Missions outfielder, Padres prospect Robbie Podorsky photo gallery

Robbie Podorsky playing in the San Antonio Missions' first series of the season against the Corpus Christi Hooks on May 6, 2021. - photo by Joe Alexander
Robbie Podorsky playing in the San Antonio Missions’ first series of the season against the Corpus Christi Hooks on May 6, 2021. – photos by Joe Alexander
Robbie Podorsky wasn’t picked until the 25th round of the 2017 amateur baseball draft. The Padres took Podorsky No. 738 overall out of McNeese State in Louisiana.

Podorsky showed he could hit from the very beginning of his pro career. He played 11 games in rookie ball in the summer of 2017 and batted .400. In short-season Class-A that summer, he batted .302 in 37 games with nine extra-base hits and 13 RBIs.

This season, the 26-year-old outfielder is in his first season in Double-A. He played in every one of the San Antonio Missions’ first six game and leads the team with a .435 batting average and has a 1.171 OPS. He has one double, one triple, four walks and five RBIs along with two stolen bases.

Missions infielders, Padres prospects CJ Abrams, Eguy Rosario

San Antonio Missions infielders and San Diego Padres prospects CJ Abrams (2) and Eguy Rosario (19) at the Missions' season opener Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Missions infielders and San Diego Padres prospects CJ Abrams (2) and Eguy Rosario (19) at the Missions’ season opener Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi. – photos by Joe Alexander
CJ Abrams and Eguy Rosario were together in the San Diego Padres’ 2021 spring training in Arizona.

The two Padres prospects are together early this season with the San Antonio Missions. Abrams was the starting shorstop and Rosario the starting second baseman for the Missions on opening day on May 4.

Abrams is 20 years old and was a first-round draft pick, No. 6 overall, by the Padres in 2019. He batted 8-of-25 (.320) with one home run, three doubles, four walks and five RBIs in the Missions’ just completed six-game series in Corpus Christi.

Rosario is 21 years old and from the Dominican Republic. He is off to a slower start at the plate, going 1-of-16 with three walks while seeing action in four of the Missions’ first six games.

UTSA baseball upsets No. 19 Old Dominion: A game in photos

UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA players line up to celebrate after beating 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. – photos by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s bid for an upset of 19th-ranked Old Dominion got off to a fast start.

The Roadrunners got home runs by Griffin Paxton and Dylan Rock and a bases-loaded triple by Leyton Barry to score nine runs in the first inning of a 12-10 victory in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Roadrunner Field.

Even after jumping out to a 9-3 lead, the victory didn’t come easy. UTSA went scoreless over the next four innings and Old Dominion fought back to take a 10-9 lead after five innings of the seven-inning game.

UTSA put together two hits, a walk and a hit batter in the bottom of the sixth inning and take the lead back.

Roadrunners relief pitcher Arturo Guajardo came in with one out in the sixth and got final five outs to finish the game for UTSA.

Update: UTSA beat Old Dominion 11-0 in Saturday’s second game to sweep the doubleheader. UTSA pitchers Jacob Jimenez, Grant Miller and Hunter Mason combined to hold Old Dominion to two hits.

UTSA piled up 23 runs and 27 hits in the two seven-inning games of the doubleheader. UTSA didn’t bat in bottom of seventh in either game, so all their offense basically came in 12 innings.

The four-game weekend series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. at Roadrunner Field.

UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Joshua Lamb singles with the bases loaded in the first inning to drive in Dylan Rock (top right) with UTSA’s first run of the game.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Shea Gutierrez singles with the bases loaded in the first inning to drive in Nick Thornquist (top right) with UTSA’s second run of the game.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Leyton Barry triples with the bases loaded in the first inning to give UTSA a 5-3 lead.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Chase Keng (4) scores with Joshua Lamb (2) close behind on Leyton Barry’s first-inning triple.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Shea Gutierrez (left) heads home to score from first on Leyton Barry’s first-inning triple.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Chase Keng (4), Joshua Lamb (2) and Shea Gutierrez (3) all scored in the first inning on a triple by Leyton Barry (top), who slides into third.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Joshua Lamb (2), Shea Gutierrez (center) and Chase Keng (4) celebrate after they scored on a first-inning triple by Leyton Barry.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Leyton Barry looks into the UTSA dugout after hitting a bases-loaded triple in the first inning to give the Roadrunners a 5-3 lead.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Griffin Paxton hits a three-run homer to give the Roadrunners an 8-3 lead in the first inning.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Griffin Paxton celebrates with UTSA coach Pat Hallmark on the way home after hitting a three-run homer in the first inning.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Griffin Paxton (left) and Jonathan Tapia (1) celebrate at home after Paxton’s three-run homer in the first inning.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Roadrunners celebrate after Griffin Paxton (22) hit a three-run homer in the first inning.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Roadrunners celebrate after Griffin Paxton (22) hit a three-run homer in the first inning.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Dylan Rock blasts a home run to score for the second time in the first inning and give UTSA a 9-3 lead.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Dylan Rock waves at the UTSA dugout as he rounds third base after hitting a first-inning home run.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Roadrunners celebrate after Dylan Rock (27) hit a first-inning home run to give UTSA a 9-3 lead.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Roadrunners celebrate after Dylan Rock (27) hit a first-inning home run to give UTSA a 9-3 lead.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Leyton Barry advances to third base in the sixth inning on a hit by Jonathan Tapia.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Leyton Barry heads home after an Old Dominion error. Barry scored on the play to tie the game 10-10 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Jonathan Tapia (1) makes it to third after a single and an Old Dominion error in the sixth inning.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Griffin Paxton singles in the bottom of the sixth to drive home two runs and give UTSA a 12-10 lead.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Jonathan Tapia (1) scored the go-ahead run and Josh Kileen scored right behind him on a hit by Griffin Paxton to put UTSA in front 12-10 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Josh Kileen (5) heads for home on the play that gave UTSA the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Josh Kileen slides safely into home in the bottom of the sixth inning with UTSA’s final run of the game.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA reliever Arturo Guajardo recorded the final five outs of the game for the Roadrunners.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Left fielder Leyton Barry catches a fly ball for the final out in UTSA’s victory over Old Dominion.
UTSA beat 19th-ranked Old Dominion 12-10 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s outfielders celebrate after the final out against Old Dominion.

Missions come up short against Hooks’ long balls

Kyle Overstreet made his Missions debut Thursday and drove in the team's only run in a 6-1 loss to the Corpus Christi Hooks. - photo by Joe Alexander
Kyle Overstreet made his Missions debut Thursday and drove in the team’s only run in a 6-1 loss to the Corpus Christi Hooks.
The San Antonio Missions struggled at the plate for the second straight night and lost to the Corpus Christi Hooks 6-1 on the road Thursday.

The Missions managed only three hits and struck out 13 times.

Robbie Podorsky accounted for the Missions’ only run. The leadoff batter opened the game with a single, stole second and scored on a hit by Kyle Overstreet. That gave the Missions a 1-0 lead, but they managed only one more hit the rest of the way.

The Hooks recorded only five hits, but blasted three home runs including two by David Hensley.

Robbie Podorsky rounds third base on the way to scoring the Missions' only run in the first inning Thursday against the Corpus Christi Hooks. - photo by Joe Alexander
Robbie Podorsky rounds third base on the way to scoring the Missions’ only run in the first inning Thursday against the Corpus Christi Hooks. – photo by Joe Alexander

UTSA baseball’s Sean Arnold photo gallery

UTSA's Sean Arnold playing outfield against UT Arlington on March 6, 2021, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Sean Arnold playing outfield against UT Arlington on March 6, at Roadrunner Field.
Sean Arnold is a grad student from Bryan, Texas.

The 5-foot-11 utility player saw action in 10 of UTSA’s first 38 games, starting five. He is batting .211.

*stats from goutsa.com

Hooks’ strong pitching holds off Missions

The Missions' Jose Azocar tracks down a fly ball against the Corpus Christi Hooks on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Missions’ Jose Azocar tracks down a fly ball against the Corpus Christi Hooks on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. – photo by Joe Alexander
Corpus Christi Hooks pitching held the San Antonio Missions in check for all but one inning on Wednesday night.

The Hooks beat the Missions 4-2 to even the series after the Missions won Tuesday night’s season opener.

The Missions strung together three hits in the fifth inning to score twice. But the Missions only had one other hit the rest of the night, that coming in the ninth inning.

Juan Fernandez ignited the Missions’ fifth-inning rally with a leadoff single. Mat Batten followed with a double to put two runners in scoring position with no outs.

The Hooks got the next two batters on a ground out and a strikeout. Robbie Podorsky, who had four hits in Tuesday’s opener, came through again with a two-out single to center that brought in both Fernandez and Batten.

The Hooks went in front for on a two-run homer by Grae Kessinger that gave Corpus Christi a 3-2 lead.

Three Hooks pitchers combined to allow four hits while striking out 17 Missions batters.

Random observations:

Missions second baseman Eguy Rosario is listed at 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds. That’s probably how big he was when he signed his first contract as a teenager. I’m guessing he is more like 5-11 and 190 pounds. He has some muscle on him.

Podorsky is one of the smaller guys on the team and looks like a contact hitter. Two games is a small sample size, but so far he is the Missions’ most consistent batter at putting the ball in play. He has five hits and three RBIs while batting in the No. 9 spot.

Fernandez looks like a guy who has fun playing the game. I think he will be a fan favorite in San Antonio.

The sun angles at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi are very different from Wolff Stadium in San Antonio. At Whataburger, the right fielder is staring into the sun as it sets over the grandstand. At the Wolff, the left fielder is the one fighting the sun before it sets.

Photo gallery: Missions’ defensive plays

Missions bullpen clicks in season opener

Pedro Avila pitched the final inning for the San Antonio Missions in their 8-3 victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks in Tuesday's season opener. - photo by Joe Alexander
Pedro Avila pitched the final inning for the San Antonio Missions in their 8-3 victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks in Tuesday’s season opener. – photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Missions relievers were one pitch away from four scoreless, hitless innings in the season opener.

Four Missions pitchers worked one inning each in relief in the Missions’ 8-3 victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks on Tuesday.

Missions starter Reiss Knehr went five innings before turning things over to the bullpen with San Antonio leading 5-2.

Things didn’t look so promising right after Knehr left the game. The Hooks’ first batter of the sixth inning, David Hensley, hit a home run off of Sam Williams. That cut the Missions’ lead to 5-3. But the Hooks didn’t record a hit the rest of the night.

Williams, a 6-foot-3 left-hander, got through the sixth inning with no more damage, allowing one walk with one strikeout.

Carlos Belen pitched the seventh. The 6-1 right-hander from the Dominican Republic struck out two batters with no walks.

Tom Cosgrove pitched the eighth. The 6-2 left-hander also struck out two batters with no walks.

Pedro Avila closed out the game. The 5-11 right-hander from Venezuela pitched the bottom of the ninth with no hits, no strikeouts and no walks.

For the game the Missions’ relievers allowed one run on one hit with five strikeouts and one walk in four innings.

UTSA baseball infielder Taylor Barber photo gallery

UTSA infielder Taylor Barber playing against Rice on April 24, 2021, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA infielder Taylor Barber playing against Rice on April 24 at Roadrunner Field.
UTSA baseball infielder Taylor Barber photo gallery

Taylor Barber is a grad student from Argyle, Texas. He previously played at Northeast Texas Junior College.

The 6-foot-2 infielder has played in 14 of UTSA’s first 37 games, starting five. He is batting .280.

*stats from goutsa.com

Missions make San Antonio’s return to pro baseball a winner

It was this kind of night for the San Antonio Missions and for Juan Fernandez. The Missions catcher celebrates one of his three hits in Tuesday's opening night victory. - photo by Joe Alexander
It was this kind of night for the San Antonio Missions and for Juan Fernandez. The Missions catcher celebrates one of his three hits in Tuesday’s opening night victory. – photos by Joe Alexander
The 20-month layoff from minor-league baseball finally came to an end Tuesday.

The San Antonio Missions won their first game game since September 2019, beating the Corpus Christi Hooks 8-3 on opening night in Corpus Christi.

The return to action meant fun to a sold out but socially distant crowd. For minor league players, it means a return to the journey they hope leads to the major leagues.

Missions starting pitcher Reiss Knehr went five innings and allowed two runs to get the win. He gave up three hits and struck out five batters with three walks.

Robbie Podorsky, the No. 9 batter in the Missions’ batting order, led the team with four hits and scored twice. Cather Juan Fernandez had three hits, CJ Abrams, the team’s top prospect, had two. In all, seven different Missions batters had hits as the Missions out-hit the Hooks 13-4.

Reiss Khern started on the mound for the Missions and got the win in Tuesday's season opener in Corpus Christi. - photo by Joe Alexander
Reiss Khern started on the mound for the Missions and got the win in Tuesday’s season opener in Corpus Christi.
Esteury Ruiz slides into home with the San Antonio Missions' second run of the game in Tuesday's season-opening victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks. - photo by Joe Alexander
Esteury Ruiz slides into home with the San Antonio Missions’ second run of the game in Tuesday’s season-opening victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks.

UTSA baseball’s Ryan Hunt photo gallery

UTSA's Ryan Hunt tracks down a fly ball against Middle Tennessee on April 11, 2021, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Ryan Hunt tracks down a fly ball against Middle Tennessee on April 11 at Roadrunner Field.
Ryan Hunt is a junior from Flower Mound, Texas.

The 5-foot-11 outfielder has played in 10 of UTSA’s first 37 games, starting seven. He is batting .318.

*stats from goutsa.com