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Sod Poodles lose second straight to Hooks 6-1

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The Amarillo Sod Poodles fell to the Corpus Christi Hooks for a second consecutive night on Tuesday by a score of 6-1 in front of a crowd of 5,104. Infielder Hudson Potts highlighted the Sod Poodles' four-hit night as he went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, and scored Amarillo's only run. With the loss, the Sod Poodles fall to four games back as Frisco won their second game against Midland.

The Hooks kicked off the scoring Tuesday night in the fourth inning. After stranding two runners in scoring position in the first and third innings, Josh Rojas broke the goose egg with a two-out solo home run in the top of the fourth to make it a 1-0 advantage. 

In the fifth, Corpus Christi catcher Chuckie Robinson led off with a single while two wild pitches would advance him to third. After a walk surrendered to Anibal Sierra, Sod Poodles starter Lake Bachar went on to strike out the next two but would give up another single to Abraham Toro to make it a 2-0 game. 

Bachar would exit after battling through four and two-thirds innings with five strikeouts, making way for reliever Kazuhisa Makita. Makita would give up a ground-rule double to allow one more Hooks' run before striking out Granden Goetzman to end the damage. 

In the bottom of the fifth, the Sod Poodles put their first hit on the board with a double by Hudson Potts to right field. Webster Rivas followed up with a one-out double after Brad Zunica grounded out to plate Amarillo's first run of the night to make it a 3-1 game. A wild pitch then sent Rivas to third while Taylor Kohlwey walked to put runners on the corners, but a Buddy Reed strikeout and Ivan Castillo groundout would end the threat. 

In the sixth, the Hooks would get a run right back after Rojas collected his second home run of the game, extending the visiting lead back to three runs at 4-1. 

Hooks starter Bryan Abreu completed his outing after tossing 78 pitches over five innings while allowing one run on two doubles with seven strikeouts. 

Corpus Christi brought more insurance off of fresh reliever Michel Baez, who was added to Amarillo's roster before the game. Stephen Wrenn led off the half with the Hooks third solo home run of the contest to extend to a 5-1 advantage but would get out of the half unscathed from there. 

Potts led off the bottom of the seventh with his second double of the night to centerfield but would be left stranded after three consecutive outs to keep the 5-1 score intact. 

In the ninth, fellow six-foot, eight-inch reliever Dauris Valdez would take over for Baez, after he tossed two innings of one-run, two-hit ball with four strikeouts. Valdez ended up allowing one run on a walk and a hit to make it a 6-1 contest.

The Sod Poodles would threaten in the bottom of the ninth after two one-out walks but ended up going scoreless and making it a final 6-1 game.

On Wednesday, the Sod Poodles and Hooks will complete their three-game series in downtown Amarillo in a morning day game with first pitch scheduled for 11:05 a.m. Southpaw Adrian Morejon will take the mound for the Sod Poodles as he looks for his first victory of the season. Morejon will face off against fellow lefty Brett Adcock in Wednesday's matinee contest. Gates open at 9:30 a.m.

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