May 5, 2013 10:33 PM
SAN ANTONIO - The Hooks slugged three home runs and the pitching tandem of Bobby Doran and Nick Tropeano delivered once again as Corpus Christi waltzed to a 7-3 victory over San Antonio in Sunday's matinee at Wolff Stadium.
In the second, Jio Mier gave the Hooks (18-12) an early lead with his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field off Keyvius Sampson (0-2).
The Missions (15-15) leveled the game in the home half. Jake Blackwood cracked a one-out single and Kalian Sams, making his debut as a Padres farmhand, belted a 2-0 pitch from Doran over the fence just to the left of the batters' eye in center.
Doran (4-0) buckled down from there, retiring 11 of the final 13 batters he faced. The former Texas Tech Red Raider walked one and struck out four over five innings. Doran has won each of his starts this year, posting an ERA of 1.35 ERA during those contests.
The Hooks, who pushed across an unearned run in the third, benefited from a big swing by rehabbing Astro J.D. Martinez in the fifth. With two away, Martinez blistered a 2-1 pitch from Robert Lara to left-center for a three-run home run.
George Springer capped the onslaught in the seventh with a two-out opposite field shot to right. Springer leads the Texas League with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs.
A native of The Hague, Netherlands, Sams fired the final San Antonio salvo in the seventh. His second home run of the day was a solo shot to left field.
The home run resulted in the first earned tally off Tropeano as a "second starter." He turned in his fourth three-inning save of the season.
Game 3 of the series begins tomorrow at 11:05 a.m. Missions right-hander Donn Roach (2-3) takes on Mike Foltynewicz, making his Double-A debut, and David Martinez (3-0). Follow the action on AM 1400 KUNO in Corpus Christi or at cchooks.com
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