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Petit HR large for Midland

/ Source: KRIS-TV

CORPUS CHRISTI - Houston Astros starter Jason Jennings turned in five shutout innings and the Hooks flashed leather all over the field. The combination, though, did not result in a win for Corpus Christi.

Midland shortstop Gregorio Petit clubbed a two-out, two-run home run high onto the berm in left in the top of the eighth to give the visiting RockHounds a 2-0 win at Whataburger Field Thursday night. Corpus Christi's fourth shutout loss of the season drops the Hooks to 12-29 in the first half.

Jennings, making his first rehab start since going on the disabled list back in mid April, looked very good. He allowed just three hits, all singles, and walked one while striking out two. Jennings threw 54 pitches during his five innings and got a solid defensive play from second baseman Jonny Ash in the third to prevent Midland from scoring.

A diving catch by center fielder Ray Sadler and a terrific throw by left fielder Beau Torbert to catcher Jeff Mackor to nail Eddie Cornejo at the plate highlighted a superb defensive effort by the Hooks in the sixth. Shortstop Edwin Maysonet and right fielder Francisco Caraballo also made stellar defensive plays late in the game to take hits away from the RockHounds.

But Midland was not to be denied in the eighth. Vince Faison singled to start the frame, and when Cornejo popped up to pitcher Josh Muecke (0-3) in a failed attempt to move the runner, Faison stole second. Richie Robnett bounced out to first baseman Neil Sellers, moving Faison to third.

Muecke, who worked 2.2 innings in relief of Jennings, was pulled at that point in favor of Ryan Thompson, a righty brought in to face Petit, a right-handed hitter. Petit socked Thompson's 2-0 pitch over the wall in left for his second homer of the year and the only runs of the game.

The Hooks, who have scored just seven runs in the last five games, left 10 men on base and were just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Torbert, though, did go 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to eight games.

Game 2 of the series takes place Friday night at 7:05. Newcomer Ryan Webb (3-2, 3.99 with Stockton) is slated to start for the RockHounds, while the Hooks are expected to go with Chance Douglass (0-2, 5.46)