Missions’ Nolan Watson has second straight strong start

Missions starter Nolan Watson pitched five strong innings. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals beat the San Antonio Missions 8-3 on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions starter Nolan Watson pitched five innings.
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.

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