The No. 1 prospect in the San Diego Padres organization had a memorable conclusion to his first game in Double-A ball.
Ethan Salas had a walk-off double to deep right-center field in the 10th inning.
The 17-year-old catcher drove in Connor Hollis with the winning run in the San Antonio Missions’ 8-7 victory over the Amarillo Sod Poodles on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium.
Salas was one of four players in the Missions’ lineup for the first time after being promoted from the Class A Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Jakob Marsee, Graham Pauley, Nathan Martorella and Salas all saw their first action at Wolff Stadium on Tuesday and all recorded their first Double-A hits.
– Martorella played first base and had three hits and three RBIs. After producing an RBI single in the 10th inning that tied the game 7-7, he was replaced by Hollis as the pinch-runner who scored the game-ending run.
– Marsee played center field and batted in the leadoff spot and had a hit, a walk and scored twice.
– Pauley played left field and had a hit, an RBI and scored a run.
Marcos Castanon, a relative veteran with the Missions after being promoted from Fort Wayne on July 14, had three hits including a double and an RBI and scored a run.
Missions reliever Lake Bachar (4-0) pitched the final two innings to earn the win.
The San Antonio Missions never led Tuesday night until the final batter of the game.
Tirso Ornelas went to bat with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Missions trailing the Wichita Wind Surge 5-3. Ornelas ripped a line drive to center that drove in Connor Hollis, Ray-Patrick Didder and Ripken Reyes to win the game 6-5.
The Missions’ Pedro Castellanos led off the frame with a walk and was replaced by Hollis, a pinch-runner. Didder walked and then Reyes was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Wichita scored three runs in the top of the first first inning and two runs in the second inning to lead 5-0.
Yorman Rodriguez hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth, his second homer since joining the Missions on May 31. A Cole Cummings ground out drove in a run and Castellanos had an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 5-3.
The Missions’ bullpen kept them in the game after the Wind Surge’s fast start. Lake Bachar, Kevin Kopps and Michel Baez (W 2-0) combined to hold Wichita to no runs and two hits over the final seven innings.
Four San Antonio Missions batters had multi-hit nights as they rolled to a 14-4 victory over the Amarillo Sod Poodles on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium.
Michael De La Cruz, who has been the Missions’ No. 2 catcher this season, had a team-high three hits including a double. He walked twice, drove in two runs and scored three times.
San Antonio had 13 hits and seven walks and dominated the game despite not hitting any home runs.
Tirso Ornelas, Daniel Johnson and Connor Hollis had two hits each. Johnson walked twice, scored four runs and had two RBIs.
Juan Fernandez, who leads the Missions with a .330 batting average, had a double to extend his current hitting streak to five games. Hollis, last season’s Texas League batting champion, also hit in his fifth straight game.
Missions outfielder Korry Howell played in his first game since going on the injured list on April 27. He didn’t have a hit but he walked twice, drove in one run and scored twice.
San Antonio Missions relievers Seth Mayberry and Henry Henry earned wins as the Missions swept a doubleheader with the Corpus Christi Hooks, 4-3 and 2-1, on Saturday at Wolff Stadium.
The Missions have won five straight going back to the second half of a Wednesday night doubleheader. The series concludes with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m. – weather permitting.
The Missions’ got their first-game scoring with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Connor Hollis had the big shot with his first home run of the season to score two runs. Brantley Bell and Chandler Seagle also had RBI hits in the inning.
Missions starter Daniel Camarena pitched 3 1/3 innings in the first game and allowed one run. Mayberry was the first pitcher out of the bullpen and allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Michel Baez and Jared Koenig pitched one scoreless inning each to finish the seven-inning game. Koenig picked up his third save.
Jose Espada started the second game for the Missions and pitched two scoreless innings with no hits and two strikeouts. Henry was next on the mound and tacked on two more scoreless innings to get his first win of the season.
Lake Bachar added two scoreless innings and Nick Hernandez got the save by pitching the final inning and allowing one run.
The Missions’ runs in the second game came on a Juan Fernandez RBI ground ball in the first inning and Hollis came in from third base on a passed ball in the sixth inning.
The San Antonio Missions got a big effort from their starting pitcher for the second night in a row on Friday.
Missions starter Nolan Watson pitched six innings and got his first win of the season in a 5-2 victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks at Wolff Stadium. On Thursday night, starter Efrain Contreras got his first win of the season.
Watson, a 6-foot-2 right-hander, allowed two runs on seven hits, but walked only one and struck out two.
Kevin Kopps pitched the final two innings for his second save of the season. He did not allow a hit and struck out three.
The Missions went in front for good with three runs in the second inning. Michael De La Cruz had a sacrifice fly and Ripken Reyes hit a two-run double to make it 3-2.
Reyes, a switch-hitting middle infielder, has hits in six of his last seven games with three doubles and a triple in that stretch.
Pedro Castellanos hit a solo home run in the third inning, his fifth homer of the season, to make it 4-2.
Connor Hollis scored from third base on a De La Cruz groundup in the sixth inning to complete the scoring.
Daniel Johnson and Tirso Ornelas had two hits each for the Missions.