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Hooks Blow Big Lead, Pull Out Win in 16 Innings

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CORPUS CHRISTI (CC Hooks) - Erik Castro scored from third on a sixteenth-inning passed ball to give Corpus Christi an 8-7 win over Frisco in the Hooks' longest game of the season Wednesday night at Whataburger Field before 4,946.

Outfielder Chih-Hsien Chang started the bottom of the sixteenth inning on the mound for the RoughRiders. He walked Castro to start the frame, then recorded two outs, but gave up a single to Domingo Santana and threw a wild pitch to put runners on second and third. After Max Stassi walked, catcher Tomas Telis allowed a passed ball with Jio Mier at the plate to bring home the winning run.

The game took five hours and sixteen minutes, the longest game in time for Corpus Christi this season, surpassing a 17-inning game between the Hooks and RoughRiders on April 18 that took 4:43 to complete. The longest game in team history came June 1, 2005 in a 20-inning affair against Wichita that last six hours and nine minutes.

Chiang (1-0) marked the second position player used by Frisco Wednesday, following catcher Zach Zaneski, who tossed three shutout innings.

For the Hooks, relievers Patrick Urckfitz, Carlos Quevedo and Matt Heidenreich (4-3) combined to throw eight shutout innings to keep the game tied after the ninth.

Corpus Christi (10-9, 52-37) jumped in front of the RoughRiders early with a Castro solo home run in the first inning and a six-run bottom of the fourth. Frisco starter Kevin Pucetas allowed five runs in the frame before he was followed by reliever Phil Klein who walked all four batters he faced to make it 7-0 in favor of the Hooks.

Ross Seaton started the game for Corpus Christi and did not allow a hit until Hanser Alberto doubled with two outs in the fifth. Seaton allowed one earned run on two hits with a season-best eight strikeouts in six innings of work.

Frisco (7-12, 46-43) pushed the game into extras by chipping away at Corpus Christi's seven-run lead in regulation's latter innings. The RoughRiders scored once each in the sixth and seventh, twice in the eighth and three times in the ninth, capped by Ryan Strausborger's two-run home run off Chia-Jen Lo, who joined the Hooks prior to the game from Quad Cities.

The four-game series against Frisco will continue Thursday night at 7:05 when the Hooks send Ruben Alaniz (4-7, 4.73) to the mound against the RoughRiders' Neil Ramirez (9-3, 3.33).

-Courtesy CCHooks.com