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Monday, June 18, 2012

Correa Debuts, GCL Astros Win Opener

#1 draft pick Carlos Correa reached base in the first and last innings of his first professional game as the Gulf Coast League Astros won their 2012 season opener over the Cardinals 1-0 in 13 innings.  Correa, batting second in the order, singled in his professional at bat in the bottom of the first inning.  After the single, Correa stole second base.  In the bottom of the 13th inning, he walked to load the bases with one out.  In between the first and the 13th inning, Correa was retired four consecutive times by Cardinals pitchers: Ground Out, Ground Out, Swinging Strikeout and Fly Out.

The Cardinals batters of the future kept Correa busy in the field.  Over 13 innings at Shortstop, Correa had eight assists(including one that started a double play), three put-outs and one fielding error.

After Correa's bases-loading walk in the 13th inning, Teoscar Hernandez popped out to the catcher.  According to the MiLB.com game recap, Kelvin Vizcaino subsequently scored the game-winning run from third base on a throwing error by the Cardinals' first baseman. 

Five GCL Astros pitchers combined to hold the Cardinals scoreless on six hits over 13 innings.  Jose Montero, making his first stateside appearance, pitched the 13th inning and earned the victory.

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