Sod Poodles defeat Hooks 7-6

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The Amarillo Sod Poodles were victorious over the Corpus Christi Hooks 7-6 in Wednesday's dramatic series finale. The Sod Poodles and Hooks combined for eight solo home runs in the matinee contest with six coming off the bats of Corpus Christi. With the victory, the Sod Poodles avoided the sweep and improve to a season record of 20-24. 

Both Ivan Castillo and Chris Baker highlighted the Sod Poodles offense with a home run each. 

Sod Poodles starter Adrian Morejon exited after three innings, making way for Padres' rehabber Miguel Diaz, tossing 41 pitches total in his third start since being activated from the injured list. He allowed just two hits and one run with three strikeouts. 

Padres' rehabber Miguel Diaz completed his fourth rehab appearance following the seventh inning. He tossed four innings, allowing five hits, which were all solo home runs, and struck out nine Hooks' batters - both new career highs. 

The Hooks got the offense going early on in the morning game as Stephen Wrenn broke the zero with a solo home run - his second in two games - to make it a 1-0 Corpus Christi lead. 

After two hitless halves, the Sod Poodles found their swing in the bottom of the third. Brad Zunica led the frame off with his fourth double of the season while Buddy Reed collected a bunt single behind him. After a fielder's choice groundball off the bat of Rodrigo Orozco to plate Zunica and tie the game at 1-1, Castillo connected with his first pitch, sending his second home run of 2019 over the left-field wall to put the Sod Poodles up 3-1. 

Diaz, who started the inning in good shape with two consecutive strikeouts, allowed three consecutive solo home runs to Lorenzo Quintana, Josh Rojas, and Chas McCormick to give the Hooks the 4-3 lead. 

In the bottom of the fourth, Baker shifted the lead back into Amarillo's hands after he knocked a two-out, two-run home run to right-centerfield, plating Webster Rivas, who singled, giving the Sod Poodles the 5-4 advantage. 

Amarillo kept their foot on the pedal in the bottom of the fifth after two consecutive singles by Orozco and Castillo started the inning. Following a fly out by Edward Olivares, Owen Miller lined a two-RBI double off of the left-field LED board, marking his 10th of the season, to extend the home squad to a 7-4 lead. 

The slugfest continued into the sixth after Hooks' Abraham Toro became the seventh batter in the game to collect a home run and Rojas collected his second solo home run of the day, marking Corpus Christi's fifth and sixth solo home runs in game three, minimizing the Sod Poodles lead to 7-6. 

In the eighth, Hooks' Wrenn led off the top half with a stand-up triple on his line drive to the right-centerfield gap to represent the tying run. But southpaw reliever Travis Radke replied with two consecutive strikeouts and a groundout to strand the run 90 feet away and maintain the one-run lead. 

In the ninth, the Hooks caused more late drama when they loaded the bases against Radke with three consecutive singles. With new reliever David Bednar and no outs to work with, he struck out Anibal Sierra and Osvaldo Duarte while Wrenn flied out to maintain the one-run lead and end the contest after two hours and thirty-two minutes.

On Thursday, the Amarillo Sod Poodles and Midland RockHounds will begin a four-game series in downtown Amarillo with first pitch of the series opener scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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