CORPUS CHRISTI (CC HOOKS) - Shortstop Antonio Nunez’s one-out, bases-loaded single scored Garrett Stubbs to give Corpus Christi a 5-4 triumph over Midland in Game 2 of the Texas League South Division Series Thursday at Whataburger Field before 3,749.
Cody Stull (0-1) walked Stubbs and gave up Ramon Laureano’s bounding infield single over the head of third baseman Yairo Munoz. J.D. Davis then flew out to right, but Nick Tanielu followed by singling to center field. Nunez, who entered the game as a defensive replacement for the ninth, battled through an eight-pitch sequence before lining the game winner over second base.
Eric Peterson (1-0) walked the high wire in an inning of relief for the victory.
The game’s first run came in the seventh as Midland broke through against Hooks starter Trent Thornton. Lead-off hitter Viosergy Rosa singled up the middle and raced to third when Munoz lined a double down the right-field line. With one away, Richie Martin posted an RBI single to center. Munoz also attempted to score on the play but was thrown out by Laureano.
An inning later, Max Schrock’s three-run, two-out double off Dean Deetz gave Midland a four-run cushion. Deetz walked Beau Taylor and Tyler Marincov and issued an intentional pass to Rosa after Andy Paz’s successful sacrifice bunt. Taylor was out at home when Munoz hit into a fielder’s choice before Schrock’s at-bat.
Corpus Christi responded by batting around against Lou Trivino and Kyle Finnegan to knot the score. Stubbs drew a lead-off walk before Laureano’s double to left. Enter Finnegan, who allowed an RBI ground out from Davis, Tanielu’s run-scoring double, and pinch-hitter Bobby Boyd’s two-out RBI single. Boyd took third on Roberto Pena’s single and scored the tying run on Midland’s third wild pitch of the game.
Peterson induced an inning-ending, bases-loaded double play to wriggle out of trouble in the Midland ninth.
Thornton allowed seven hits and a walk while fanning five over 6 2/3 innings and 88 pitches (60 strikes)
The RockHounds and Hooks combined to strand eight men over the first three innings. Midland exited the third by executing an unconventional double play when Laureano attempted to score from second on Davis’ deep fly. Laureano was erased by center fielder Brett Vertigan to shortstop Martin to catcher Paz.
Midland starter Corey Walter covered five scoreless frames with 77 pitches (42). He yielded three hits, walked four, and struck out two.
The best-of-five series shifts to Midland Friday, as the RockHounds’ Ben Bracewell (8-3) faces Rogelio Armenteros (2-0) at 7 p.m.