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Hooks Rally Late, Stuns Springfield

Corpus Christi rallies from 5-1 9th inning deficit to beat Springfield 7-6 in 11.
COLUMBIA, Mo--There are better ways to start a baseball season.

The Springfield Cardinals capped off the season opening homestand by giving up a four run ninth inning lead and losing to Corpus Christi.

The Cardinals started the game 1-for-5 so far this season, and on a three game losing streak.

Corpus Christi took a 1-nothing lead, but Springfield rallied in the bottom of the first.

The Cuban kid, Aledmys Diaz slices this into the right field corner, James Ramsey scores on the stand up triple, it's 1-1.

Then Jonathan Rodriguez muscles up against the stiff wind blowing in from left, and takes this into the bullpen, a two run shot, it's 3-1 Springfield.

It was 4-1 when Diaz does it again, this time a double to right, that scores Ramsey again it's 5-1.

Springfield was 3 outs away from winning when the Hooks would rally, it's 5-4 when Joe Sclafani singles up the middle, Leo Heras scores it's 5-5.

Then Delino DeShields junior pulls this bunt down the first baseline, M.P. Cokinos scores it's 6-5 Corpus Christi.

Springfield ties it back up, it's Diaz again with a broken bat single to center that scores Mike O'Neill it's 6-6 into extra innings.

But in the 11th, the Hooks Giovanni Mier belted a homer and corpus christi wins 7-6.

"The guys played well the whole game, you have a 5-1 lead and you feel like you have the momentum, play well and play clean and you just couldn't get it done in the ninth," said Springfield manager Mike Shildt.  "I need to remind you that it's about development.  From a record standpoint it's not anywhere close to what we'd like.  We do compete to win the games.  And the scoreboard is real.  And the standings are real.  But at the end of the day it's about an opportunity for growth and a lot of opportunity to learn and teach..."
      

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