The Corpus Christi Beach Dawgs were up 5-1 after the sixth inning. Then came a seventh inning they would like to forget as the Bay Area Toros scored six unanswered runs, leading up to a 7-5 win Sunday night at Fairgrounds Field.
It was the second-straight loss at home for the Beach Dawgs after losing 3-1 to the Toros Saturday night.
Already up 1-0 in the bottom of third, the Beach Dawgs began to pull away.
With runners on the corners, catcher Joey Jacobo celebrated his birthday with a two-run RBI double that brought in first baseman Carlos Hung and left fielder Dan Chappelle.
The bottom of the fourth was also kind to Corpus Christi as two more runs scored, giving them a commanding 5-0 lead.
With Beach Dawg center fielder Earl White at first, Continental Baseball League batting leader Tyler Kmetko was at the plate. After White stole second base, Kmetko was hoping just to execute a sacrifice bunt, but Bay Area third baseman Erik Brown made an errant throw to first as White made it safely home and Kmetko made his way to third.
Brad Coleman was next to bat and also reached base on another throwing error. This time, the error was caused by Toro shortstop Trent Mayer. Coleman advanced to second as Kmetko scored run No. 5 for the Beach Dawgs.
The Beach Dawgs were coasting with a 5-1 lead in the top of the seventh when the defense collapsed for Corpus Christi.
After pitching 6 1/3 solid innings, starting pitcher Gustavo Vasquez ended his day on the mound after injuring his back.
"It hurts a little, but I hope to make it back next week," Vasquez said.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Beach Dawgs' reliever Garardo Valera faced Jose Suncar. Valera struck him out, but the ball got away from Jacobo. Suncar made it to first as Toro first baseman Nick Czekaj crossed home, cutting the Corpus Christi lead, 5-2.
Bay Area left fielder Greg Plecki was next at the plate. On the first pitch, Plecki hit a two-run RBI single as the Toros got within one, 5-4.
Still with two outs and runners at first and second, Toro left fielder Grant Massie ripped a two-run RBI triple down the left field line, giving Bay Area the lead, 6-5.
Beach Dawgs' manager Trey Salinas saw enough from Valera and took him off the mound.
Mark Acierno hoped to ease the pain for Corpus Christi, but Bay Area scored another run on a failed 3-1 groundout attempt to retire Robby Tolan, bringing Massie home as Acierno missed the catch at first.
"We got really comfortable on offense," Kmetko said. "Defensively, we did good also, but we just couldn't get the final out in that inning."
The Beach Dawgs are spending their week on the road before they come back home Tuesday to face the McKinney Blue Thunder for a three-game series at Fairgrounds Field.
"We just need to come up with more intensity when we come back home," Kmetko said.