The Hooks started the game off with Tyler Lumsden who came into the game with a 3.82 ERA, but has been struggling throughout the year with a 4-4 record.
The offense started early for the Missions in the bottom of the second inning. With a men on first and third, Michael Collins singled on a ground ball to left field which scored Forsythe and continued his hitting streak to an impressive eleven straight games. Two batters later, with the bases loaded Lumsden threw a wild pitch to advance the runners and increase the Missions lead 2-0.
The game took a wild turn in the bottom of the sixth. After a controversial call at first, the Hooks manager Wes Clements was thrown out of the game before taking the field to argue the call with the first base umpire; Dan Oliver. After the delay, with the bases loaded Collins produced offense once again for the Missions grounding a ball down the third base line. Forsythe scores from third and a wild throw from second to first allowed another run to come in for the Missions making the score 4-0 at the end of the sixth.
“I saw a lot of good pitches tonight,” said Collins. “It really was my night at the plate. I made good contact with the ball and did what I needed to do to score runs for my team.”
Scoring continued for the Missions in the bottom of the eighth inning as leadoff batter Cedric Hunter slammed a ball past the right field fence for his fourth homerun of the season and extended the Missions lead to 5-0. The Hooks were closed down in the top of the ninth and earns the Missions their seventh shutout of the season. The Missions have a three game win streak going into the series with Midland and are looking to continue their current success in the second half of the season.
“Midland is an aggressive team,” said Dascenzo. “As long as we’re swinging the bat well and our pitching is where it needs to be we should be able to keep this success going. We just need to take one game at a time and focus on the things we need to work on.”