Missions lose early lead for 2nd straight night; Daniel Camarena, Michel Baez pitch 6 strong innings

Ripken Reyes homers to give the Missions a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Midland RockHounds beat the San Antonio Missions 7-5 on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Ripken Reyes homers to give the Missions a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
The San Antonio Missions scored the first four runs of the game before falling to the Midland RockHounds 7-5 on Wednesday at Wolff Stadium.

For the second straight night, the Missions shut out the RockHounds over the first five innings.

The Missions got strong pitching early. Starter Daniel Camarena threw three shutout innings. Michel Baez followed by allowing one run over three innings as the Missions built a 4-1 lead after six innings.

Ripken Reyes gave the Missions a fast start by leading off the bottom of the first inning with his fifth home run of the season. Reyes, Jackson Merrill, Korry Howell and Justin Farmer had two hits each and the Missions finished with 12 hits.

The RockHounds turned the game around with four runs in the seventh inning. That included a crucial error by the Missions with two outs followed shortly thereafter by a three-run homer by Max Muncy.

Midland put the game out of reach with a two-run homer by Jack Winkler in the top of the eighth.

The sun sets behind Wolff Stadium on Wednesday night. The Midland RockHounds beat the San Antonio Missions 7-5 on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
The sun sets behind Wolff Stadium on Wednesday night.

Gabe Mosser starts Missions’ combined shutout against Hooks

Gabe Mosser pitched four scoreless inning to start the Missions' shutout of the Hooks. The San Antonio Missions beat the Corpus Christi Hooks 9-0 on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Gabe Mosser pitched four scoreless inning to start the Missions’ shutout of the Hooks.
Five San Antonio Missions pitchers teamed up to shut out the Corpus Christi Hooks 9-0 on Wednesday at Wolff Stadium.

Gabe Mosser, who was recently promoted to the Missions from Class A Fort Wayne, started and went four innings. He allowed two hits and one walk with one strikeout.

Jose Espada was the first Missions reliever out of the bullpen and went 2 2/3 innings to earn the win.

Justin Lopez got the final out of the seventh inning. Jairo Iriarte and Jose Quezada pitched one inning each to finish the game.

The Missions dominated the game with 11 hits. Ripken Reyes, Daniel Johnson, Marcos Castanon and Michael De La Cruz had two hits each. Johnson and Castanon had triples and Korry Howell and Juan Fernandez both had doubles. Castanon extended his hitting streak to nine games.

Marcos Castanon had two hits including a triple, scored twice and had two RBIs. The San Antonio Missions beat the Corpus Christi Hooks 9-0 on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Marcos Castanon had two hits including a triple, scored twice and had two RBIs.

Sod Poodles beat up Missions in series finale

Missions outfielder Daniel Johnson had three hits on Sunday. The Amarillo Sod Poodles beat the San Antonio Missions 9-3 on Sunday, May 28, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions outfielder Daniel Johnson had three hits on Sunday.
The Amarillo Sod Poodles piled up 12 hits to beat the San Antonio Missions 9-3 Sunday afternoon at Wolff Stadium.

Camden Duzenack had three hits including a double to lead the Sod Poodles, Tim Tawa had two hits including a double and Ryan Bliss had two hits. Duzenack and Tawa had three RBIs each.

Daniel Johnson had three hits for the Missions and Juan Fernandez and Michael De La Cruz had two hits each. De La Cruz and Korry Howell both doubled.

Ripken Reyes’ walk-off hit finishes Missions’ 9th-inning rally against Sod Poodles

Ripken Reyes' walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Missions the victory. The San Antonio Missions beat the Amarillo Sod Poodles 4-3 on Wednesday, April 24, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Ripken Reyes’ walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Missions the victory.

The San Antonio Missions trailed for most of the game but rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Amarillo Sod Poodles 4-3 on Wednesday at Wolff Stadium.

Ripken Reyes, one of the Missions’ leading hitters on the season, stroked a hit to right field to drive in the winning run.

The Missions put together three hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly in the ninth. The sac fly was the Missions’ only out in the frame, as five straight batters produced strong at-bats.

Korry Howell, who just rejoined the team on Tuesday after being on the injured list, led off the inning with a hit and scored the run that tied the game. Juan Fernandez had the second hit of the inning, and was replaced by pinch-runner Ray-Patrick Didder, who scored the winning run.

NINTH INNING

– Korry Howell led off with a single to right field.

– Juan Fernandez hit a ground ball single to center and Howell advanced to second base.

– Howell went to third base and Fernandez to second on a passed ball.

– Ray-Patrick Didder entered the game to pinch run for Fernandez at second.

– Cole Cummings worked a three-ball count and then was intentionally walked.

– Michael De La Cruz pinch-hit and lofted a sacrifice fly to right to drive in Howell and tie the game 3-3. Didder advanced to third.

– Reyes singled to right right to score Didder from third, giving the Missions the winning run.

INTRODUCING COLE CUMMINGS

Cole Cummings made his Double-A debut on Wednesday as the Missions’ designated hitter. His first at-bat was an RBI single to drive in the Missions’ first run of the game. He followed that with a double in the fith inning.

Cummings had a walk in the ninth inning during the Missions’ winning rally.

The 24-year-old from UC Santa Barbara batted .233 in 18 games at Class A Fort Wayne before being promoted to San Antonio.

Cole Cummings produced an RBI single in his first Double-A at-bat in his Missions debut. The San Antonio Missions beat the Amarillo Sod Poodles 4-3 on Wednesday, April 24, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Cole Cummings produced an RBI single in his first Double-A at-bat in his Missions debut.

Michael De La Cruz helps Missions score season-high 14 runs

Missions catcher Michael De La Cruz had three hits. The San Antonio Missions beat the Amarillo Sod Poodles 14-4 on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions catcher Michael De La Cruz had three hits.
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.

Daniel Johnson had two hits, two walks and scored four times. The San Antonio Missions beat the Amarillo Sod Poodles 14-4 on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Daniel Johnson had two hits, two walks and scored four times.
Korry Howell returned from the injured list and started in center field. The San Antonio Missions beat the Amarillo Sod Poodles 14-4 on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Korry Howell returned from the injured list and started in center field.

Missions’ Korry Howell, Brantley Bell unleash multiple extra-base hits to beat Frisco

Korry Howell celebrates after hitting a double. He also tripled in the game. The San Antonio Missions beat the Frisco RoughRiders 4-1 on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Korry Howell celebrates after hitting a double. He also tripled in the game.
The San Antonio Missions recorded a season-high eight hits including five doubles and a triple to beat the Frisco RoughRiders 4-1 on Saturday at Wolff Stadium.

Korry Howell, the top San Diego Padres prospect in the Missions’ lineup, had a double and a triple. Brantley Bell had two doubles, one of which looked like a home run from the stands but was ruled otherwise.

Howell and Chandler Seagle both had two RBIs. Seagle and Luis Aviles Jr. accounted for the Missions’ other two doubles.

Missions pitchers limited Frisco to five hits and held three of the first four in the RoughRiders’ batting order without a hit.

San Antonio starting pitcher Brian Gonzales went 3 2/3 innings and did not get a decision. He allowed Frisco’s only run on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

Edwuin Bencomo was the first reliever out of the Missions bullpen and got the win. He went 2 1/3 innings and allowed only one walk with one strikeout.

Bencomo was the first of three Missions relievers, who combined to hold Frisco scoreless over the last 5 1/3 innings. Nick Hernandez pitched two innings. CD Pelham pitched the ninth and picked up his second save of the season.

Frisco scored a run in the top of the first for the early lead. The Missions went in front for good in the bottom of the second on a two-run double by Aviles that drove in Seagle and Bell.

The San Antonio Missions' Chandler Seagle doubles in the fourth inning just after sunset as a thundercloud passes in the distance south of Wolff Stadium on Saturday, April 15, 2023. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Missions’ Chandler Seagle doubles in the fourth inning just after sunset as a thundercloud passes in the distance south of Wolff Stadium.

Missions’ bats struggle against Frisco

Evan Mendoza drove in the Missions' only run in the fourth inning. The San Antonio Missions lost to the Frisco RoughRiders 7-1 on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Evan Mendoza drove in the Missions’ only run in the fourth inning.
The Frisco RoughRiders beat the San Antonio Missions 7-1 on Wednesday at Wolff Stadium.

Daniel Johnson scored the Missions’ only run in the fourth inning. He led off with a walk, advanced when Tirso Ornelas followed with a walk and came home on a line-drive single by Evan Mendoza.

Korry Howell, a top San Diego Padres prospect, had two hits. Howell is 4-of-8 in the first two games of the Missions’ six-game homestand.

San Antonio starting pitcher Efrain Contreras left the game with two outs in the second inning after giving up five walks to the eight batters he faced. He allowed two runs on two hits with no strikeouts.

The Missions used four relievers. The last two, Nick Hernandez and Jose Quezada, pitched two scoreless innings each. Hernandez struck out six batters and Quezada struck out three.

Korry Howell had two hits Wednesday. The San Antonio Missions lost to the Frisco RoughRiders 7-1 on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Korry Howell had two hits Wednesday.

Korry Howell of the San Antonio Missions – photo gallery

Korry Howell playing for the San Antonio Missions in an exhibition game against Monclova of the Mexican league on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Korry Howell playing for the Missions in an exhibition game against Monclova of the Mexican league on April 1, 2023
Korry Howell played in 48 games for the San Antonio Missions last summer. He batted .253 with 20 RBIs and six home runs in an injury-shortened season.

Howell hit 16 home runs and stole 24 bases between High A and Double-A in 2021.

The 24-year-old outfielder enters this season as the No. 13 prospect in the San Diego Padres’ system, according to MLB.com. He can also play infield and saw action at six different positions in the summer of 2021.

Howell was a 12th-round draft pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018. He came to the Padres organization in the April 2022 trade that sent catcher Victor Caratini to the Brewers.

The Missions play their 2023 season home opener at Wolff Stadium on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. against the Frisco Rough Riders.

2023 San Antonio Missions break camp roster

Henry Henry pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless innings of relief for the San Antonio Missions on Sunday night at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Henry Henry pitching for the San Antonio Missions during the 2021 season at at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander

Updated March 28, 2023

PITCHERS (16)

Player B-T HT WT AGE DOB Birthplace Acquired 2022 club(s)

Lake Bachar R-R 6-2 219 27 6-3-95 Winfield, Illinois 2016 MLB Draft – 5th Round San Antonio

Edwuin Bencomo R-R 6-2 205 23 4-14-99 Rio Chico, Venezuela Signed as a free agent – 2016 San Antonio/Fort Wayne

Efrain Contreras R-R 5-10 225 23 1-2-00 Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Signed as a free agent – 2022 Fort Wayne

Jose Espada R-R 6-0 170 26 2-22-97 Ponce, Puerto Rico Signed as a free agent – 2022 Fort Wayne

Brian Gonzalez R-L 6-3 230 27 10-25-95 Miramar, Florida Signed as a free agent – 2022 Harrisburg

Henry Henry R-R 6-4 215 24 12-17-98 San Cristobal, Dominican Republic Signed as a free agent – 2015 San Antonio

Nick Hernandez R-R 6-1 212 28 12-30-94 Missouri City, Texas Signed as a free agent – 2023 Sugar Land/Corpus Christi

Jared Koenig R-L 6-5 235 29 1-24-94 Aptos, California Signed as a free agent – 2023 OAKLAND/Las Vegas

Kevin Kopps R-R 6-0 200 26 3-2-97 Houston, Texas 2021 MLB Draft – 3rd Round

Justin Lopez S-R 6-2 195 22 5-9-00 Bobare, Venezuela Signed as a free agent – 2016 Lake Elsinore/ACL Padres

Seth Mayberry R-R 6-3 195 22 6-22-00 Petersburg, Virgina 2018 MLB Draft – 39th Round San Antonio/Fort Wayne

CD Pelham R-L 6-6 238 28 2-21-95 Lancaster, South Carolina Signed as a free agent – 2023 Iowa/Tennessee

Jose Quezada R-R 5-9 165 27 9-7-95 Chihuahua, Mexico 2018 MLB Draft – 10th Round El Paso/San Antonio

Duncan Snider R-R 6-7 235 25 10-10-97 Muscatine, Iowa Signed as a free agent – 2022 Lake Elsinore

Nolan Watson R-R 6-2 195 26 1-25-97 Indianapolis, Indiana Signed as a free agent – 2022 San Antonio

Jackson Wolf L-L 6-7 205 23 4-22-99 Gahanna, Ohio 2021 MLB Draft – 4th Round San Antonio/Fort Wayne

CATCHERS

Michael De La Cruz S-R 5-9 190 29 5-15-93 Tamboril, Dominican Republic Signed as a free agent – 2023 Toledo/Erie/GCL Tigers

Juan Fernandez R-R 5-11 205 24 3-7-99 Valencia, Venezuela Signed as a free agent – 2016 El Paso/San Antonio

Adam Kerner R-R 5-10 180 24 7-31-98 Tarzana, California Signed as a free agent – 2020 El Paso/Fort Wayne

Chandler Seagle R-R 6-0 190 26 5-23-96 New Bern, North Carolina 2017 MLB Draft – 30th Round San Antonio

INFIELDERS

Luis Aviles Jr.$ R-R 6-2 210 28 3-16-95 Miami, Florida Signed as a free agent – 2023 Jacksonville/Pensacola

Brantley Bell R-R 6-2 185 28 11-16-94 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Signed as a free agent – 2022 Staten Island/Tri-City

Pedro Castellanos R-R 6-3 244 25 12-11-97 Carora, Venezuela Signed as a free agent – 2023 Worcester/Portland CAS-tee-Yahn-ohs

Connor Hollis R-R 5-10 170 28 11-18-94 Arlington, Texas Signed as a free agent – 2022 El Paso/San Antonio

Evan Mendoza R-R 6-0 205 26 6-28-96 Sarasota, Florida Claimed off Waivers – 2022 Memphis

OUTFIELDERS

Korry Howell R-R 6-1 180 24 9-1-98 Chicago, Illinois Via Trade with MIL – 2022 San Antonio

Daniel Johnson L-L 5-9 200 27 7-11-95 Vallejo, California Signed as a free agent – 2023 ROC/SYR/COL/HBG/SLU/NAT

Jorge Ona R-R 6-0 235 26 12-31-96 Havana, Cuba Signed as a free agent – 2016 San Antonio OWN-yuh

Tirso Ornelas L-R 6-3 200 23 3-11-00 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Signed as a free agent – 2017 El Paso/San Antonio

Ripken Reyes S-R 5-10 185 25 4-1-97 Bremerton, Washington 2019 MLB Draft – 30th Round San Antonio/Fort Wayne

STAFF

Manager – 30 Luke Montz
Pitching Coach – 20 Jeff Andrews
Hitting Coach Р44 Pat O’Sullivan
Bench Coach – Felipe Blanco
Athletic Trainer – David Bryan

SYMBOL KEY

* = Injured List
^ = ML Rehab
$ = 40 Man Roster
% = Development List
+ = Temporarily Inactive
! = Covid List

Padres prospects to watch for on San Antonio Missions

Former Arkansas star Kevin Kopps pitched the ninth inning for the San Antonio Missions on Saturday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Former Arkansas star Kevin Kopps, pitching in relief for the San Antonio Missions in September 2021, is one of the San Diego Padres’ top 30 prospects.
The San Diego Padres are just days away from opening 2023 spring training at their Cactus League headquarters at the Peoria Sports Complex in the Phoenix area.

The current San Antonio Missions roster, which will see changes between now and their Texas League opener on April 6, shows five players listed as Padres prospects:

Top 30 prospects (with 2022 rankings):

No. 9 Korry Howell OF/INF

No. 13 Jackson Wolf LHP

No. 14 Joshua Mears OF

No. 24 Kevin Kopps RHP

No. 25 Alek Jacob RHP

The Padres also have four players listed on their Class A+ (High A) roster. These players could make their way up to Double-A San Antonio in the near future:

No. 11 Noel Vela LHP

No. 15 Garrett Hawkins RHP

No. 19 Ryan Bergert RHP

No. 28 Brandon Valenzuela C

The official San Antonio Missions roster is here:
milb.com/san-antonio/roster

The Padres’ Triple-A team is the El Paso Chihuahuas. Their roster is loaded with former San Antonio Missions players:
milb.com/el-paso/roster