Juan Fernandez, Ben Ruta, Eguy Rosario key Missions’ ninth-inning rally

The San Antonio Missions shower Juan Fernandez with ice water after he had the game-winning hit Wednesday night at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Missions shower Juan Fernandez with ice water after he had the game-winning hit Wednesday night at Wolff Stadium.
The San Antonio Missions walked off the Amarillo Sod Poodles for the second straight night.

The Missions got three key hits to score twice in the bottom of the ninth and beat the Sod Poodles 7-6 Wednesday at Wolff Stadium.

Juan Fernandez ended it with a single through the right side with the bases loaded, two outs and the game tied in the ninth. That brought Eguy Rosario home and started a celebration that concluded with Fernandez getting doused with ice water by his teammates.

The Missions trailed 4-1 early in the game and rallied to take a 5-4 lead. The Sod Poodles scored two runs in the top of the ninth to lead 6-5.

Ben Ruta, in his second game with the Missions, led off the bottom of the ninth with a double. Ruta scored on Rosario’s single to tie it 6-6. Rosario ended up at second base when the Sod Poodles threw home to try to get Ruta. Rosario went to third on Kyle Overstreet’s ground out.

Jack Suwinski and Yorman Rodriguez drew intentional walks to load the bases and Allen Cordoba popped out to set up a two-out situation. That brought Fernandez to the plate with his chance to win it.

The Missions got strong relief pitching as they worked their way back from an early deficit. Brandon Komar took over in the fourth inning and threw four scoreless innings. Carlos Belen retired the Sod Poodles in order in the eighth inning and struck out two batters.

The Missions’ early runs came on an RBI single by Cordoba in the bottom of the second inning, a Suwinski sacrifice fly in the third, Ruta scored on a wild pitch in the third, and an RBI double by Jose Azocar and a sacrifice fly by Ruta in the fourth.

Ben Ruta, Kelvin Melean make Missions debuts

Ben Ruta made his San Antonio Missions debut and played left field in Tuesday's victory over the Amarillo Sod Poodles at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Ben Ruta made his Missions debut and played left field in Tuesday’s victory over Amarillo at Wolff Stadium.
Ben Ruta and Kelvin Melean both saw their first action in San Antonio Missions uniforms on Tuesday night at Wolff Stadium.

Ruta started the season in Triple-A El Paso, where he hit .200 in 37 games. The 27-year-old outfielder was a 30th-round draft pick by the New York Yankees in 2016.

Melean played in 42 games and batted .272 this season at Class A Fort Wayne, and also played in one game with El Paso. The 22-year-old from Venezuela was signed by the San Diego Padres to a minor league contract in July 2015.

Ruta had one hit, one RBI and two walks as the Missions beat the Amarillo Sod Poodles 5-4 in 10 innings on Tuesday. He batted second and played left field.

Melean had one hit and scored once. He batted eighth and played second base.