Hooks Rally Past Travelers 14-4

Corpus Christi (kiii sports)- George Springer and Michael Burgess homered twice as Corpus Christi scored 14 times in a four-inning span to roll Arkansas 14-4 Monday afternoon at Whataburger Field before 5,473.

Domingo Santana, who racked up a game-high four hits, also went deep. The Hooks' power surge was aided by wind gusts off Corpus Christi bay up to 32 mph.

The home club established season highs for runs and hits (16).

Nick Tropeano recovered nicely from a rough start to win for the first time in four decisions. He permitted four runs, eight hits and two walks while fanning three over five frames. Tropeano threw 86 pitches (52 strikes).

Bobby Doran notched his first save with four shutout innings.

C.J. Cron belted his second home run in as many days and fifth overall to give the Travelers a 1-0 lead. Cron's first-inning, two-out shot landed on the backside of the left-field berm.

Arkansas (25-24) quadrupled its advantage an inning later. Jett Bandy's RBI triple and a run-scoring single from Rolando Gomez were struck with authority. The other run producer was Cron's dump job to shallow center.

Jimmy Swift's one-out double kick-started the rally.

Burgess' fifth home run - a right-field bullpen shot off Matt Oye - cut the Travelers' lead to 4-1. His left-handed bomb went into the win.

Springer and Santana answered the challenge, drilling their 14th and eighth yard shots of the season, respectively, to begin the home third. Not to be matched, Burgess homered again after Erik Castro's double as the Hooks moved in front 5-4.

Oye (4-4) was gone after 2 1/3, seven hits, two walks and a strikeout.

His replacement, Caleb Graham, was victimized for two runs during the fourth, Castro's single plating Rene Garcia (lead-off walk) and Santana (one-out double).

In the fifth, Springer took Graham deep and the minor league lead in home runs, his grand slam to left extending the lead to 11-4. Jonathan Meyer tacked on an RBI double against Buddy Boshers and Castro crossed on a wild pitch. Yet another run scored when shortstop Gomez mishandled the third out.

The summary: seven runs on five hits and two errors as Corpus Christi (30-20) sent 12 to the batter's circle.

Garcia has reached base in a Texas League-best 27 straight games.

--Corpus Christi Hooks


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