Missions win home opener with 9th-inning rally

Mauricio Dubon hits a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the ninth in the Missions' 6-5 victory over the Redbirds on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Mauricio Dubon hits a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the ninth in the Missions’ 6-5 victory over the Redbirds on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Missions scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Memphis Redbirds 6-5 on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium.

The game was the 2019 home opener for the Missions and their first game in San Antonio as a Triple-A team.

Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon had the winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

Missions third baseman Lucas Erceg, who had two home runs and drive in three runs earlier in the game, scored the tieing run and Jake Hager scored the winning run.

The Redbirds took a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

Erceg walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jake Hager produced a one-out single. Erceg and Hager advanced to third and second on a wild pitch.

Dubon came up with two outs and lashed a hit to center to drive in Erceg and Hager and end the game.

Zack Brown to start tonight for Missions

Missions pitcher Zack Brown talks to members of the media on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions pitcher Zack Brown talks to members of the media on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
Right-handed pitcher Zack Brown is slated to start on the mound tonight for the San Antonio Missions in their road game against the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

Brown pitched in 22 games, 21 starts, last season at Double-A Biloxi. He had a 9-1 record with a 2.44 ERA.

Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. – weather permitting. The Missions and Dodgers split their first two games of the season. The Dodgers won 4-3 on Friday night.

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  • Missions’ opening series continues Friday in OKC

    The San Antonio Missions practice at Wolff Stadium on Tuesday before hitting the road. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Troy Stokes Jr. throws from the outfield during Missions media day at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    San Antonio Missions outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. had two hits and scored a run in Thursday’s 5-3 season-opening victory over Oklahoma City.

    The Missions and OKC Dodgers play again tonight at 7:05 p.m.

    Missions win 2019 opener in Triple-A debut

    Missions outfielder Tyrone Taylor talks to Jerry Briggs on media day on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Missions outfielder Tyrone Taylor talks to Jerry Briggs at media day on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Missions beat the Oklahoma City Dodgers 5-3 on the road Thursday night.

    It was San Antonio’s first game in Triple-A.

    Tyrone Taylor scored the Missions’ historic first run in Triple-A.

    Taylor led off the second inning with a home run off of pitcher Clayton Kershaw. The Missions’ Troy Stokes scored later in the inning to give the Missions a 2-0 lead.

    Kershaw, a Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, was starting for Oklahoma City on a rehab assignment.

    The same teams meet again Friday night at 7:05 p.m. in Oklahoma City.

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  • Missions manager Rick Sweet and today’s season opener

    Missions manager Rick Sweet at media day on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Missions manager Rick Sweet at media day on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Missions baseball team opens its 2019 season on the road tonight in Oklahoma City.

    This is the Missions’ first season in Triple-A. The team is now a farm club of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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    The Missions’ first home game is April 9 at Wolff Stadium.

    The Missions are coming off a stretch as the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

    “It should be better baseball – fewer mistakes, both mental and physical mistakes,” new Missions manager Rick Sweet said. “You’ll see older guys come through here.

    “It’s a different ballgame here at times mostly because of the older players, veteran players.”

    The Brewers’ Triple-A team moved to San Antonio from Colorado Springs. That leads to warmer weather at the beginning of the season and, of course, hotter weather late in the year.

    “We’re very happy to be here,” Sweet said. “I’ve been in the game 45 years and I’ve never got to spend an extended time in Texas. I hear everything is bigger and better here so I’m looking forward to it.”

    One of the biggest differences between Double-A and Triple-A is that as you go the next step up, you are only one step away from playing in the major leagues. Players can potentially be at Wolff Stadium one day and wearing a Milwaukee Brewers uniform the next.

    “You’ll see guys with major league experience that have major league expectations,” Sweet said. “Once you get to Triple-A you’re this far away, you’re a hair away from that phone call.

    “When you’re this close in Triple-A, it happens all the time.”

  • Missions media day starts with interviews

    Members of the San Antonio media talk to new Missions outfielder Corey Ray on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Members of the San Antonio media talk to new Missions outfielder Corey Ray on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    Some of the members of the 2019 San Antonio Missions baseball team talked to members of the media on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium.

    The list included:

    Keston Hiura, infielder, No. 18, former 1st-round draft pick.

    Corey Ray, outfielder, No. 9, former 1st-round draft pick.

    Zack Brown, right-handed pitcher, No. 33, former 5th-round draft pick.

    All three spent time last season with the Milwaukee Brewers’ Double-A team in Biloxi, Miss.

    Missions get to know Wolff Stadium

    The San Antonio Missions practice at Wolff Stadium on Tuesday before hitting the road. - photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Missions practice at Wolff Stadium on Tuesday before hitting the road. – photo by Joe Alexander
    The 2019 version of the San Antonio Missions baseball team was introduced to the local media and its home field on Tuesday.

    The Missions open the season – their first in Triple-A – on the road Thursday.

    They got in some fielding and hitting work at Wolff Stadium before their opening five-game series in Oklahoma City.

    The Missions play their first home game on April 9 – which is the first Two Dollar Tuesday promotion of the season.

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