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Hooks Remain Perfect in July with Series-Opening Win Over Tulsa

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CORPUS CHRISTI (CC Hooks) - Telvin Nash cracked two solo home runs and Rene Garcia dropped a three-run bomb on reliever Kraig Sitton in the eighth as Corpus Christi popped Tulsa 7-2 Saturday before 6,183 at Whataburger Field.

The Hooks, winners of four straight, are 8-8 in Texas League second-half play and 42-44 overall. The Drillers are 8-8 and 45-40.

Hooks ace Tommy Shirley (7-3) managed to slip out of a two-on, one-out first-inning dilemma, Tyler Massey remaining at third after a lead-off single. Shirley fanned Trevor Story and induced a fly to right off the bat of Ryan Casteel.

Three stolen bases and two singles – including a two-RBI knock from Jonathan Meyer – fueled the Hooks’ two-run first against Ryan Kulik (0-2). Tony Kemp, Delino DeShields, Jr., and Andrew Aplin swiped bags; DeShields also singled.

Nash’s ninth home run – a two-out poke to left on the first pitch he saw – made it 3-0 Hooks through two.

Tulsa then pulled within a run, Taylor Featherston’s majestic two-out 11th round-tripper coming on a 2-0 Shirley fastball an out after Massey’s ground-rule double.

Consecutive singles by David Kandilas, Massey and Cristhian Adames loaded the bases for Tulsa with no outs in the fifth. The Drillers’ drive fizzed when Featherston popped to short and Story bounced into a double play, third baseman Meyer touching the bag before firing across the diamond to Nash.

Nash quickly did his part to further separate the teams, driving an 0-1 pitch out of the park for his second yard shot of the evening and a 4-2 Hooks lead. Corpus Christi subsequently loaded the bases on Ruben Sosa’s double, Kemp’s single and a walk to Aplin. Kulik averted further damage when Massey caught Meyer’s fly in center and threw out Sosa attempting to score from third.

Shirley, removed for Richard Rodriguez with two gone and two aboard during the sixth, permitted eight hits, walked one and struck out three in a 93-pitch performance (63 strikes). Shirley has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 16 of 17 2014 appearances. Rodriguez cleaned up the inherited jam by getting pinch-hitter Brian Humphries on a grounder to first and struck out the side in the seventh.

Tyson Perez earned his fourth save, perfect while achieving the final five outs.

Kulik lasted five frames. His line: four runs, seven hits, three walks and a strikeout over 79 pitches (45).

Meyer extended his hitting streak to nine games. His three hits led the Hooks; Massey had three for Tulsa. Nash’s multi-home run performance was the sixth of his professional career.

Tulsa lefty Tyler Anderson (3-3) and Brady Rodgers (3-9) mix it up Sunday in a 6:10 start.  Former Cowboys All-Pro tight end Jay Novacek appears courtesy of metroPCS. It’s also H-E-B Kids Day, so children run the bases postgame.

-Courtesy CCHooks,com