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Hooks topple Missions 6-2


Tandem starters Mike Foltynewicz and David Martinez led the Corpus Christi Hooks to a 6-2 win over the San Antonio Missions Tuesday night at Wolff Stadium. Foltynewicz struggled a bit with his command early in the game. A pair of second inning walks came around to score on an Eddy Rodriguez triple to give San Antonio a 2-0 lead. After that, Folty would settle in and shut down the Missions before handing the ball to Martinez after logging five outstanding innings.

Mike Foltynewicz (photo by Tammy Tucker)

Foltynewicz was as advertised, reaching 100 miles per hour on the Wolff Stadium radar gun on multiple occasions. In Folty’s final three innings of work the Missions only managed to hit one ball out of the infield. Martinez was equally impressive. The 25-year old righthander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and recording his first save of the season.

Jonathan Singleton got the Hooks on the board with a 2-run triple in the third inning. Singleton pulled the ball into the rightfield corner and showed that he has surprising speed for a big man. Singleton would wind up circling the bases thanks to a throwing error  —  giving the Hooks a 3-2 lead.

Enrique Hernandez and Domingo Santana connected on solo homeruns to provide a pair of insurance runs for Martinez — even though he didn’t need them. Hernandez had a big night at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a double and a triple in addition to his fourth longball of the year.

Justin Maxwell also got into the act. The rehabbing big-leaguer stroked an RBI single up the middle in the fith inning. It was his first hit in 20 at-bats with the Hooks. Maxwell drove in George Springer, who had roped a double down the leftfield line earlier in the inning. Springer went 1 for 5 on the night, striking out in each of his other four plate appearances.

The win gave Corpus Christi a split of the 4-game series in San Antonio. Next up: the Hooks travel to Frisco for a 4-game set against the Texas Rangers farm team. The Hooks currently hold a two game lead over the RoughRiders in the Texas League’s South Division.