy drove in both runs Wednesday night as Corpus Christi sliced San Antonio 2-1 in 11 innings in Game 1 of the Texas League South Division Series at Whataburger Field before 7,138.
The game-winner came on a sacrifice fly to right field off James Needy and scored Domingo Santana, who singled to open the home 11th. Jonathan Meyer pushed Santana and Erik Castro (walk) into scoring position by executing his first sacrifice of 2013.
Needy arrived Tuesday from High-A Lake Elsinore of the California League, where he made 27 starts.
Jonas Dufek picked up his eighth win to go with four saves in 15 appearances since joining the Hooks. Dufek worked two scoreless innings, as did bridge man Alex Sogard.
Santana denied San Antonio's first-inning scoring bid from right field by gunning Rico Noel at the plate. Noel opened the game with a triple to right-center. After Mike Foltynewicz fanned Cory Spangenberg, Adam Buschini flew to Santana in medium right. Hooks catcher Luis Alvarez initially missed the tag while blocking the plate, but successfully lunged after the scurrying Noel.
The F 9-2 double play was one of three in the early going. San Antonio turned two behind Matt Wisler in each of the first two frames. Corpus Christi posted a second twin killing in the fourth.
The Missions concocted two-out trouble for Foltynewicz during the third when Jeudy Valdez beat out an infield hit and Noel walked, but Spangenberg whiffed again on a 98-mph offering.
San Antonio broke through in the sixth thanks to two-out heroics from Tommy Medica. Noel was struck by a pitch and scooted into scoring position on an errant pickoff attempt. He advanced another 90 feet as Spangenberg laid down a sacrifice bunt before Medica's single to right-center past a lunging Santana.
The Missions wasted Yeison Asencio's lead-off double the next inning, the right fielder stranded at third when Santana made a leaping grab to snare Valdez' liner.
Wisler issued a one-out walk to Santana in the seventh and was lifted for Ryan Kelly. Castro greeted the right-hander with a single to right. Kelly struck out Meyer, but Duffy shot a game-tying hit the same way.
Wisler, who threw just 64 pitches through the first five innings, allowed two hits while facing two over the minimum through six. San Diego's seventh-round selection two years ago ultimately walked three and struck out four. Fifty-two of his 88 pitches were strikes.
Foltynewicz went a little deeper, using 104 pitches (60 strikes) to cover seven complete. He yielded five hits, walked two and recorded six strikeouts. Foltynewicz sat at 69 pitches through five. At one point he threw a 97 mph fastball, then a curveball clocked at 76.
It was San Antonio's sixth walk-off loss since August 1 and Corpus Christi's 12th walk-off win of the year.
Spangenberg owns a 16-game hitting streak.
Corpus Christi's Nick Tropeano (7-10) and Eddie Bonine (4-3) meet at 7:05 Thursday in Game 2 of the series.
--Corpus Christi Hooks