The Springfield Cardinals dropped a close game to the Corpus Christi Hooks in extra innings, losing 7-6 Monday night at Hammons Field.
The Cardinals started the scoring in the bottom of the second when Justin Toerner walked, went to third on a single to right by Elehuris Montero and scored on a force out by Conner Capel. 1-0 Cards.
The Hooks took the lead in the top of the fourth inning when Ronnie Dawson doubled to left field, followed by Abraham Toro hitting his 15th home run of the season. Hooks 2 Cardinals 1.
Another home run in the top of the fifth, this time from Chuckie Robinson, gave the Hooks a 3-1 advantage.
The Cardinals would tie it with a long ball in the bottom of the inning. Rayder Ascanio lead off the inning with a walk, and Dylan Carlson hit his 18th home run of the year to tie the game at 3.
The home run fiesta, however, went the Hooks’ way in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs in the inning, Abraham Toro, Seth Beer, and Colton Shaver hit back-to-back-to-back solo shots to give Corpus the 6-3 lead.
Justin Toerner decided it was his turn to join the home run fray with a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the Hooks’ lead to 6-4.
The Cards tied it up in the bottom of the eighth inning….again via the long ball. Justin Toerner singled to lead off the inning, followed by Elehuris Montero going deep for the fifth time this year. Game tied at 6.
After a late rain delay, the battle went into extra innings before Bryan De La Cruz scored on a double by Abraham Toro to give the Hooks a 7-6 win.
Erasmo Pinales earned this win for the Hooks, Bryan Dobzanski took the loss, and Carlos Sanabria earned a save.