CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas– The Drillers made the long trek from Tulsa to Corpus Christi to take on the Hooks on Tuesday night.
Drillers starting pitcher Justin De Fratus was able to give his team seven quality innings, but the offense was unable to get anything going in a 4-1 loss to the Hooks.
After a scoreless first, the Hooks were the first to put runs on the board in the bottom of the second. The inning started with two singles, followed by a sacrifice bunt to put runners at second and third. Ryne Birkthen doubled to put Corpus Christi on top 2-0.
The Drillers came back with a run in the top of the fourth. The inning started with a pair of strikeouts, but D.J. Peters followed by crushing a solo home run over the left field wall to cut the deficit to 2-1.
An inning later, the Hooks answered with two more runs. Ronnie Dawson homered, then a single and a walk put a pair of runners on. Randy Cesar then grounded to De Fratus, who made an errant throw over first base, allowing a run to score and push the Hooks lead to 4-1.
The score remained the same going into the eighth inning. Nolan Long replaced De Fratus out of the bullpen and set the Hook down in order.
The top of the ninth started with Jacob Scavuzzo reaching by getting hit by a pitch. But the Drillers were unable to rally, as the offense went hitless for the final four innings in the 4-1 defeat.
WHAT YOU MISSED
*Gavin Lux has hit safely in all five games since being called up to the Drillers. He is 8-20 in Double-A.
*The Peters blast in the fourth inning was his 23rd of the season, the most in the Texas League.
*De Fratus has now pitched at least seven innings in his last three starts.
*Errol Robinson accounted for two of the four Drillers hits.
*Prior to Monday’s day off, the Drillers had played 26 straight games which is the longest stretch of the season. They were 13-13 over that time.
*Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is currently on a rehab assignment with Corpus Christi. He was 0-3 with a walk on Tuesday.
The Drillers will look to bounce back as they take on the Hooks in game-two of the three-game set on Wednesday night. First pitch at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi is scheduled for 7:05 and the probable starting pitchers will be:
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