Burch Smith has strong start in Missions loss

Burch Smith did not allow a run in 5 1/3 innings on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Burch Smith did not allow a run in 5 1/3 innings on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Missions pitcher Burch Smith had a perfect game working through five innings on Thursday at Wolff Stadium.

Smith left the game one out into the sixth inning. After getting the first out in the sixth, he gave up a groundball single and a walk.

The 6-foot-4 right-hander struck out four batters. He got a no-decision after leaving the game with a 2-0 lead but lowered his ERA to 2.34.

The Sacramento River Cats rallied for one run in the seventh inning and two in the eighth to beat the Missions 3-2.

The first Missions reliever, Miguel Sanchez, finished the sixth inning and pitched the seventh. He allowed one run on three hits.

Missions reliever Jimmy Nelson, who has been working his way back from a shoulder injury, entered the game at the beginning of the eighth inning. He recorded one out while giving up two runs on two hits and two walks with one strikeout. Nelson (3-1) took the loss.

Devin Williams was the Missions’ final pitcher of the night. Williams made his first appearance at Wolff Stadium and third career appearance in Triple-A after being called up from Double-A on July 26. He recorded five outs without allowing a base runner. He struck out three batters. The 6-foot-3 right-hander was throwing his fastball in the high 90s and hit 100 on the outfield radar at least once.

Missions relief pitcher Devin Williams made his first appearance at Wolff Stadium on Thursday. He was a recent call-up from Double-A. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions relief pitcher Devin Williams made his first appearance at Wolff Stadium on Thursday. He was a recent call-up from Double-A. – photo by Joe Alexander
Missions relief pitcher Jimmy Nelson gave up two runs in the eighth inning on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions relief pitcher Jimmy Nelson gave up two runs in the eighth inning on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander

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