Missions’ late inning magic ends in loss to Sod Poodles

Allen Cordoba celebrates his two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning for the San Antonio Missions' first runs of the game against the Amarillo Sod Poodles on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Allen Cordoba hit his third home run of the season in the first inning on Thursday at Wolff Stadium.
Coming off back-to-back walk-off wins, the San Antonio Missions found themselves in another close game in the late innings on Thursday.

This time it was the Amarillo Sod Poodles who got the key hits, scoring twice in the top of the 11th to beat the Missions 6-5 at Wolff Stadium.

The Sod Poodles erased a 3-1 Missions lead with two runs in the eighth. Both teams scored a run in the 10th. The Sod Poodles took a 6-4 lead in the top of the 11th and the Missions scored once in the bottom of the 11th on a bases-loaded walk.

Allen Cordoba’s third home run of the season accounted for the Missions’ first two runs in the bottom of the first.

Juan Fernandez doubled in the fourth, went to third base on a wild pitch and then scored on another wild pitch to give the Missions a 3-1 lead.

Missions pitcher Fred Schlichtholz made his first start of season after 19 relief appearances. The 6-foot-3 left-hander went 3.0 innings and allowed one run on three hits, two walks and one strikeout.

Reiss Knehr had been listed as the projected starting pitcher.

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