Games 3 & 4
If the two games in Corpus Christi were rough for the Hooks, their trip to Midland was crushing. The Hooks took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth in game three and came within one out of taking a commanding 2-1 series lead. An error hit by pitch, two walks, and two hits later they found themselves in a 2-1 series deficit that they were unable to turn around. Dropping the following contest on Saturday and watching their impressive season come to an end.
Third game a charm?
For the third consecutive game, the Hooks benefited from good starting pitching. This time from Rogelio Armenteros (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K). Armenteros finished the regular season with a 1.96 ERA and carried over his effectiveness into the Hooks third game against the Rockhounds. Things were looking good for Corpus Christi after a five-run fourth inning, led by a three-run bomb off the bat of Bobby Boyd. The Hooks would take a 5-2 lead into the final frame before Viesergy Rosa launched a grand slam over the right field wall, stealing the game out from under the Hooks’ feet.
Emotionally and physically exhausted, the Hooks weren’t able to muster much offense in what would end up being the final game of the series on Saturday. Ramon Laureano and Ferguson each came up with a two-out RBI in the eight and ninth innings, respectively. Cy Sneed, who has had an up and down second half allowed three earned runs in four innings. Before the break, Snead was 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA. Since the break, Snead is 3-4 with a 4.59 ERA. The Hooks got the second-half Sneed on Saturday and not enough pop in the bats to overcome it.
The Hooks end their 2016 campaign with 86 wins and 58 losses (including the playoffs). Their regular season record (85-55) was the best in the Texas League. But for the second year, they are sent home early at the hands of the Rockhounds.
***Statistics from MiLB.com and Baseball Reference***