Former Missions trip wraps up at Wrigley Field

Former San Antonio Missions second baseman Keston Hiura playing for the Milwaukee Brewers against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 30, 2019, at Wrigley Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
Former Missions second baseman Keston Hiura playing for the Brewers against the Cubs on Aug. 30, 2019, at Wrigley Field. – photo by Joe Alexander
The third and final game of my trip to catch up with some former 2019 San Antonio Missions players was on a sunny afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.

It was a tough day for the former Missions. Keston Hiura started at second but suffered a hamstring strain and went on the injured list the next day.

Hernan Perez started at third base. Trent Grisham and Cory Spangenberg both got in the game late.

Former Missions pitchers Ray Black and Jay Jackson each threw one scoreless inning in relief.

Game photos taken from my seat in Section 225.

Former Missions star Keston Hiura homers in Game 2 of Brewers trip

The Milwaukee Brewers' Keston Hiura celebrates after hitting a fourth-inning home run on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Miller Park. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Milwaukee Brewers’ Keston Hiura celebrates after hitting a fourth-inning home run on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Miller Park. – photo by Joe Alexander
The second game of my Milwaukee Brewers trip was a sunny afternoon at Miller Park.

Keston Hiura hit his 16th major league home run as the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Former San Antonio Missions in the Brewers’ starting lineup were Trent Grisham in center, Hiura at second and Cory Spangenberg at third.

Hiura had two hits including a double and three RBIs. Grisham also had two hits with a double.

Game photos from my seat in section 208.

Former Missions with the Brewers and my first visit to Miller Park

Former San Antonio Missions players Keston Hiura, Trent Grisham and Cory Spangenberg in uniform for the Milwaukee Brewers on Aug. 27 at Miller Park. - photo by Joe Alexander
Former San Antonio Missions players Keston Hiura, Trent Grisham and Cory Spangenberg in uniform for the Milwaukee Brewers on Aug. 27 at Miller Park. – photo by Joe Alexander
After a summer of watching the San Antonio Missions, I got a chance to see some former Missions in the majors.

Tuesday, Aug. 27 was also my first visit to Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Trent Grisham in left field, Keston Hiura at second, Cory Spangenberg at third and Adrian Houser on the mound were all in the starting lineup for the Brewers.

Game photos were taken from my seat in Section 212.

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Brewers 6-3.

Brewers’ Brent Suter turns in another scoreless effort for Missions

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brent Suter on the mound for the San Antonio Missions on Sunday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Brewers pitcher Brent Suter on the mound for the Missions on Sunday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brent Suter made his fourth appearance with the San Antonio Missions on Sunday.

Just like the previous three, Suter did not allow a run.

The 29-year-old left-hander from Harvard pitched four innings and faced 13 batters Sunday at Wolff Stadium. He gave up one hit with no walks and struck out six.

Suter threw 57 pitches, including 39 strikes.

Brewers’ Freddy Peralta dominates for Missions at Wolff Stadium

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Freddy Peralta pitching for the San Antonio Missions on Friday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Brewers reliever Freddy Peralta pitching for the Missions on Friday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
Milwaukee Brewers reliever Freddy Peralta took the mound for the San Antonio Missions on Friday in his first appearance at Wolff Stadium.

The 5-foot-11, right-hander pitched two scoreless innings, gave up two hits and struck out five with no walks. The Missions beat the Oklahoma City Dodgers 4-2.

Three days earlier, in his Missions debut, Peralta allowed one run in one running in a road game against the Iowa Cubs.

Peralta appeared in 47 games for the Brewers over the last two seasons. He had an 11-7 record and three saves with a 4.98 ERA. He was optioned to the Missions on Aug. 18.

Missions outfielder and Brewers prospect Tyrone Taylor

Tyrone Taylor playing for the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium during the 2019 season. - photo by Joe Alexander
Tyrone Taylor playing for the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium during the 2019 season. – photo by Joe Alexander
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.

Tyler Austin makes Missions debut

Tyler Austin bats at Wolff Stadium on Friday in his first game with the San Antonio Missions. - photo by Joe Alexander
Tyler Austin bats at Wolff Stadium on Friday in his first game with the San Antonio Missions. – photo by Joe Alexander
The Milwaukee Brewers signed infielder Tyler Austin on Friday and assigned him to the San Antonio Missions.

Austin made his Missions debut as a pinch-hitter on Friday night in the Missions’ 4-2 loss to the New Orleans Baby Cakes at Wolff Stadium. Austin flied out in his only action of the game.

Austin played in 70 games this season for the San Francisco Giants. He batted .185 with 8 home runs.

On Aug. 9, the Giants sent him outright to the Sacramento River Cats. Austin elected free agency, making him available to the Brewers organization.

The 6-foot-2 right-hander has also played in the majors for the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees. He has played in 192 major league games and batted .220 with 32 home runs.

Brewers pitcher Brent Suter makes Wolff Stadium debut for Missions

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brent Suter playing for the San Antonio Missions in a rehab appearance on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Brewers pitcher Brent Suter playing for the Missions in a rehab appearance on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brent Suter is working his way back from Tommy John surgery.

As part of his rehab, Suter is currently with the San Antonio Missions. The 6-foot-5 left-hander made his second Missions appearance and first time on the mound at Wolff Stadium on Thursday night.

Suter threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit with three strikeouts and one walk. His fastest pitches were recording about 87 and 86 miles per hour on the stadium radar.

The Missions lost to the New Orleans Baby Cakes 5-3 in 10 innings on Thursday.

Suter pitched 2.0 scoreless innings four days earlier in a road game in El Paso.

Before coming to San Antonio, Suter appeared in two games in Double-A Biloxi.

The 29-year-old from Harvard pitched for the Brewers the three previous seasons. Last year he had an 8-7 record with a 4.44 ERA in 20 games (18 starts).

  • Washington Post: Brent Suter set out to save the planet
  • CBS Sports: Brewers’ Brent Suter: Continues progressing in rehab


  • Brewers pitcher Ray Black during his time with the Missions

    Ray Black pitching for the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Ray Black pitching for the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    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.

    Uniform note:

    In the Missions’ Aug. 3 home game, Black wore No. 38.

    In the Missions’ Aug. 5 home game, Black wore No. 20.

    Missions’ Hernan Perez headed back to Brewers; Travis Shaw sent down

    Hernan Perez playing for the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium this season. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Hernan Perez playing for the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium this season. – photo by Joe Alexander
    San Antonio Missions infielder Hernan Perez has been hitting the ball well as of late.

    On Friday, that earned him a promotion back to the Milwaukee Brewers.

    The Brewers also announced infielder Travis Shaw is being sent back down to the Missions and pitcher Burch Smith was designated for assignment.

    The Brewers sent Perez to the Triple-A Missions after he hit .235 in 59 games in the majors this season.

    Perez joined the Missions on July 5. He got off to a slow start in San Antonio, hitting .250 with no home runs in his first 10 games.

    More recently, things have turned around. The 28-year-old infielder is hitting .313 with five home runs in his last 17 games.

    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported Perez is returning to the Brewers.