Posted: Sep 5, 2013 10:59 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Eddie Bonine pitched seven shutout innings and San Antonio's two-run fourth stood up as the Missions blanked Corpus Christi 2-0 in Game 2 of the Texas League Division Series Thursday at Whataburger Field before 4,116.
The South Division series is tied 1-1. Arkansas has a 2-0 lead over Tulsa in the North.
Bonine allowed five singles, one each in the fourth and sixth and three in the seventh, when the Hooks had him on the ropes but came away empty. The former major leaguer walked three and fanned two. Bonine threw 102 pitches, 65 for strikes.
Jeremy McBryde struck out two in a clean ninth for the save. Tim Sexton worked a 1-2-3 eighth.
Bonine, who has 62 appearances with the Detroit Tigers on his resume (2008-10), found himself in early two-out jeopardy. Bonine hit Erik Castro on the right leg and walked Domingo Santana before running up a 3-0 count against rehabbing Astros catcher Carlos Corporan, who ultimately went down swinging.
Yeison Asencio provided the only early-(second) inning blip for San Antonio vs. Nick Tropeano via a hustling two-out double that eluded Drew Muren's dive in left-center.
An opening base-on-balls haunted Tropeano during the fourth. Adam Buschini's double off the left-center field wall plated Cory Spangenberg. Two outs later, Buschini and Asencio changed places on the right fielder's third double of the series.
Tropeano allowed two-out singles to Jeudy Valdez and Rico Noel the next inning but worked his way out of a first-and-third jam by fanning Spangenberg.
Corpus Christi staged a promising yet unfruitful threat in the sixth as Ronny Torreyes (infield single) and Preston Tucker (walk) reached to begin the home half. Torreyes was doubled off second when Buschini made a diving catch of Castro's sinking liner in left. Bonine again walked Santana, but struck out Corporan.
Tropeano's night was over after he successfully navigated around two-on, one-out difficulty in the seventh. The league strikeout leader permitted seven hits, walked two and struck out seven. Houston's fifth-round pick two years ago threw 106 pitches (66 strikes).
Bonine took a roller coaster ride following the seventh inning stretch and then called it a night. Matt Duffy and Drew Muren set the table with singles right off the bat and the big right-hander escaped unscathed. Enrique Hernandez popped up to catcher Rocky Gale on a sacrifice bunt attempt and pinch-hitter Michael Burgess flew to center. Noel extinguished the rally from center, throwing out Duffy at the plate after picking up Torreyes' single.
San Antonio then singled three times against reliever Carlos Quevedo, but failed to string any hits together and left the bases full.
The series shifts to San Antonio's Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium Friday at 7:05, as the Missions send Donn Roach (8-12) against lefty Luis Cruz (2-0).
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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