Mauricio Dubon, David Freitas and Tyler Saladino homered to give the San Antonio Missions a 5-4 victory over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Thursday at Wolff Stadium.
Dubon hit his third home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning for the first run of the game.
Freitas, who leads the Missions in hitting with a .359 average, hit his first homer of the season in the second inning. That gave the Missions a 2-0 lead.
Tyler Saladino added a massive two-run homer in the fifth inning. It was a 476-foot shot over the big wall in straightaway center field.
Missions starting pitcher Thomas Jankins (2-1) got the win. He went six innings and allowed two unearned runs on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk. He also had an RBI single in the fourth inning.
New Orleans Baby Cakes pitcher Zac Gallen looked dominant on Wednesday night at Wolff Stadium.
Actually, the 6-foot-3 right-hander looked about the same as he has all season.
Gallen pitched seven innings and gave up one run on two hits with seven strikeouts and three walks. Gallen (5-0) got the win in the Baby Cakes’ 5-2 victory over the San Antonio Missions.
Gallen has allowed either one or zero runs in five of his seven starts this season. He gave up two runs in his other two starts.
The third-round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016 has been so strong this season that by giving up one run to the Missions, his ERA went up from 1.19 to 1.24. Gallen is the No. 18 prospect in the Marlins organization, according to MLB.com.
Twice in three days, Jake Hager stepped up to the plate with the game on the line.
Both times Hager came through with a hit that gave the San Antonio Missions a victory.
After producing a walk-off hit on Sunday at Wolff Stadium, Hager did it again Tuesday night.
This time Hager’s single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Missions a 1-0 victory over the New Orleans Baby Cakes.
Under the extra-innings rule, the Missions started the bottom of the 10th with Cory Spangenberg on second base. Nate Orf had a bunt single to advance Spangenberg to third. Jacob Nottingham got an intentional walk to load the bases.
That brought Hager to the plate. He responded with his 12th RBI of the season.
The Missions used five pitchers to combine for the 10-inning shutout. Aaron Wilkerson started and pitched five innings. Alex Wilson (1-0) pitched the top of the 10th inning and got the win. The Missions got the final two outs in the top of the 10th with a double play.