Sports - Hooks Sports - Hooks en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:12:06 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Linares Hired as New Hooks Manager Sports - Hooks Fri, 19 Dec 2014 2:50:22 PM Linares Hired as New Hooks Manager

CORPUS CHRISTI - Rodney Linares has been tabbed as Corpus Christi's manager for 2015, the Houston Astros announced Friday.

Linares, 37, is joined on the staff by pitching coach Doug Brocail, hitting coach Dan Radison, infield instructor Tom Lawless, athletic trainer Grant Hufford and strength coach Mark Spadavecchia.

2015 marks Linares' ninth consecutive campaign as a manager in the Houston system.

He enters the Texas League ranks following a successful three-year stint at High-A Lancaster. The 2013 California League manager of the year captured the circuit's pennant in 2014 and 2012. During this run, the JetHawks compiled a 234-186 (.557) regular-season record and went 16-7 in postseason play.

Last year, the California League champs won 44 of their 70 first-half contests and finished with a 78-62 mark, tops in the South Division. It was Linares' fourth winning campaign in the last five seasons.

In 2013, Lancaster carved out an 82-58 record, winning the second half (43-27) by a nine-game margin. The JetHawks lost to Inland Empire in the division finals.

Linares' 2012 charges finished second in the Cal League South (74-66) and beat Lake Elsinore in the wild-card round. Lancaster took eight of its 10 postseason games, including a 5-0 run to cement the JetHawks' first title in the 17-year history of the club. Following the season, Linares managed the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.

A 17-year member of the Astros organization, Linares skippered the Low-A Lexington Legends in 2010 and 2011. A rookie-level Greeneville appointment (2007-2009) preceded his South Atlantic League stint.

Linares, whose managerial career began at the age of 29, enters 2015 with a 438-460 (.488) record.

He is the sixth skipper in Hooks history, following Keith Bodie (2012-14), Lawless (2011), Wes Clements (2010), Luis Pujols (2008-09) and Dave Clark (2005-07).

Brocail officially takes over as Corpus Christi's pitching coach after serving with the club on an interim basis last season.

The longtime major league pitcher guided the development of Tommy Shirley, who enjoyed a breakout season in 2014. Shirley was tabbed as Hooks' pitcher of the year, posting a 7-3 record and 1.88 ERA in 17 outings.

Brocail's track record with Corpus Christi features several success stories. Mark Appel, the first overall draft pick in 2013, thrived with the Hooks after struggling at Class A Lancaster. Following Shirley's promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City, Jordan Jankowski emerged as the Hooks' most consistent starter. The former 34th-round pick was 4-4 with a 3.41 ERA in the second half, striking out 70 against 12 walks in 60 2/3 innings. Mitchell Lambson and Tyson Perez shook off pedestrian runs in the California League to shine in Double-A. As a member of the Hooks, Lambson complimented a 1.36 ERA with 35 strikeouts and five walks in 33 1/3 innings. Perez authored a 4-0 record and went 11-for-11 in save chances. Both pitchers were rewarded with invitations to the Arizona Fall League.

Brocail, who went 52-48 with a 4.00 ERA in 15 big-league campaigns, was Houston's pitching coach for two and a half seasons, beginning in mid-June of 2011 through the end of 2013. During this period, the Lamar, Colorado, native oversaw one of the youngest staffs in the majors, with 18 pitchers making their big league debut.

Brocail joined Houston's front office in 2010 as a special assistant to the GM, a role he reprised in the fall of 2014. He was also acting as Astros' senior pitching advisor before assignment to Corpus Christi.

Brocail's major-league career included stints with the Padres, Astros, Tigers and Rangers. His .633 winning percentage (38-22) from 1998 to 2009 stood second highest among MLB relievers during that span.

Radison is in his fourth year with the Astros organization and his 35th in professional baseball.

He spent last season as a special assistant for Houston's player development department. Radison joined the organization in January 2012 as special assistant to general manager Jeff Luhnow. He took over as Astros first base coach on August 19. In 2013, the Illinois native was assistant hitting coach on the major league staff.

Prior to his stint with the Astros, Radison was first base coach for the Washington Nationals in 2010 and 2011. From 2007-2009, he worked in the St. Louis system as minor league hitting coordinator.

Radison, 64, managed in the minors for 12 seasons between 1984 and 2006. He owns a 622-552 (.530) career record as skipper, including three division titles and an Eastern League championship with Albany in 1992.

Lawless begins his seventh consecutive season in the Astros system. He will scout Texas League clubs on home dates. When Corpus Christi travels, the major league veteran is slated to tour other Houston affiliates.

Lawless made his debut as a big league manager last season, taking the helm of the Astros on September 1. Houston went 11-13 to finish the year. Lawless began the season managing Triple-A Oklahoma City in the absence of Tony DeFrancesco, who was on medical leave.

Lawless spent 2013 as the RedHawks' infield coach, a position implemented by the Astros during the previous offseason. Lawless started 2012 as Houston's roving infield instructor. He closed out the campaign as Oklahoma City's interim manager in the wake of DeFrancesco's temporary promotion to Houston on August 19.

Lawless, 58, took charge of the Hooks in 2011 in what was his 10th season as a minor-league manager. He piloted the Lancaster JetHawks in 2010 and the Lexington Legends in 2009.

A native of Pennsylvania, Lawless played portions of eight seasons in the major leagues with Cincinnati, Montreal, St. Louis and Toronto. Primarily a second and third baseman, Lawless appeared in 343 games.

Hufford begins his first season with the Hooks and his eighth campaign as an athletic trainer in the Astros system. He joins Corpus Christi following a two-year stint at Class A Lancaster. The 2013 California League Athletic Trainer of the Year served at Low-A Lexington in 2011 and 2012.

Mark Spadavecchia joins Corpus Christi's staff following a two-year run as strength and conditioning coach at Class A Lancaster. Prior to his tenure with the Astros, Spadavecchia was a strength and conditioning intern for Florida State University's baseball, track, swimming and volleyball programs, a position he started in August 2011.

Hufford and Spadavecchia fill the voids left by Bryan Baca and Trey Wiedman, who both earned promotions to Triple-A Fresno.



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Keuchel to Headline Hooks Winter Banquet Sports - Hooks Wed, 10 Dec 2014 8:30:48 PM Keuchel to Headline Hooks Winter Banquet

CORPUS CHRISTI - American League Gold Glove winner Dallas Keuchel, a member of the Houston Astros starting rotation who pitched for the Corpus Christi Hooks in 2010-11, headlines next month's South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet.

Tickets for the January 28 event at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center are on sale now at the Whataburger Field Box Office. To order by phone, call 361-561-HOOK (4665).

Keuchel, named 2014 Astros pitcher-of-the-year by the Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, led his club with 12 victories. Keuchel's five complete games topped the AL, and his career-best 200 innings paced the Houston staff. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound lefty tied Scott Feldman for the team lead with 29 starts. His 2.93 ERA was second to Collin McHugh's 2.73.

Keuchel pitched collegiately at the University of Arkansas, where he won 19 games in a three-year career, including two at the 2009 College World Series. Keuchel was taken by Houston in the seventh round that June after compiling a 9-3 mark. Stints at Short Season-A Tri-City (New York-Penn League) and High-A Lancaster (California League) preceded his Corpus Christi assignment. Keuchel opened 29 games with the Hooks over a two-season span, a 9-7 record and 3.17 ERA earning Texas League All-Star recognition in 2011.

Keuchel made his big league debut against the Texas Rangers on June 17, 2012.

"You could tell when Dallas pitched here in Corpus Christi that he would likely develop into a special talent at the major league level," Hooks president Ken Schrom said. "Now he returns to us at the banquet as a decorated big league pitcher. We are so delighted for and proud of him."

The 2015 South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet is presented by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and ClearChannel Media + Entertainment. Also returning that night as master of ceremonies: original Hooks play-by-play voice Matt Hicks, who now calls games for the Rangers.



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Hooks to Host Astros April 2nd Sports - Hooks Tue, 9 Dec 2014 3:56:36 PM Hooks to Host Astros April 2nd

CORPUS CHRISTI - Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 2, 2015.

The Houston Astros return to the Coastal Bend that evening for a 6:05 contest at Whataburger Field against their Double-A Texas League affiliate, the Corpus Christi Hooks.

The Astros and Hooks announced Wednesday the third installment of a local exhibition series which began in 2009 and was renewed in 2012. The teams split the previous two meetings.

"There's no better way to kick off our 11th year than having the Astros come in for this must-see event," Hooks President Ken Schrom said. "What a wonderful opportunity for Corpus Christi. This underscores the Astros' commitment to us and our great fans. Houston is one of Major League Baseball's most improved and young and exciting teams. It's always gratifying to see our former players compete and contribute at that level."

"We are very excited to bring our major league club to Corpus Christi to play the Hooks," said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan. "We know that Corpus Christi is Astros country and it is always fun to give their fans the chance to see our major league club, which always includes several former Hooks players. We have placed a great deal of emphasis on player development in recent years, and the Hooks have played a major role in the success we've had within our system. This exhibition game will be a fun way to end Spring Training and get ready for baseball back at Minute Maid Park."

The Hooks have been affiliated with Houston since their inaugural Corpus Christi season in 2005. From 2000-04, the Astros' Texas League Double-A affiliate was located in Round Rock as the Express.

During 10 seasons, 56 Corpus Christi players have ascended to the Astros roster, with a total of 65 former Hooks reaching the big leagues. American League batting champion Jose Altuve, Gold Glove pitcher Dallas Keuchel, and World Series champion Hunter Pence are among the most notable Hooks alumni.

There are currently 17 former Hooks on Houston's 40-man roster.

Corpus Christi captured the inaugural Astros-Hooks exhibition match 6-5 on a walk-off home run by catcher Brian Esposito, and Houston prevailed 6-2 three years later behind Lucas Harrell's six shutout innings. The Astros struck for four seventh-inning runs, the uprising keyed by RBIs from Jason Castro, Landon Powell, and Marwin Gonzalez.

Over 16,400 have attended the previous Astros-Hooks exhibition games at Whataburger Field, including the second-largest crowd in stadium history (9,118/2009).

Ticket prices range from $20-$32. Hooks full-season ticket holders will be extended the option to purchase their regular seats and additional locations. Twenty-two game package holders (Friday Fireworks/Saturday Special) enjoy seating options as well.

Any remaining Astros-Hooks reserved-seat tickets go to general public sale on Saturday, March 7.

For 2015 Hooks season-ticket information, call 361-561-HOOK or go online to Season-ticket packages also include the 79th Texas League All-Star Game at Whataburger Field, set for Tuesday, June 30.



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2015 Field Set For Kleberg Bank College Classic Sports - Hooks Wed, 12 Nov 2014 8:36:10 PM 2015 Field Set For Kleberg Bank College Classic

CORPUS CHRISTI - In 98 days, Coastal Bend baseball fans get a long-awaited fix in the form of one of the nation's top college baseball tournaments.

The 2015 Kleberg Bank College Classic, featuring host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Sam Houston State, Missouri and Purdue, runs from February 19-22 at Whataburger Field. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 30, at or by calling 361-561-HOOK (4665).

An expanded schedule highlights the 10th College Classic, as each team plays four games over a four-day span. Tournament package pricing remains unchanged at $24 for adults and $12 for youth ages 4-12. Daily ticket pricing holds at $10 and $5. Children 3-and-under are free.

"We're delighted to join the Islanders in hosting another installment of the Kleberg Bank College Classic," Corpus Christi Hooks president Ken Schrom said. "Sam Houston State has become a perennial NCAA tournament team, with six appearances in the last eight years. And, of course it's fantastic to have representation from the SEC and Big Ten."

"Our players and coaching staff are excited about showcasing the 2015 Islanders at the College Classic," Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coach Scott Malone said. "It's a little unusual to play a conference rival in an early-season tournament, but with Southland Conference membership changes over the past few years and the resulting schedule adjustments, we haven't played Sam Houston in Corpus Christi since 2010.

"SEC and Big Ten teams have historically enjoyed great success at the tournament; Missouri and Purdue will provide stiff competition."

Malone enters his eighth season with six everyday players and 25 returning lettermen from a 31-27 club that finished third in the Southland at 19-12. His pitching rotation of Matt Danton, Trevor Belicek and Daniel Skapura returns intact. Closer Jacob Dorris is also back.

For more information on each team, click here.

The 2015 Kleberg Bank College Classic schedule:

Thursday, February 19
Missouri vs. Islanders, 6 p.m.

Friday, February 20
Sam Houston State vs. Missouri, 3 p.m.
Purdue vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 21
Sam Houston State vs. Purdue, 11 a.m.
Purdue vs. Sam Houston State, 3 p.m.
Missouri vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 22
Missouri vs. Purdue, 11 a.m.
Sam Houston State vs. Islanders, 3 p.m.




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Kemp Earns Rawlings Gold Glove Sports - Hooks Mon, 29 Sep 2014 4:00:54 PM Kemp Earns Rawlings Gold Glove

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Astros second baseman Tony Kemp, who spent the second half of 2014 with the Hooks, earned a Minor League Baseball Rawlings Gold Glove Award, MiLB and Rawlings announced Monday. In 120 games between Advanced-A Lancaster and Corpus Christi, he committed seven errors in 524 total chances at second base for a .987 fielding percentage.

The award is granted to nine minor leaguers, one at each position, who demonstrated defensive excellence at their respective positions. The gloves are modeled after the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards that are given to Major League Baseball's top defenders each season.

To be eligible for a Gold Glove Award, a player must have participated in one of the 10 domestic-based, full-season minor leagues.

The Astros promoted Kemp from Lancaster to Corpus Christi June 25 after he made the California League Mid-Season All-Star squad with a .336 batting average, four home runs, 37 RBIs and 28 steals. Upon his promotion to the Texas League, the Vanderbilt-product led circuit second sackers with a .996 fielding percentage, committing just one error in 56 games. Kemp played three error-free games in left field.

He also led all minor leaguers in runs scored (121) and posted 167 hits, tied for fifth in MiLB.

Another Astros' farmhand, catcher Roberto Pena, earned a Rawlings Gold Glove Award as well, after he played in 93 games for Lancaster.

"Congratulations to the nine outstanding Minor League Baseball players who deservedly won the 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Award," said Mike Thompson, executive vice president and general manager of baseball for St. Louis-based Rawlings. "Minor League Baseball is and will always continue to be a great partner of Rawlings, and we knew the Rawlings Gold Glove Award would be a popular goal for many young players when we decided to rekindle this award platform in 2011."


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Keith Bodie Out as Hooks Manager Sports - Hooks Sat, 6 Sep 2014 4:36:07 PM Drew Collins - Keith Bodie Out as Hooks Manager

CORPUS CHRISTI - Hooks manager Keith Bodie will not return to Corpus Christi next season, after the Astros relieved him of his duties.

Bodie just finished his 16th season in the Astros organization, and his third year as the Hooks manager. Corpus Christi finished with a 67-73 record in 2014, the worst in the Texas League south division.

In his three years with the Hooks, Bodie led the team to a 231-189 record including first and second-half titles in 2013. Corpus Christi won a franchise record 83 games in 2013, and Bodie was named Texas League manager of the year in 2012.

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Hooks Cap 2014 by Beating Missions Sports - Hooks Mon, 1 Sep 2014 8:54:21 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Cap 2014 by Beating Missions

CORPUS CHRISTI - Brandon Meredith's seventh-inning grand slam was the difference in Corpus Christi's season-ending 8-4 victory over San Antonio Monday before 5,859 at Whataburger Field.

Meredith's eighth home run occurred in the wake of consecutive walks to Jonathan Meyer, Telvin Nash, Tyler Heineman and Teoscar Hernandez by reliever Adys Portillo (1-4) after the right-hander secured the first two outs. Enter former Hook Michael Dimock, who served up the game-winner on a 1-1 offering.

San Antonio made a stir in the first, but Jordan Jankowski escaped unscathed. Casey McElroy stroked an opening single to right and pilfered second; Hunter Refroe drew a walk and swiped the keystone as well. They were stranded at third and second, respectively, when Jankowski whiffed Robert Kral.

The Hooks posted a singleton their first time up, Delino DeShields, Jr., drawing a lead-off walk, stealing second and progressing home on Colin Moran's liner up the middle.
Singles from Hernandez and Carlos Perdomo (RBI) sandwiched M.P. Cokinos' double to left as the Hooks increased their lead to 2-0 against Bryce Morrow.

Renfroe's lead-off 427-foot home run to left-center on a 90-mph fastball trimmed the Corpus Christi lead to 2-1 during the fourth. Jankowski finished with three hits, a walk and five strikeouts over four complete.

The Missions drew even an inning later off Matt Heidenreich, Lee Orr (lead-off single/stolen base) scoring when McElroy bounced into a double play.

The deadlock was short-lived. Nash's two-out screamer to center plated DeShields, who topped the Hooks fifth with a single and stolen base, his Texas League-leading 54th.

Jake Lemmerman took Juan Minaya deep for a two-run bomb in the Missions seventh as San Antonio pulled ahead 4-3.

Morrow booked eight hits, two walks and six strikeouts in six innings. Mitchell Lambson's 1 1/3-inning stint put him in the winner's circle at 3-1.

Moran completes the season with a 12-game hitting streak.
The Hooks finished 40-30 at Whataburger Field, 33-37 in the second half and 67-73 overall. San Antonio finished 32-38 and 68-72.


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Hooks Walkoff for 5th Straight Win Sports - Hooks Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:09:21 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Walkoff for 5th Straight Win

CORPUS CHRISTI - A game-winning home run Sunday at Whataburger Field would have kept the night's theme intact.

Instead, it was the longest possible single by designated hitter Telvin Nash that made the difference in Corpus Christi's 5-4 triumph in over Arkansas in 10 innings.

Nash took a 3-1 Jairo Diaz pitch deep to right-center field off the wall's yellow line, scoring Tony Kemp from third and giving the Hooks their fifth straight victory. It was Corpus Christi's Texas League-best 10th win in 14 extra-inning affairs this season.

Before Nash crushed Diaz's 98-mph offering, Kemp began the home 10th by doubling down the left-field line. Delino DeShields' bunt then went for a base hit, advancing Kemp to third. Diaz collected himself, whiffing Teoscar Hernandez and opting for an intentional pass of Colin Moran to load the bases.

Diaz, the third Arkansas pitcher of the evening, dropped to 2-1. Tyson Perez, who bailed Corpus Christi out of a 10th-inning dilemma - one out with a runner in scoring position - improved to 4-0.
Conrad Gregor's 397-foot home run into the Hooks bullpen on an Orangel Arenas 92-mph fastball staked Kyle Smith and Corpus Christi to a 2-0 second-inning advantage. Gregor's initial 2014 HR followed a one-out double by Leo Heras.

Arkansas immediately halved the lead, Alex Yarbrough's ground out plating Andrew Heid (lead-off single). Eric Stamets chipped in with a double inside the third-base bag.

A wind-aided bomb to left from Hernandez re-established Corpus Christi's two-run cushion, but Stamets' homer the same way in the fifth pulled the Travelers to within a score at 3-2.

Smith was efficient during his five-inning, 68-pitch, 51-strike start. The former Royals farmhand yielded four hits and struck out five.

His relief, Travis Ballew, gave up a game-tying yard shot to Brian Hernandez with one away in the sixth.

Arenas, who lasted six complete, retired nine of 10 before turning the game over to Daniel Reynolds. Arenas allowed four hits and two walks while fanning three.

The Travelers pulled ahead 4-3 against Mike Hauschild in the eighth, Yarbrough's RBI double scoring Maikol Gonzalez from first base. DeShields answered, drilling a 3-1 95-mph Reynolds fastball over the yellow line just above the 400-foot marker in dead center.

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Astros Trade Three Former Hooks Players to Marlins Sports - Hooks Thu, 31 Jul 2014 4:43:34 PM Associated Press Astros Trade Three Former Hooks Players to Marlins

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Marlins were shoppers instead of sellers for a change at the trade deadline, and they added a starting pitcher to help make a playoff push.

Miami acquired right-hander Jarred Cosart from the Houston Astros in a six-player deal Thursday. The Marlins also acquired infielder-outfielder Kiki Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates for third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, right-hander Francis Martes and a 2015 compensatory draft pick.

The Marlins, often out of the race before August, were in the market to upgrade their young, thin rotation after a recent six-game winning streak put them back in the playoff picture.

The 24-year-old Cosart is 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA in 20 starts this year but has struggled lately, allowing 21 runs in 21 1-3 innings over four starts in July.

The Astros made the deal Thursday while 22 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West.

Hernandez batted .284 in 24 games for Houston this year and hit .337 in 67 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Wates, a third-round draft pick in 2010, batted .299 in 74 games for Oklahoma City.

Cosart and Hernandez will join the Marlins on Friday. Wates will be assigned to Triple-A New Orleans.

Moran was the sixth overall pick in last year's draft after playing at the University of North Carolina. He batted .294 with five home runs in 89 games this year at Single-A Jupiter.

Marisnick batted .277 with 10 homers in 89 games this year for Triple-A New Orleans. He has a career average of .178 in 58 major-league games.

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Appel to Start for Hooks Wednesday Sports - Hooks Sun, 27 Jul 2014 7:36:33 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Appel to Start for Hooks Wednesday

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Astros announced Sunday that 2013 No. 1 overall pick RHP Mark Appel will join the Hooks from Houston's Advanced-A affiliate, Lancaster, in the California League. The Stanford product is Corpus Christi's probable starter Wednesday against San Antonio.

RHP Chris Devenski is slated to follow Appel in a tandem start.

Appel, rated the 13th best prospect in all of baseball by, went 2-5 with a 9.74 ERA in 12 starts for the JetHawks. His last start for Lancaster came Thursday, when he worked six innings against the Stockton Ports, Oakland's High-A affiliate. Appel picked up his second victory after he allowed two earned runs on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.

Following an off-season appendectomy that sidelined him for much of Spring Training, he broke camp with the JetHawks, but returned the Astros' training facility in Kissimmee, Fla. for just over a month after an April 23 start. Appel made his return to Lancaster May 31 and later strung together three straight starts in which he worked five innings and allowed three earned runs June 22-July 4, going 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA.

Owner of the Houston minor league system's best slider entering the 2014 season according to Baseball America, Appel was a two-time Louisville Slugger First Team All-American at Stanford and left Palo Alto as the program's all-time strikeout leader. During his 2013 senior season, he went 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA and four complete games en route to first team All-Pac 12 conference honors.

Appel was drafted three times: in the 15th round out of Monte Vista High School in Danville, Calif. by Detroit in 2009, eighth overall by Pittsburgh in 2012 and first overall by Houston last year. He became one of just 17 players in history to be selected in the first round of two different June drafts.


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Hooks Salvage Split with Rockhounds Sports - Hooks Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:22:33 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Salvage Split with Rockhounds

CORPUS CHRISTI - Telvin Nash cracked his sixth home run in the last nine games and Kyle Smith allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings as Corpus Christi defeated Midland 5-2 Wednesday at Whataburger Field before 4,676.

Corpus Christi improved to 14-12 in the Texas League second-half while salvaging a split of the four-game series. Midland, which dropped just its second contest in the last 13, tops the South Division at 16-9.

The Hooks scored four-two out runs during the first. Jonathan Meyer dropped a single into shallow right-center for the night's initial tally. Tony Kemp drew a lead-off walk from Nate Long (8-5) and moved into scoring position on Ruben Sosa's sacrifice bunt.

Meyer and Andrew Aplin (single) scored ahead of Nash when the big first baseman belted a curve ball over the left-field wall, his 14th home run of 2014.

Midland finally broke through against Smith (4-2) in the fifth, Kent Matthes collecting the first RockHounds hit and crossing on Dusty Coleman's double to the right-center field gap. Coleman was erased attempting to stretch his drive into a triple, right fielder Aplin to second baseman Kemp to Meyer.

Smith exited a two-on, two-out fix the next inning, Jordan Jankowski defusing the threat by getting Max Muncy on a fly to right. Smith, who retired 13 of 14 at the outset, walked two and struck out five. Houston's No. 13 prospect has yielded one earned run or less in nine of his last 11 outings.

Jankowski struck out the side in the seventh en route to a three-inning save, Jefry Marte's ninth-inning double and Jeremy Barfield's RBI single the only blemishes.
Long lasted six frames and struck out nine to go with eight hits and two walks. His relief, Deryk Hooker, issued a one-out walk to Kemp, who stole second and trotted to third via a wild pitch. Sosa's looper to left over a drawn-in infield provided Corpus Christi with an insurance run.

Aplin has a seven-game hitting streak.
The Hooks play four in Frisco Thursday through Sunday before traveling to San Antonio for three. Corpus Christi returns home for seven games on July 24.


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Hooks Hammer Hounds for 8th-Straight Home Victory Sports - Hooks Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:21:18 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Hammer Hounds for 8th-Straight Home Victory

CORPUS CHRISTI - Ruben Sosa, Telvin Nash and Tony Kemp homered in Corpus Christi's seven-run third as the Hooks blitzed Midland 14-1 Sunday evening at Whataburger Field before 4,877.

The rout snapped Midland's nine-game winning streak, the RockHounds falling to 14-8 in Texas League second-half play. The Hooks are 13-10, 1½ games off the South Division lead, and have won eight straight at home and nine of 11 overall.

Chris Devenski worked five scoreless frames while improving to 2-0 in his initial Double-A start. He walked one and struck out four.

Midland let Billy Burns' lead-off walk and league-leading 44th stolen base go by the boards in the first. Devenski retired the next three RockHounds.

The visitors threatened again during the second. Jeremy Barfield and Dusty Coleman struck one-out singles before Delino DeShields, Jr., robbed Hiro Nakajima of a three-run homer. On the run, DeShields timed his leap to bring the ball back from Corpus Christi's bullpen, the fence folding his upper torso at the waist.

Devenski caught Beau Taylor looking to avert any damage.
The Hooks tagged Shawn Haviland (5-6) for two in a second-inning, four-hit uprising. Rene Garcia's soft liner sat down in shallow center, scoring Andrew Aplin. Nash, who reached with a single of his own after Aplin's opening safety, ultimately scored on a wild pitch.

Then came the third, and the fifth Nash Mash in six games - a three-run blast over the left-field berm - was the biggest blow as Corpus Christi sent 10 to bat. Sosa's lead-off jack was the first volley and Kemp completed the trifecta with a two-out, two-run shot off Blake Hassebrock. Jonathan Meyer had an RBI single.

Haviland, who faced five men without recording an out, was gone after Nash's Mash, victimized for seven runs and hits to go with three walks.

Hassebrock was done after striking Kemp with a bases-loaded pitch in the dirt as Corpus tallied its 10th run in the fifth. Sosa's sacrifice fly greeted Frank Gailey. The Hooks added three unearned runs in the eighth off Ryan Doolittle and second baseman Conner Crumbliss, pressed into emergency duty on the mound.


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Kemp Named TL Player of the Week Sports - Hooks Tue, 8 Jul 2014 4:58:23 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Kemp Named TL Player of the Week

CORPUS CHRISTI - Second baseman Tony Kemp earned Texas League Player of the Week honors for June 30-July 6, league president Tom Kayser announced Monday. The Vanderbilt product hit .500 (11-for-22) with three runs scored, two doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBIs.

Kemp capped the week in style Sunday against Tulsa, when he registered Corpus Christi's fifth four-hit game of the season.

A native of Franklin, Tenn., Kemp joined the team June 25 at Springfield and has since started every game at second base. Overall he is hitting .400 with eight runs scored, six runs batted in and a .472 on-base percentage.

Named a Mid-Season California League All-Star with Lancaster, Kemp hit .336 with four home runs, 37 RBIs, 28 stolen bases and a .433 OBP in 72 games for the Jet Hawks. He earned CL Player of the Week recognition for May 5-12 after he hit .548 in 31 at-bats.

Selected by Houston in the fifth round of the 2013 draft, Kemp was named SEC Player of the Year and was a consensus First Team All-American after a senior year for the Commodores in which he batted .391 with 33 RBIs and 34 stolen bases.

Upon being drafted Kemp split the rest of 2013 between Tri-City and Quad-Cities, hitting a combined .273 in 75 games. He is the Astros' first 2013 selection to reach Double-A.

Kemp is the first Hook to win league player of the week honors. Mike Hauschild and Tommy Shirley have each been named Texas League Pitcher of the Week.


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Hooks Still Perfect in July, Win 5th Straight Sports - Hooks Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:12:49 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Still Perfect in July, Win 5th Straight

CORPUS CHRISTI - Telvin Nash belted a two-run homer and Ruben Sosa and Tony Kemp combined for seven hits, three RBI's and three steals as Corpus Christi drilled Tulsa 7-2 Sunday at Whataburger Field before 4,759.

The Hooks, winners of five straight, improved to 9-8 in the Texas League second-half race, 43-44 overall. Tulsa fell to 7-10 and 45-41.

Brady Rodgers (4-9) won his third straight decision. The Richmond native twirled five shutout innings, scattering just two hits.

Despite a rocky sixth, Luis Cruz earned a four-inning save. He retired the last nine Drillers.

The Hooks attacked first with three unearned runs off Tyler Anderson (3-4). Carlos Perdomo reached on an error by third baseman Joey Wong and scored from first on Rene Garcia's double, plus an error charged to catcher Ryan Casteel. Casteel, upon contact with a sliding Perdomo, failed to maintain control of shortstop Trevor Story's relay. Consecutive triples by Sosa (deep center) and Kemp (right-field corner) gave the Hooks a 3-0 second-inning lead.

Sosa and Kemp teamed to make it 4-0 Hooks in the fourth. Sosa sparked a two-out uprising by singling to left and swiping second. Kemp followed with a single up the middle.
Anderson was finished after four frames, seven hits, a walk and strikeout.

Three straight one-out hits off Cruz pushed two Drillers home during the sixth. Taylor Featherston struck the payoff, a two-run double to deep center field.

Corpus Christi answered Tulsa and reliever RJ Siedel with zeal, Nash's 11th home run and his third in two games clanking off the cotton press just left of the scoreboard. The 437-foot blast came in the wake of Garcia's lead-off single. Sosa's second triple of the evening fronted a Delino DeShields sacrifice fly.

Hooks third baseman Jonathan Meyer saw his hitting streak end at nine games.

Ruben Alaniz (0-0) pitches for Corpus Christi Monday at 7:10 in the series and homestand finale vs. Richard Castillo (2-8). All fans enjoy $1 Hot Dogs and Soda, compliments of Mrs Baird's.


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Hooks Drop Cardinals Again Sports - Hooks Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:17:05 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Drop Cardinals Again

CORPUS CHRISTI - Jonathan Meyer drove in two runs and Jordan Jankowski won for the first time since June 6 as Corpus Christi dropped Springfield 4-2 Thursday at Whataburger Field before 6,735.

The Hooks look to sweep the three-game series on Independence Day in Springfield's final Sparkling City appearance of 2014. Corpus Christi is 6-8 in Texas League second-half action, 40-44 overall. The Cardinals are 5-9 and 39-45.

Travis Ballew worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Michael Hauschild authored a three-inning scoreless hold, despite three seventh-inning walks.

Starlin Rodriguez dumped a lead-off hustling double inside the right-field line to start the Springfield third. He stalled at third, however, as Jankowski (2-3) retired the next three men.

Cardinals starter Jonathan Cornelius (7-6) set down nine of the first 10 Hooks before running into fourth-inning difficulty. Cornelius plunked Delino DeShields, Jr., who scored from second on Meyer's one-out single through the right side.

Rodriguez's first Texas League home run - a towering shot into the Goodwill Zone - provided the Cards with a 2-1 fifth-inning advantage. He left the yard following Matt Williams' lead-off walk.

Corpus Christi immediately answered, sending eight to the plate while retaking the lead at 4-2. Jio Mier set the tone with an opening double and Telvin Nash picked up the Hooks' shortstop by singling to left. Andrew Aplin produced a run-scoring single and Meyer's bounce out tallied Nash. Cornelius, who finished the fifth before exiting, permitted four hits, three walks and fanned three. Only 48 of his 84 pitches found the strike zone and he struck two batters.

Jankowski left in line for the win after five innings, four hits, a walk and two strikeouts. He threw 74 pitches (53).

Meyer has hit safely in seven straight.

July 4 brings a special 6:30 Friday start time; Whataburger Field gates open at 5 o'clock. Bud Light Friday Fireworks and the city's fireworks display off the USS Lexington entertain fans.

Kyle Smith (2-2) draws the pitching assignment for Corpus Christi. Springfield counters with Kurt Heyer (3-5).


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Drillers Beat Hooks 4-3 in 13 Innings Sports - Hooks Sun, 29 Jun 2014 9:08:36 PM Drillers Beat Hooks 4-3 in 13 Innings

Tulsa and Corpus Christi played a back-and-forth game Sunday afternoon at ONEOK Field, but the Drillers eventually delivered the final blow. In the bottom of the 13th inning, Brian Humphries drove home Tyler Massey with a base hit to centerfield and to give Tulsa a 4-3 walk-off win over the Hooks.

It was the third extra-innings game in the past five days for the Drillers, and it was only one inning short of their 1-0 victory in 14 innings over San Antonio Friday night. The game tied for the fourth longest in ONEOK Field history.

The game-ending rally began when Massey grounded a one-out single into right field. Harold Riggins then drew a walk from Hooks' reliever Travis Ballew to put runners at first and second. Humphries hit Ballew's first pitch into centerfield sending Massey home and the Drillers into a celebration.

Humphries game-winning hit ended a contest in which both teams led at various points.

The Drillers opened the game's scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Ryan Casteel led off with a double that extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games. Andrew Alpin robbed Massey of an extra-base hit when he made a leaping catch before slamming into the padded wall in the right field corner, but one batter later, Jared Simon was able to bring Casteel home with a lined single to centerfield.

Tulsa starter Jon Gray worked three scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fourth. Delino DeShields led off with a single, and Jonathan Meyer drew a one-out walk. After a double steal, Leo Heras tied the game with a bloop-single that perfectly countered the Drillers' shifted defense and fell into shallow right field between Simon and Taylor Featherston. An infield ground out by Carlos Perdomo plated Meyer to give the Hooks a 2-1 lead.

Riggins evened the score in the sixth inning. The first baseman belted his first home run since June 3 and his seventh of the season to tie the game at 2-2.

The Drillers went back in front with another run in the seventh. David Bergin led off with a single, his first hit at the Double-A level. With Joey Wong pinch-running, a wild pitch moved him into scoring position. After David Kandilas struck out, Featherston rolled a grounder just out of the reach of shortstop Jiovanni Mier that brought Wong home with the go-ahead run. Featherston, running hard out of the batter's box, slid safely into second with a double.

The Hooks tied it up again in the eighth. Kraig Sitton walked DeShields to open the inning, and with one out, he hit Meyer with a pitch. The Drillers nearly escaped the trouble when Heras hit a bouncer to the left of Featherston at second. Meyer was forced at second, but shortstop Trevor Story's throw to first pulled Riggins off the bag to keep the inning alive. Perdomo followed with a soft liner off the bat handle that dropped safely and rolled just past first base. DeShields jogged home on the hit to again tie the game.

With a pitching staff that has been taxed with extra innings, Sitton and Nate Striz provided big innings for pitching coach Darryl Scott. Sitton allowed only one hit in three shutout innings, while Striz surrendered two hits in three scoreless frames. Striz picked up the win to improve his record to 2-0.

Gray pitched well but was victimized by the two runs in the fourth. The Chandler, Oklahoma native went five innings, allowing the two runs on four hits. He walked two and picked up five strikeouts.

The Drillers will close out their homestand Monday night. The game will feature the annual Independence Holiday Fireworks Spectacular at ONEOK Field with the largest display of the season. Tyler Anderson (3-3, 2.74 ERA) is the slated starting pitcher for Tulsa, while Brady Rodgers (3-9, 4.56 ERA) will pitch for the Hooks. Starting time is scheduled for 7:05PM.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.



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Hooks' Homers Lead to Series Finale Win vs Frisco Sports - Hooks Sun, 22 Jun 2014 9:06:12 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks' Homers Lead to Series Finale Win vs Frisco

CORPUS CHRISTI - Luis Cruz pitched seven innings of one-run ball and Jio Mier, Telvin Nash and Leo Heras homered as Corpus Christi beat Frisco 4-1 Sunday at Whataburger Field before 5,067.

Cruz (5-5) spread four hits, walked one and struck out four. The left-hander from San Juan, PR, threw 84 pitches (54 strikes). Cruz retired 14 of his last 17, facing two over the minimum after the third.

Jordan Jankowski earned his second save by going the rest of the way.

Corpus Christi (2-4 Texas League second half) split the four-game series with the RoughRiders. Frisco is 2-3.
Cruz found himself in early trouble after giving up a lead-off single to Guilder Rodriguez. Though the veteran shortstop pilfered two bases, he was left at third when pro baseball home run leader Joey Gallo let a curve go by for strike three.

Odubel Herrera's opening double in the third went for naught as well.

Edwar Cabrera cruised through the Hooks' first two turns, but eight- and nine-hole hitters Mier and Nash homered consecutively for a 2-0 Corpus Christi lead. Mier's yard shot into the left-field bullpen was his first since April 8; Nash's eighth round-tripper deflected off the glove of left fielder Ryan Rua.

Teodoro Martinez's two-out no-doubter to left during the fifth cut the Hooks' advantage in half.

Cabrera (3-5) booked six innings, five hits and three strikeouts. Fifty-five of his 71 pitches were strikes. Reliever Jerad Eickhoff was victimized by Heras' home run into the right-field swimming pool.

M.P. Cokinos' RBI single in the eighth plated Delino DeShields (lead-off walk) and chased Will Lamb, who recorded just one out as the third of four Frisco hurlers. Cokinos finished with a game-high three hits.

The Hooks take Monday and Tuesday off for the Texas League All-Star Break, resuming play at Springfield Wednesday.


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Hooks Snap Losing Skid with 4-1 Win over Frisco Sports - Hooks Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:25:29 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Snap Losing Skid with 4-1 Win over Frisco

CORPUS CHRISTI - Brady Rodgers snapped a six-game personal losing streak and Jonathan Meyer had three hits as Corpus Christi defeated Frisco 4-1 Friday at Whataburger Field before 5,980.
Rodgers (2-9), the Astros' third-round pick out of Arizona State two years ago, allowed four hits and a walk. He fanned four and forty-six of his 70 pitches were strikes.

David Rollins earned a four-inning save. The former Toronto prospect, who played collegiately at Houston's San Jacinto College, struck out six.

Corpus Christi (1-3 Texas League second half) made noise in the first but couldn't score. Ruben Sosa drew a one-out walk and swiped third after Meyer's single pushed him into scoring position. Alex Gonzalez popped M.P. Cokinos up to first and fanned Carlos Perdoma.

Frisco (1-2) drew first blood, professional baseball home run leader Joey Gallo dropping a full-count offering from Rodgers onto the right-field berm for his fifth Double-A bomb and 26th overall.

The Hooks had first and third with one down again during the second and came away empty. Tyler Heineman (lead-off single) was thrown out at third by Gonzalez while attempting to return to the bag on Jordan Scott's bunt. Delino DeShields, Jr., then fanned.

The third proved profitable as Corpus Christi took a 2-1 lead. Sosa and Meyer singled and both ultimately scored, Sosa on Perdoma's infield single, Meyer by eluding the tag of catcher Tomas Telis on the return throw of Jio Mier's shallow sacrifice fly to right.

The Hooks posted another crooked number in the fourth, with two runs on four singles. Sosa and Meyer contributed RBIs; Telvin Nash and DeShields tallied.

Gonzalez (1-2), who worked into the fifth, was tagged for 12 singles. Texas' 2013 first-round selection from Oral Roberts walked two and whiffed a pair.
Odubel Herrera singled twice and doubled for Frisco.

Saturday's pitching matchup features Mike Hauschild (1-2) of the Hooks vs. Alec Asher (6-6). The first 2,500 fans receive a Hooks Hunting Camo Cap from IBC Bank. Game time is 7:10 for Salute to Military Night and Telemundo stars Daniel Sarcos and Azucena Cierco will be on hand to meet their fans.

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Astros to Hold Open Tryout at Whataburger Field Sports - Hooks Mon, 16 Jun 2014 5:10:57 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Astros to Hold Open Tryout at Whataburger Field

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Houston Astros Baseball Club, Major League affiliate of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, is conducting an open tryout at Whataburger Field on Thursday, June 26.


Registration for the tryout, administered by Astros South Texas Area Scout Noel Gonzales-Luna, runs from 8-8:45 a.m. that morning on the ballpark's main concourse at Section 119. Tryouts begin promptly at 9 a.m.


Position players will be tested in running and throwing, and if qualified on those abilities, will be held over to hit on the field. Pitchers will throw from bullpen mounds. After further evaluation, additional hitting and bullpen sessions may be undertaken.


All participants must fill out and sign a waiver provided by the Astros. Athletes under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian sign as well. There is no age restriction, but age recommendation is 17-23.


Players should dress in baseball pants and bring spikes, gloves and bats. Catchers are responsible for their own gear.


The Astros are not responsible for any violations of a player's amateur status. Any player with remaining eligibility for high school or college baseball should take the necessary steps to protect their amateur status.


There is no fee to participate.


"This will be a good opportunity for some of the area's most talented amateurs to be seen by a pro scout," Hooks GM/VP Michael Wood said. "We've never had an event like this before in the 10 years of Hooks Baseball; it's another example of how the Hooks, Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend benefit from our partnership with the Astros."


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Hooks Open Road Trip with 7-2 Win at San Antonio Sports - Hooks Sun, 15 Jun 2014 6:59:45 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Open Road Trip with 7-2 Win at San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - Starting pitcher David Rollins allowed two earned runs in six innings and the Hooks scored four late insurance runs as Corpus Christi stopped San Antonio 7-2 on Father's Day before 3,059 at Wolff Stadium.

Rollins (1-2) allowed two first inning runs to San Antonio, which scored on a Jason Hagerty double and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Austin Hedges. After the Hedges fly-out, Rollins would allowed just one more Mission to reach base.

San Antonio starter Josh Geer (2-7) was almost as good, limiting Corpus Christi to three unearned runs on five hits in seven innings. Nolan Fontana led off the fourth with a base hit, and an error by shortstop Brian Bixler allowed Andrew Aplin to reach and put runners on the corners with no outs.

M.P. Cokinos singled home Fontana and two batters later Delino DeShields, Jr. laid down a safety squeeze that plated Aplin and tied the game at two. Another unearned run came across in the fifth. Telvin Nash ripped a one-out double, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and score on an error committed by second baseman Adam Buschini. San Antonio has committed at least one miscue in 12 of its last 13 games.

The Hooks piled on after Geer exited the game. DeShields delivered a two-out, two-run single to left in the eighth and Telvin Nash demolished a ball into the gusting wind in right-center field for a two-run home run in the ninth to build a five-run cushion.

Tyson Perez followed Rollins on the mound for the Hooks and allowed just one baserunner in the last three innings - a leadoff walk to Buschini in the ninth. The Missions had just two men reach base after the first inning.

The tandem of Luis Cruz (4-5, 3.71) and Mike Hauschild (1-1, 3.48) will take the hill for Corpus Christi in game two of the series Monday at 7:05 PM, while San Antonio counters with Leonel Campos (0-2, 3.72) in the final game of the first half.


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