David Hensley hammered a pair of homers and drove in five runs Thursday night as the Corpus Christi Hooks turned on the offense early and then cruised to a 6-1 victory over the San Antonio Missions.
With the outburst, Hensley, a 6-foot-6 slugger who swings from the right side, increased his home run total to three in three games.
The Missions put a run on the board early, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a Kyle Overstreet RBI single. From there, the Hooks retaliated by delivering with big swings from Hensley and Norel Gonzalez.
First, Hensley slammed a two-run shot in the bottom of the first. Next, Gonzalez added a solo shot in the second. In the bottom of the third, Hensley struck again with another two-run blast. It gave the Hooks a 5-1 lead and put them in charge against the Missions and starter Caleb Boushley, who was making his Double-A debut.
Hensley, from San Diego and San Diego State University, added to his best outing of the young season with an RBI single in the sixth inning.
After the Missions scored early, Hooks starter Jonathan Bermudez settled down to pitch five strong innings. Middle reliever Joe Record was wild, but he made it through the next three frames, and Nick Hernandez worked the ninth inning. Combined, the three of them limited the Missions to three hits and struck out 13 to continue a trend.
In three games, Hooks pitching has recorded 41 strike outs.
Corpus Christi 2-1
San Antonio 1-2
San Antonio at Corpus Christi, Friday night