The Corpus Christi Hooks, members of the Texas League’s South Division, play four series each year against the local Arkansas Travelers, members of the Texas League North. Two of these series are played in Corpus and two in Little Rock, but for the last several seasons, the first Little Rock series has always fallen during dates when my wife and I were out of town. When the 2012 schedules were released, I was immediately excited to see that wouldn’t be the case this year, so last night’s game was the first chance I’ve ever had to catch the Hooks in early season action. What follows is a sampling of the photos I took during the game:
Hooks CF Austin Wates leads off the game against Travs righty Matt Oye. He would single and come around to score the game’s first run.
Just back off the DL, Hooks C Chris Wallace bats in the 2nd.
And just in from Extended Spring Training, 3B Brandon Wikoff follows with a single.
Kody Hinze DH’d and hit 8th this night. After a solid 2011, he’s struggled so far this year.
Hooks starter Ross Seaton attempts a pickoff to first in the 5th. The batter is Travs SS Jean Segura, one of the Angels’ top prospects this year.
Not the best photo, but RF Andy Simunic was the star of this game. He gunned a runner down at the plate moments before this to end the 5th, then later made a heads-up steal of third that led to the winning run.
Hooks SS Jonathan Villar awaits his turn at the plate. He looked overmatched when I saw him last August, but he’s looking much better now.
Hooks 2B Jose Martinez readies for the pitch.
This, ladies & gentlemen, is the back of Brett Oberholtzer’s head. On the left in plaid is Jose Cisnero. Brett was really nice and chatted with us periodically throughout the game, but they were there to track the Hooks’ pitches, so I tried not to bother him too much.
This is Arkansas fan favorite Darwin Perez, the Travs’ own diminutive 2B. He’s listed at 5′ 10″, but that’s generous.
Astros 1B of the future Jonathan Singleton launches one deep to left center for a game-tying solo shot in the 7th. This was his first HR against a lefty in 2012.
Ultimately the Hooks won 3-2, and it was a great night. If circumstances allow, we’re hoping to make it out again for the series conclusion Friday night, with Oberholtzer on the mound.