Apr 8, 2014 7:13 PM by www.cchooks.com
SPRINGFIELD - Jio Mier's lead-off home run in the 11th inning Tuesday afternoon capped an improbable 7-6 come-from-behind victory for the Hooks, who authored a series sweep of the Cardinals at Hammons Field.
With Corpus Christi trailing 5-1, Andrew Aplin opened the ninth by coaxing a walk from Ronnie Shaban. Preston Tucker was next and smashed a double off the glove of first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez and down the right-field line. Enrique Hernandez chased them home with a book-rule double into the Hooks bullpen in left field.
Leo Heras kept the line moving with a walk. MP Cokinos served a single to center, scoring Hernandez from second to bring the Hooks within a run. Heras took third on the throw. Later in the inning, Cokinos stole second base, placing a pair in scoring position for Joe Sclafani. In his second game with the Hooks, Sclafani line a base hit to center field to tie the game. Delino DeShields, Jr., was next and pushed a squeeze bunt up the first-base line for a 6-5 Corpus Christi lead.
Lefty David Rollins, who entered in the sixth, walked Mike O'Neill to begin the Cardinal ninth. Jorge De Leon was called upon from the Corpus Christi bullpen. O'Neill then stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by catcher Tyler Heineman. With the infield drawn in, De Leon (1-0) induced a chopper to second for the first out. Aledmys Diaz followed and hit a broken-bat flare to shallow center to square the score at 6.
In the 11th, Mier, who came off the bench in the ninth as a defensive replacement, deposited the first pitch from Ryan Sheriff onto the berm in center field for his first bomb of the season.
Mier is 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs to start the season.
Travis Ballew pitched the bottom half for the Hooks and worked around a lead-off single to secure his second save of the season.
Corpus Christi scratched a run in the first off Springfield start Kurt Heyer. DeShields cracked a double to begin the game and cruised to third on a wild pitch. Tucker later bounced into a force play, allowing DeShields to scamper home.
Heyer held the Hooks to two hits over the next six innings. He walked one, fanned four and, at one point, retired 16 in a row.
The Hooks are off Wednesday before opening a three-game series against Tulsa on Thursday at Whataburger Field. Ross Seaton and lefty Luis Cruz are slated to pitch for Corpus Christi.
Gates open at 5:40 and first pitch is 7:10 as all fans are treated to 2014 Hooks Schedule Magnets from CPL Retail Energy and postgame fireworks. It's also Thirsty Thursday (discounted beer and soda) courtesy of Stripes.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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