In case you haven’t heard yet, the Astros AA affiliate Corpus Christi Hooks clinched a playoff spot with a 5-2 win over San Antonio on Saturday. Jake Goebbert‘s two-run homer in the first inning set the tone early and Paul Clemens held the Missions to one run on three hits through six innings. Kevin Chapman and Jason Stoffel came out of the bullpen to finish things off and the Hooks celebrated on the diamond at Whataburger Field. It had to be a great feeling for those associated with the team that had labored through a dismal 2011 season.
Asher Wojciechowski followed up the clincher by pitching the Hooks to a 2-1 victory over the Missions on Sunday. Robbie Grossman and Austin Wates provided the offense. Both singled and came around to score in the third inning. Wojciechowski improved to 2-2 since coming over from the Blue Jays organization thanks to bullpen help from Josh Zeid and Arcenio Leon. Wojo allowed only two hits and two walks, keeping the Padres farm team off the scoreboard in his six innings of work.
The Hooks completed the three game sweep of San Antonio Monday with another excellent pitching performance. This time it was Ross Seaton‘s turn to tame the Missions. Seaton fanned nine in seven shutout innings as the Hooks prevailed by a 3-0 score. Seaton provided his own run support as well, stroking a two-run triple in the fourth inning of a scoreless game. Erick Abreu threw two perfect innings, becoming the third different Hooks pitcher to earn a save in the three game series.
The Hooks now have seven games remaining on the regular season schedule, all on the road. The Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers) host the Hooks for four games starting on Tuesday. A Labor Day Weekend series in San Antonio finishes off the regular season before the Hooks travel back to Frisco to start the playoffs. Making the Texas League playoffs is a tremendous accomplishment. But I have a feeling the Hooks players won’t be happy unless they knock off the RoughRiders and advance to the championship round. If they can do so they will face the winner of the Springfield (Cardinals) vs. Tulsa (Rockies) series.