Mauricio Dubon, Zack Brown lead surging Missions past Aces

Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon hits a second-inning home run Monday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon hits a second-inning home run Monday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Missions won their fifth straight and 10th of the last 14 games with Monday’s 8-4 victory over the Reno Aces at Wolff Stadium.

Mauricio Dubon had three hits including his 10th home run of the season.

Missions starting pitcher Zack Brown (2-4) got the win and also hit an RBI double and walked. Brown pitched five innings and allowed four earned runs. He gave up six hits, struck out five and walked three.

In addition to his home run, Dubon had a single and a double. It was his fifth straight game with multiple hits. During that stretch he has raised his batting average from .290 to .312.

The Missions took control of the game with three runs in the second inning and four runs in the third.

All the Missions’ damage in the second inning came with two outs. Lucas Erceg started the rally with his seventh double of the season. Brown doubled down the first base line to score Erceg. Dubon’s homer with Brown on gave the Missions a 4-1 lead.

The Missions’ half of the third inning included a sacrifice fly by Erceg and a two-RBI single by Dubon. Dubon had four RBIs in the game and now has 36 for the season.

Former Reagan star Anthony Vasquez’s odyssey through the minors brings him back to San Antonio

Former Reagan High School and Texas A&M pitcher Anthony Vasquez is now with the Reno Aces, the Triple-A farm club of the Arizona Diamondbacks. - photo by Joe Alexander
Former Reagan High School and Texas A&M pitcher Anthony Vasquez is now with the Reno Aces, the Triple-A farm club of the Arizona Diamondbacks. – photo by Joe Alexander
Anthony Vasquez has traveled a lot of miles since his days as a pitcher and outfielder at Reagan High School in San Antonio.

After earning all-state honors as a senior outfielder at Reagan in 2005, Vasquez played his college ball first at Texas A&M, then at Southern Cal. He has been pitching in the minors since 2009, including four stints in the Mexican winter league.

The 6-foot, left-hander is now with the Reno Aces, the Triple-A farm club of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Vasquez and the Aces are currently in San Antonio for a four-game series with the San Antonio Missions.

This season in the Pacific Coast League, Vasquez has a 3-4 record with a 6.23 ERA. He has appeared in 13 games including seven starts.

Vasquez pitched two innings in relief on Sunday against the Missions. He also pinch-hit in Saturday night’s 12-inning game at Wolff Stadium.

David Freitas helps Missions belt Aces

David Freitas drove in three runs for the Missions with a fifth-inning double on Sunday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
David Freitas drove in three runs for the Missions with a fifth-inning double on Sunday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
David Freita had a three-RBI double and a solo home run as the San Antonio Missions beat the Reno Aces 8-3 Sunday at Wolff Stadium.

Nate Orf drove in the Missions’ first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Orf was one of three Missions to score when Freitas doubled with the bases loaded later in the inning to give the Missions a 4-2 lead.

Michael O’Neill had an RBI double and scored on a single by Mauricio Dubon as the Missions added two more runs in the sixth to make it 6-2.

Freitas hit his fourth home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the seventh and make it 7-2.

Orf doubled in O’Neill in the bottom of the eighth for the Missions’ final run.

The Aces scored the first two runs of the game on solo home runs by Abraham Almonte in the third and fifth innings.

Missions starting pitcher Aaron Wilkerson (6-1) went five innings and got the win. He gave up the two home runs to Almonte – the only runs Wilkerson has allowed in home games at Wolff this season.

Nate Orf caps Missions’ 12th-inning rally

Nate Orf celebrates with Missions teammates after his walk-off sacrifice fly in the 12th inning on Saturday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Nate Orf celebrates with Missions teammates after his walk-off sacrifice fly in the 12th inning on Saturday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
Nate Orf’s sacrifice fly ended the San Antonio Missions’ four-hour, 12-inning 5-4 victory over the Reno Aces on Saturday night at Wolff stadium.

The Aces scored a run in the top of the 12th to take a 4-3 lead.

The Missions’ Mauricio Dubon delivered an RBI single to score Troy Stokes Jr. with the tieing run in the bottom of the 12th.

Orf lofted a fly ball to left field to bring home Jake Hager from third with the winning run.

Dubon finished the game with three hits including a double. David Freitas, who is batting .363, had a hit and two RBIs.

Missions reliever Alex Wilson (3-0) pitched the top of the 12th inning and got the win.