The Corpus Christi Hooks entered Monday's game with the Tulsa Drillers as the top-scoring team in the Texas League, and they did nothing to harm their standing. The Hooks plated 10 runs in the first three innings and eventually defeated the Drillers 16-2 at ONEOK Field.
The 16 runs were the most surrendered by the Drillers' pitchers this season as were the 18 hits they allowed.
The Hooks scored four times in the top of the first inning against Tulsa starter Joe Gardner and never looked back. The four runs all scored after Gardner had recorded two outs.
After a one-out double from Andy Simunic, Jose Martinez grounded out, but the third and final out would prove to be elusive. Justin Maxwell, who is on an injury rehabilitation assignment from the Houston Astros, was hit by a pitch. Jonathan Singleton hit a slow infield chopper for an infield single that scored Simunic, and Drew Locke followed with a three-run homer into the terrace section in left field to quickly give Corpus Christi a 4-0 lead.
Tulsa responded with its only two runs in the bottom of the first on a pair of hits and three walks. Both Josh Rutledge and Nolan Arenado singled and scored. Rutledge scored the first run on a bases loaded walk to Corey Dickerson, while Arenado came home on a sacrifice fly from Kent Matthes.
Corpus Christi put the game away with a six-run third. The first five hitters of the inning reached base safely, producing two runs and ending Gardner's night. Cory Riordan came on and got a strikeout and a sacrifice fly before three straight hits plated three more runs and upped the Hooks lead to 10-2.
A solo homer from Jake Goebbert in the fourth, his 5th of the year, made it 11-2.
A run-scoring hit from Adam Bailey in the sixth upped the Hooks lead to 10 runs.
Tulsa outfielder Tim Torres took to the mound for the ninth inning, and Corpus Christi batted around and capped its big night with four more runs.
Despite the big loss, the Drillers are now 4-2 in the current homestand. They will play the finale of the stand at 7:05PM Tuesday night. Parker Frazier (3-9, 4.00 ERA) will pitch for Tulsa, while Corpus Christi will send Bobby Doran (3-0, 5.06) to the mound.