CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Chuckie Robinson's line-drive single into the left-field corner capped a two-run ninth and vaulted the Hooks to a 2-1 triumph over Round Rock in the Saturday night opener of Astros Futures Weekend at Whataburger Field.
With one away in the ninth and the Hooks trailing 1-0, Carmen Benedetti cracked a sharp single off the glove of shortstop Alex De Goti. Sneed then issued back-to-back free passes, bringing Granden Goetzman to the plate. Goetzman singled through the left side to tie the game. With two down and the bases full, Robinson turned on a 2-2 pitch to win the game.
Benedetti led the charge offensively, reaching base three times out of the Hooks lead-off spot.
Taylor Jones plated the lone Round Rock run via a two-out RBI single in the seventh. Rodgers started the game for the Express and struck out six in a row to end his night. Hartman took over in the fourth and hurled 3 2/3 hitless innings.
Saturday marked the first Hooks win in six meetings with Round Rock at Whataburger Field.