Corpus Christi Hooks pitching held the San Antonio Missions in check for all but one inning on Wednesday night.
The Hooks beat the Missions 4-2 to even the series after the Missions won Tuesday night’s season opener.
The Missions strung together three hits in the fifth inning to score twice. But the Missions only had one other hit the rest of the night, that coming in the ninth inning.
Juan Fernandez ignited the Missions’ fifth-inning rally with a leadoff single. Mat Batten followed with a double to put two runners in scoring position with no outs.
The Hooks got the next two batters on a ground out and a strikeout. Robbie Podorsky, who had four hits in Tuesday’s opener, came through again with a two-out single to center that brought in both Fernandez and Batten.
The Hooks went in front for on a two-run homer by Grae Kessinger that gave Corpus Christi a 3-2 lead.
Three Hooks pitchers combined to allow four hits while striking out 17 Missions batters.
Missions second baseman Eguy Rosario is listed at 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds. That’s probably how big he was when he signed his first contract as a teenager. I’m guessing he is more like 5-11 and 190 pounds. He has some muscle on him.
Podorsky is one of the smaller guys on the team and looks like a contact hitter. Two games is a small sample size, but so far he is the Missions’ most consistent batter at putting the ball in play. He has five hits and three RBIs while batting in the No. 9 spot.
Fernandez looks like a guy who has fun playing the game. I think he will be a fan favorite in San Antonio.
The sun angles at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi are very different from Wolff Stadium in San Antonio. At Whataburger, the right fielder is staring into the sun as it sets over the grandstand. At the Wolff, the left fielder is the one fighting the sun before it sets.