Astros’ Hooks Looking for Answers to Inconsistent Play

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 The Astros’ Double-A Hooks can’t seem to find their groove in the second half of the Texas League season.

It was an up and down week for the Hooks, going 3-4 against Springfield and Tulsa. They are 5-5 in their last ten games and have struggled to put the hitting and pitching together on the same night. Perhaps the most notable happening for Corpus Christi this week was Morgan Ensberg stepping in to manage his first minor league game on Wednesday – a 7-5 Hooks win.

Following the trade of Alfredo Gonzalez to the White Sox, the Hooks found their replacement behind the dish in Garrett Stubbs, formerly of the Lancaster Jethawks. Catcher Marion Avea was assigned to Lancaster in a corresponding roster move. Also joining Stubbs in Corpus Christi are RHP Scott Weathersby from Lancaster and former Hook Chris Cotton from Fresno.  Michael Freeman and Chan-Jong Moon were placed on the seven-day disabled list to make room. Weathersby was reassigned to Lancaster when Freeman came off the disabled list on Friday.

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Game Results

Monday: Tulsa L 2-10

Tuesday: Tulsa, L 6-14

Wednesday: @ Springfield W 7-5

Thursday: @ Springfield W 4-3

Friday: @ Springfield L 5-14

Saturday: @ Tulsa 7-6

Sunday: @ Tulsa L 6-7

Second Half Record: 9-8, 2nd in the South Division, three games behind Midland.

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