Tyrone Taylor stayed hot with a home run for the second night in a row as the San Antonio Missions beat the Oklahoma City Dodgers 4-0 Sunday night at Wolff Stadium.
Sunday marked the Missions’ last home game before the Pacific Coast League playoffs.
The Missions, who swept the three-game series against the Dodgers, are one game behind the Round Rock Express in the American Southern division. The Missions and Express open a crucial four-game series Monday in Round Rock.
The Missions got the jump on the Dodgers when Taylor hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.
It was was the 13th homer of the season for Taylor, who is on a 12-game hitting streak. Since Aug. 12, Taylor has hit five home runs and his batting average has climbed from .238 to .275.
The Missions’ other run came when Corey Ray hit his sixth home run of the season in the seventh inning.
It’s late in the season and the San Antonio Missions are short-handed at catcher.
David Freitas is hitting almost .400 but is on the injured list. Jacob Nottingham has played a lot of innings over a long hot Texas summer.
So the Missions turned to Tuffy Gosewisch, who started two of their last three games.
Gosewisch has played in only 42 games this season. But one summer doesn’t tell you the story of the experience he brings to the team.
The 32-year-old catcher had been in pro baseball since being an 11th-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Phillies 14 years ago. He has spent time in the majors with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners, playing a combined 137 games in bigs from 2013-2017.
And after playing all of last year and this year in Triple-A, Gosewisch played in his 1,000th minor league game on Friday night at Wolff Stadium in the Missions’ 4-2 victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Tyrone Taylor is currently one of the hottest batters in the San Antonio Missions’ lineup.
The 25-year-old outfielder is hitting .254 with 10 home runs. The first three months of Taylor’s season were slowed by nagging injuries. August has been a different matter.
Taylor has raised his average 24 points in 16 days. He is hitting .370 in the last 14 games (20-of-54) with three home runs and 13 RBIs. He has eight two-hit games in that stretch and is currently on a six-game hitting streak.
A second-round draft pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012, Taylor batted .278 with 20 home runs last season at Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Ray Black’s tenure with the San Antonio Missions was short.
The 29-year-old relief pitcher was called up to the majors on Wednesday after appearing in four games for the Missions, including two games at Wolff Stadium.
The 6-foot-5 right-hander pitched 4.0 innings for the Missions and did not allow a run. He gave up one hit with five strikeouts and one walk.
Black was called up by the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday and made his Brewers debut the same day. He pitched a scoreless sixth inning in a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins. He allowed one hit with no walks or strikeouts.
Black came to the Brewers organization in the July 31 trade that sent the Missions’ Mauricio Dubon to the San Francisco Giants organization.
Before being traded, Black appeared in 23 games for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats with a 5.16 ERA and two games for the Giants with a 4.50 ERA.
Last season he pitched in 26 games in relief for the Giants with a 6.17 ERA, and also 26 games in relief at Triple-A Sacramento with a 3.16 ERA.
In the Missions’ Aug. 3 home game, Black wore No. 38.
In the Missions’ Aug. 5 home game, Black wore No. 20.