The San Antonio Missions hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to escape with a 7-6 victory over the Springfield Cardinals on Saturday at Wolff Stadium.
Graham Pauley’s third hit of the night was a solo home run that put the Missions in front 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth. Nathan Martorella followed with another homer, giving the Missions a 7-5 lead and an insurance run they would need.
The Cardinals scored a run in the ninth to make it closer.
The Missions scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 5-4 lead. Springfield bounced back with a run in the top of the eighth to tie it 5-5.
The Missions’ seventh-inning rally included a two-run homer by Michael De La Cruz and an RBI sacrifice bunt by Ripken Reyes that scored Cole Cummings.
San Antonio starting pitcher Jairo Iriarte didn’t get a decision but had a solid outing. He went five innings and allowed three runs, three hits, two walks and struck out nine batters.
Jason Blanchard pitched two innings in relief, Lake Bachar worked the eighth inning and got the win and Efrain Contreras handled the ninth inning to pick up his fourth save.
For the second time in five days the San Antonio Missions got a walk-off hit from one of their newest players.
Saturday night it was Graham Pauley, who was promoted to the Missions from Class A Fort Wayne on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old left-handed hitter went to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning with the score tied 5-5 and Ripken Reyes on second base. Pauley hit a single to center to bring in Reyes and end the game, 6-5.
On Tuesday night it was 17-year-old Ethan Salas who had the game-winning hit in his Double-A debut. Pauley and Salas were teammates in Fort Wayne before they moved up to San Antonio on the same day.
Amarillo pitchers stifled the San Antonio Missions over the first seven innings in the Sod Poodles’ 4-2 victory on Thursday at Wolff Stadium.
Sod Poodles starter Luke Albright (8-5) went five shutout innings to earn the win.
The Missions scored both their runs in the bottom of the eighth after the Sod Poodles built a 4-0 lead. Marcos Castanon scored from third on a ground out and Cole Cummings singled to right to drive in Graham Pauley.
Pauley and Cummings led the Missions with two hits each.
Missions starting pitcher Adam Mazur (0-2) went six innings, allowed three runs and took the loss.
The San Antonio Missions scored half their runs on a home run by Cole Cummings as they beat the Amarillo Sod Poodles 4-2 on Wednesday at Wolff Stadium.
Cummings’ sixth homer of the season produced the Missions’ first two runs of the game and put them in front 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth.
Amarillo tied it 2-2 in the top of the sixth. San Antonio’s Marcos Castanon scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the inning to make it 3-2 and put the Missions in front for good.
Nathan Martorella doubled in the eighth inning to drive in Castanon and extend the Missions’ lead to 4-2. For Martorella, who made his Missions debut on Tuesday, it was his fourth hit in two days in Double-A.
Robby Snelling, who also joined the Missions a day earlier, started Wednesday’s game on the mound and went 3 2/3 innings in his Double-A debut. He allowed one run, two hits and five walks with two strikeouts.
Bobby Milacki (4-3) pitched the next 3 1/3 innings in relief and earned the win. He allowed one run, one hit, no walks and had four strikeouts.
Daniel Camarena went 1 1/3 innings with no runs, two hits, no walks and one strikeout.
Efrain Contreras, who has started 17 games this season, pitched the final two outs and struck out both batters he faced for his third save.
The No. 1 prospect in the San Diego Padres organization had a memorable conclusion to his first game in Double-A ball.
Ethan Salas had a walk-off double to deep right-center field in the 10th inning.
The 17-year-old catcher drove in Connor Hollis with the winning run in the San Antonio Missions’ 8-7 victory over the Amarillo Sod Poodles on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium.
Salas was one of four players in the Missions’ lineup for the first time after being promoted from the Class A Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Jakob Marsee, Graham Pauley, Nathan Martorella and Salas all saw their first action at Wolff Stadium on Tuesday and all recorded their first Double-A hits.
– Martorella played first base and had three hits and three RBIs. After producing an RBI single in the 10th inning that tied the game 7-7, he was replaced by Hollis as the pinch-runner who scored the game-ending run.
– Marsee played center field and batted in the leadoff spot and had a hit, a walk and scored twice.
– Pauley played left field and had a hit, an RBI and scored a run.
Marcos Castanon, a relative veteran with the Missions after being promoted from Fort Wayne on July 14, had three hits including a double and an RBI and scored a run.
Missions reliever Lake Bachar (4-0) pitched the final two innings to earn the win.