Northwest Arkansas pounded out six runs in the second inning and rolled to a 6-3 victory over the San Antonio Missions on Sunday at Wolff Stadium.
The Missions’ Juan Fernandez had three hits and extended his hitting streak to eight games. He has a .487 batting average and 1.155 OPS with eight RBIs in 10 games.
Fernandez scored the Missions’ first run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly. He added a two-run single in the seventh for the rest of the Missions’ scoring.
San Antonio starter Daniel Camarena made his season debut with the Missions and pitched one scoreless inning. The 30-year-old left-hander did not allow a hit, walked two and struck out two. Camarena pitched in six games with the San Diego Padres in 2021.
Missions reliever Henry Henry was tagged for all six runs. He gave up three hits and two walks and hit two batters in 2/3 of an inning as he struggled with his control.
Three San Antonio relievers – Nolan Watson, Alek Jacob and Kevin Kopps – combined to hold Northwest Arkansas scoreless over the final seven innings.
The San Antonio Missions’ Luis Aviles Jr. came through with a two-run double in the second inning.
And then, Pedro Castellanos hit his fourth home run of the season, a grand slam later in the same inning.
And then, Missions starter Efrain Contreras pitched five no-hit innings.
And then, the Missions were on their way to a 7-0 lead after seven innings on Saturday night at Wolff Stadium.
And then, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals rallied… and rallied… and rallied.
The Naturals scored three runs in the eighth, four in the ninth, and outscored the Missions 4-3 in three extra innings for an 11-10 victory. Northwest Arkansas scored the go-ahead run on an RBI double by Jose Briceno in the top of the 12th inning.
Contreras, who is rebuilding his career after an injury wiped out his 2021 season, had his best outing of the season in his fifth start and was in line for a win when he left the game. The 23-year-old right-hander pitched five full innings and struck out six batters and had three walks.
Castellanos finished the game with two hits and five RBIs.
Missions catcher Michael De La Cruz had two hits and scored twice.
Juan Fernandez had only one plate appearance but extended his hitting streak to seven games. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 11th inning and produced an RBI single.
Luis Aviles Jr. hit his first home run of the season and Daniel Johnson hit his second to give the San Antonio Missions more runs than they needed to beat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 5-1 on Thursday night at Wolff Stadium.
Aviles hit a solo shot in the second inning. Johnson added a two-run homer in the third inning.
The Missions also got some offense from some of their veteran players. Tirso Ornelas had two hits and an RBI. Juan Fernandez doubled for the third night in a row and scored a run. Fernandez has a five-game hitting streak and is batting .452 in nine games.
Missions starting pitcher Duncan Snider went 4 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run on four hits and five walks with five strikeouts.
CD Pelham, the first receiver out of the Missions’ bullpen, got the last two outs of the fifth inning to earn his first win of the season. He allowed one hit and struck out one.
Missions relievers Nick Hernandez, Jose Espada and Jared Koenig combined to pitch the last four scoreless innings to hold down the win.
San Diego Padres prospect Jackson Wolf struck out a season-high 10 batters and switch-hitting catcher Michael De La Cruz hit his second home run as the San Antonio Missions beat up Northwest Arkansas 10-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Wolff Stadium.
Wolf, the only Missions starter to earn a win in the first 16 games of the season, ran his record to 2-2. The 6-foot-7 left-hander pitched five complete innings, allowed one run on four hits with one walk and double-digit strikeouts.
De La Cruz hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning. He finished with three hits, four RBIs and two runs scored.
The Missions piled up 11 hits. Ripken Reyes, another switch-hitter, had two hits, two RBIs and scored a run. Pedro Castellanos had two hits and an RBI and was hit by a pitch. Juan Fernandez had two hits, doubled for the second game in a row, had one RBI and scored twice.
Missions reliever Kevin Kopps pitched the final three scoreless innings for his first save of the season. The former University of Arkansas pitcher allowed one hit with no walks and struck out four.
San Antonio Missions Missions starting pitcher Nolan Watson gave up a run for the first time this season.
And he took the loss Tuesday at Wolff Stadium as the Northwest Arkansas Naturals beat the Missions 8-3.
But Watson pitched five full innings for the second straight start and has a stellar 0.64 ERA after pitching in four games this season.
The 6-foot-2 right-hander allowed two runs on Tuesday, only one earned, on five hits and no walks with one strikeout. He threw five scoreless innings in his previous outing.
The Naturals are the Double-A farm club of the Kansas City Royals. The 26-year-old Watson was originally picked by the Royals in the first round of the 2015 draft.
Missions reliever Edwuin Bencomo looks like he is finding his groove. He has appeared in six games this season and has not allowed a run in his last four. He pitched the final 1 1/3 innings on Tuesday and allowed one hit with one strikeout and no walks.
The Missions had 10 hits in the game but didn’t put much together until they scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning. Tirso Ornelas and Juan Fernandez each put up two hits, including a double, with one run and one RBI. Daniel Johnson had a hit and drove in the Missions’ other run.
The Naturals scored first with two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. Northwest Arkansas took control with five runs in the top of the eighth.
The Frisco RoughRiders rolled into San Antonio with some of the top young prospects in the Texas Rangers organization.
The RoughRiders wrapped up the six-game series with a 12-2 victory over the San Antonio Missions on Sunday at Wolff Stadium.
Frisco had 12 hits including a leadoff home run by Evan Carter and a grand slam by Dustin Harris. The RoughRiders also drew 10 walks.
Carter is a 20-year-old outfielder and the No. 1 prospect in the Rangers’ minor leagues. He pounded his way through six-game series against the Missions with 10 hits, four runs, 11 RBIs, seven walks, three home runs and a double.
Harris, a 23-year-old first baseman/outfielder, is the No. 7 Rangers prospect, according to MLB.com. He had six hits, five runs, five RBIs and seven walks against the Missions including a home run and double on Sunday.
The San Antonio Missions recorded a season-high eight hits including five doubles and a triple to beat the Frisco RoughRiders 4-1 on Saturday at Wolff Stadium.
Korry Howell, the top San Diego Padres prospect in the Missions’ lineup, had a double and a triple. Brantley Bell had two doubles, one of which looked like a home run from the stands but was ruled otherwise.
Howell and Chandler Seagle both had two RBIs. Seagle and Luis Aviles Jr. accounted for the Missions’ other two doubles.
Missions pitchers limited Frisco to five hits and held three of the first four in the RoughRiders’ batting order without a hit.
San Antonio starting pitcher Brian Gonzales went 3 2/3 innings and did not get a decision. He allowed Frisco’s only run on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Edwuin Bencomo was the first reliever out of the Missions bullpen and got the win. He went 2 1/3 innings and allowed only one walk with one strikeout.
Bencomo was the first of three Missions relievers, who combined to hold Frisco scoreless over the last 5 1/3 innings. Nick Hernandez pitched two innings. CD Pelham pitched the ninth and picked up his second save of the season.
Frisco scored a run in the top of the first for the early lead. The Missions went in front for good in the bottom of the second on a two-run double by Aviles that drove in Seagle and Bell.
Frisco pitchers limited the San Antonio Missions to three hits on Friday night and the RoughRiders rolled to a 7-0 victory at Wolff Stadium.
Frisco, which is the Double-A farm club of the Texas Rangers, has held the Missions to two runs over the last 28 innings in the series and outscored San Antonio 22-2 over the last three games.
RoughRiders starting pitcher Nick Krauth went five innings and got the win. He allowed one hit, two walks and one strikeout.
Four Frisco relievers – Ricky DeVito, Grant Wolfram, Nick Starr and Triston Polley – combined to allow two hits and two walks with three strikeouts over the last four innings.
The Missions used a position player to pitch in the ninth inning. Catcher/infielder Juan Fernandez, who played the first eight innings at third base, retired the RoughRiders in order in the ninth. Missions starting pitcher Duncan Snider went 3.1 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
Frisco got a home run from Scott Kapers. The top three batters in the Rough Riders’ batting order piled up the offense with Evan Carter, Luisangel Acuna and Dustin Harris combining for nine hits, three walks, four RBIs and two runs.
For the second night in a row, the San Antonio Missions faced one of the top young pitchers in the Texas Rangers organization.
And for the second straight night, the Missions had a tough time getting their bats going.
Frisco starter Owen White pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings and the RoughRiders beat the Missions 8-1 Thursday night at Wolff Stadium. White held the Missions to one hit, walked two and struck out four.
MLB Pipeline lists White as the No. 60 prospect in all of minor league baseball. The 23-year-old right-hander is the No. 2 prospect in the Texas Rangers minor league system, behind only Frisco outfielder Evan Carter.
The Missions managed just four hits on the night. Their only run came on a Tirso Ornelas home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Frisco reliever John Matthews pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win, allowing one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.
Missions starting pitcher Jackson Wolf lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowed four earned runs and took the loss.
Missions catcher Michael De La Cruz had two hits. Juan Fernandez and Ornelas accounted for the other two San Antonio hits.
Missions middle relievers Jose Espada and Seth Mayberry combined to hold the RoughRiders hitless for five straight innings. Espada took over in the fourth inning and threw four shutout innings, allowing only one walk with three strikeouts. Mayberry held Frisco scoreless in the eighth despite allowing two walks along with two strikeouts.
On Wednesday night, Frisco starter Jack Leiter held the Missions to one run over 4 1/3 innings in a 7-1 RoughRiders victory. Leiter is the No. 4 prospect in the Rangers’ organization.
Carter hit two home runs and walked twice while batting in the leadoff spot against the San Antonio Missions on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. His homers helped power Frisco to a 7-1 victory over San Antonio.
And by the way, Carter plays center field.
Carter is hitting .333 in five games so far this season with six hits and eight RBIs. Carter batted .295 last season at High-A and Double-A combined with 12 home runs and 73 RBIs in 106 games.
A native of Tennessee, the Rangers picked Carter in the second round of the 2020 draft.