The San Antonio Missions trailed for most of the game but rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Amarillo Sod Poodles 4-3 on Wednesday at Wolff Stadium.
Ripken Reyes, one of the Missions’ leading hitters on the season, stroked a hit to right field to drive in the winning run.
The Missions put together three hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly in the ninth. The sac fly was the Missions’ only out in the frame, as five straight batters produced strong at-bats.
Korry Howell, who just rejoined the team on Tuesday after being on the injured list, led off the inning with a hit and scored the run that tied the game. Juan Fernandez had the second hit of the inning, and was replaced by pinch-runner Ray-Patrick Didder, who scored the winning run.
– Korry Howell led off with a single to right field.
– Juan Fernandez hit a ground ball single to center and Howell advanced to second base.
– Howell went to third base and Fernandez to second on a passed ball.
– Ray-Patrick Didder entered the game to pinch run for Fernandez at second.
– Cole Cummings worked a three-ball count and then was intentionally walked.
– Michael De La Cruz pinch-hit and lofted a sacrifice fly to right to drive in Howell and tie the game 3-3. Didder advanced to third.
– Reyes singled to right right to score Didder from third, giving the Missions the winning run.
INTRODUCING COLE CUMMINGS
Cole Cummings made his Double-A debut on Wednesday as the Missions’ designated hitter. His first at-bat was an RBI single to drive in the Missions’ first run of the game. He followed that with a double in the fith inning.
Cummings had a walk in the ninth inning during the Missions’ winning rally.
The 24-year-old from UC Santa Barbara batted .233 in 18 games at Class A Fort Wayne before being promoted to San Antonio.