The Hannibal Hoots scored nine unanswered runs for a 9-1 win at Springfield on Wednesday night to break a four-game losing streak.
Graham Kuck made the most of his spot start for the Hannibal Hoots on Wednesday night.
The Corona, California, left-hander pitched five innings of one-run ball while striking out seven to lead Hannibal to a 9-1 road win over the Springfield Sliders.
Kuck made his 14th appearance of the Prospect League season — the first 13 coming in relief.
“Graham was tremendous,” Hannibal manager Clayton Hicks said of his winning pitcher. “He had really good command and dominated for the most part.”
The Hoots improve to 21-30 with nine games remaining.
Hannibal strung together a 12-hit attack paced by the bottom of its lineup. The final four batters in the Hoots order combined for seven hits and eight runs.
Brady West doubled home Josh Lane in the third for Hannibal's first run of the game. That tied the score 1-all and launched a spree of nine unanswered runs.
Alex Roy reached on an error in the fourth that brought two runs home, beginning a four-run frame for the Hoots. Daunte DeCello and Joe Roscetti followed with RBI singles.
Aaron Goecks connected for a one-out solo home run in the fifth to make it 6-1. Patrick Donohue delivered an RBI single, and Lane capped the three-run inning with a sacrifice fly that scored DeCello.
Chris Iazzetta led off the ninth with a solo homer to pad Hannibal's advantage. It was Iazzetta's fourth long ball of the season.
Jonny Steiner fired five punchouts during 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief for the Hoots, and Tommy Kraus sealed the victory by recording the final five outs.
Hannibal is scheduled to host Chillicothe on Thursday night.