Cardinals Grapple Hooks, 8-6

The Springfield Cardinals ended their latest homestand with a win, topping the Corpus Christi Hooks 8-6 Sunday afternoon at Hammons Field.

The Hooks struck first in the game, with left fielder Bryan De La Cruz dropping a line drive into right field for a triple. He scored two batters later when Granden Goetzman doubled to right center, for a 1-0 Hooks lead.

The Hooks picked up another run in the top of the second when Osvaldo Duarte hit his fourth triple of the season to right center field, then scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Carlos Canelon. 2-0 Hooks.

The Cardinals broke onto the scoreboard in the biottom of the second inning thanks to the big bat of Rayder Ascanio. Jose Godoy walked with one out, and then with two out Ascanio slapped a double to the gap in right center field, allowing Godoy to rumble home. Hooks 2 Cardinals 1.

The Cardinals then tied the game when Alberto Triunfel blooped a single just past a diving Hooks shortstop to score Ascanio. 2-2.

The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when things got a little wild for Hooks pitcher Enoli Paredes. Rayder Ascanio singled off a ground ball to third he beat out at first base. Paredes then walked Triunfel and Martinez to load the bases. After a visit to the mound from the Hooks’ skipper, Paredes hit Justin Toerner with a pitch to bring home Ascanio and give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.

Carlos Sanabria then came into pitch for Paredes…and threw a wild pitch on his second pitch to allow Triunfel to score. 4-2 Cardinals.

Chris Chinea then blew the inning open with two outs as he hit a line drive to center field that scored both Martinez and Toerner, putting the Cardinals ahead 6-2.

The Hooks picked up a runs in the eighth starting with Abraham Toro hitting his 11th home run of the year. Cardinals 6 Hooks 3.

Colton Shaver doubled to center field and then scored on a single by Ronnie Dawson to cut the Cardinals lead to 6-4. After advancing on a ground out, Dawson then scored on a single by Carlos Canelon, slicing the Cardinals lead to one run, 6-5.

The Cards took back a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, when Chris Chinea hit a two-run blast over the right field wall to give the Cardinals an 8-5 lead. It was Chinea’s ninth home run of the year.

The Hooks tried to rally in the ninth. Bryan De La Cruz hit his second triple of the game to start the inning (just as he did to lead off the first inning.) He scored on a ground out by Stephen Wrenn. Cardinals 8 Hooks 6.

Unfortunately for the Hooks, the one run was all they could manage, and the Cards picked up the 8-6.

Austin Warner picked up the win for the Cardinals, improving his record to 4-5. Kodi Whitley picked up his second save. Enoli Paredes fell to 0-1 on the season with the loss.