San Antonio Missions infielder Cory Spangenberg has a four-game hitting streak entering tonight’s game in El Paso and has hits in six of the last seven games.
The veteran left-handed batter has a .318 average for the season. On Wednesday, Spangenberg hit a two-run homer, his 12th home run of the season, in a 14-7 road victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Spangenberg has worked at all the infield positions this season, in keeping with Milwaukee Brewers organization procedure. He has also seen some action in the outfield. This is Spangenberg’s first season in the Brewers organization.
The 28-year-old Spangenberg was in the San Diego Padres organization and spent all or part of the previous five seasons in the majors with the Padres.
Spangenberg spent time with the Missions in 2013-15 when they were a Double-A farm club of the Padres.
Cory Spangenberg’s batting average has gone up 43 points in a little over a month.
The San Antonio Missions utility man’s batting average was .276 on June 13. The next day he started an eight-game hitting streak.
Wednesday night, Spangenberg had three hits and scored three runs in a 7-5 victory over the Nashville Sounds at Wolff Stadium. His current hitting streak extended to four games. He is now hitting .319 with 10 home runs, 4 triples, 24 doubles and 44 RBIs.
Spangenberg is hitting an even .400 over the last 10 games (18-of-45).
Listed as a third baseman, Spangenberg has seen action all over the infield this season and has also done duty as an outfielder.
Spangenberg was part of the Double-A Missions when they were a San Diego Padres farm club and won the Texas League championship in 2013. He saw action in the majors with the Padres in the 2014 through 2018 seasons, appearing in 387 games and batting .258 with 27 home runs.
Trent Grisham lashed out four hits including two home runs as the San Antonio Missions beat the Omaha Storm Chasers 9-5 Sunday at Wolff Stadium.
The Missions swept the four-game series with the Storm Chasers, scoring at least eight runs and piling up double-digit hits in every game:
July 14: W 9-5, 11 hits, 3 home runs
July 13: W 8-2, 11 hits, 2 home runs
July 12: W 10-9, 11 hits, 2 home runs
July 11: W 9-2, 10 hits, 2 home runs
On Sunday, Grisham hit his sixth and seventh home runs in 20 games since joining the Missions from Double-A Biloxi.
Tuffy Gosewisch, a catcher who doesn’t see much playing time for the Missions, hit his second home run of the season. His solo homer gave the Missions a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning and they led the rest of the way.
Bubba Derby was the Missions starting pitcher. He went four innings, allowed five runs and did not get a decision.
Burch Smith had been the expected starting pitcher for the Missions on Sunday. It was announced to the media about an hour before game time that Derby would start instead.
Missions reliever Donnie Hart (3-2) pitched two scoreless innings and got the win.
Drew Smyly pitched in his first home game with the San Antonio Missions on Thursday at Wolff Stadium.
The former Texas Rangers starter threw five innings to get the win. He allowed two runs, including a solo home run in the second inning, on three hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
The Missions beat the Omaha Storm Chasers 9-2. Cory Spangenberg and Travis Shaw both hit home runs. Spangenberg finished with three hits and five RBIs.
Thursday’s game was Smyly’s second start for the Missions. On July 7 in New Orleans, in his first appearance after signing a minor-league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, Smyly went four innings and gave up one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. He did not get a decision.
The 6-foot-3 left-hander had a 1-5 record and 8.42 ERA in 13 games with the Rangers this season being released.