Closeups of the 2019 San Antonio Missions

San Antonio Missions catcher/first baseman David Freitas won the Pacific Coast League batting title. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Missions catcher/first baseman David Freitas won the Pacific Coast League batting title. – photo by Joe Alexander
Even front row seats are a long way from some positions on a baseball field.

During the course of the 2019 San Antonio Missions season, I occasionally got closer a look at some of the players.

That seemed like a good way to wrap up my summer from Wolff Stadium.

Mauricio Dubon leaves Missions, but doesn’t go far

Former San Antonio Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon playing for the Sacramento River Cats on Wednesday at Wolff Stadium in his first game after being traded. - photo by Joe Alexander
Former San Antonio Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon playing for the Sacramento River Cats on Wednesday at Wolff Stadium in his first game after being traded. – photo by Joe Alexander
As the San Antonio Missions took batting practice at Wolff Stadium, Mauricio Dubon walked out on the field and joined his friends and teammates.

Except they weren’t teammates anymore.

Dubon, the Missions’ regular shortstop, was part of a trade-deadline deal between the Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants.

As a coincidence of scheduling, the trade only sent Dubon from one side of Wolff Stadium to the other. The Missions, the Triple-A farm club of the Brewers, are in the middle of a series against the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A farm club of the Giants.

Dubon batted second and played shortstop for the Missions on Tuesday against the River Cats. He batted second and played shortstop for the River Cats on Wednesday against the Missions.

Dubon didn’t have a notable night at the plate in his Sacramento debut. He was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat and went 0-for-3. But he had a slick defensive play catching a looping line drive late and the River Cats beat the Missions 5-2.

In the trade that sent Dubon to the Giants organization, the Brewers acquired veteran left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz and right-handed pitcher Ray Black.

  • Photo gallery: Mauricio Dubon with the Missions
  • Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon traded to Giants

    Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon playing at Wolff Stadium this season. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon playing at Wolff Stadium this season. – photo by Joe Alexander
    The Major League Baseball trade deadline hit the San Antonio Missions on Wednesday afternoon.

    With less than an hour remaining before the 3 p.m. (Central) deadline, it was reported that Missions shortstop and Milwaukee Brewers prospect Mauricio Dubon was part of a deal between the Brewers and San Francisco Giants.

    Dubon played 98 games for the Missions this season, batting .297 and hitting 16 home runs.

    The 25-year-old from Honduras made a brief appearance with the Brewers this season, becoming the first native of Honduras to play in the majors.

    Dubon was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2013.

    In Tuesday’s deadline trade, Dubon went to the Giants in exchange for pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black. The Brewers badly needed pitching for the stretch run. Dubon is likely to have more opportunity to play in the majors with the Giants as a middle infielder than he was with the Brewers.

    Jake Hager is slotted to start for the Missions tonight against the Sacramento River Cats at Wolff Stadium.

    Trent Grisham, Hernan Perez power Missions past River Cats in series opener

    Hernan Perez (left) and David Freitas celebrate after Perez's fifth-inning home run. The San Antonio Missions to beat the Sacramento River Cats 8-4 Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Hernan Perez (left) and David Freitas celebrate after Perez’s fifth-inning home run. The Missions beat the Sacramento River Cats 8-4 Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Missions had 12 hits including three home runs to beat the Sacramento River Cats 8-4 Tuesday at Wolff Stadium.

    Trent Grisham homered twice and hit for the cycle and Hernan Perez had two hits including a home run. Grisham has 13 home runs since moving up from Double-A on June 20. Perez had five home runs in the last eight games.

    David Freitas had two hits, walked once and scored twice.

    Corbin Burnes started on the mound for the Missions and went two innings. The plan is for him to get reliever type innings, so the short was expected.

    Thomas Jankins, usually a starter, had the longest stint on the mound. Jankins (10-3) went five innings and allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks to earn the win.

    Alex Wilson and Angel Perdomo pitched one inning each to finish the game.

    Missions’ Mauricio Dubon homers in back-to-back games

    Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon playing against the Iowa Cubs on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon playing against the Iowa Cubs on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    Mauricio Dubon has hit 16 home runs this season.

    Two of those have come at Wolff Stadium in the San Antonio Missions’ last two games.

    Dubon had a 15-game hitting streak with the Missions from June 28 to July 20. During that stretch he was out of the San Antonio lineup from July 7 to July 13 while he was up with the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Back with San Antonio, he has 10 hits in the last 10 games. He is hitting .299 on the season.

    Brewers prospect and Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon

    Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon playing against the Iowa Cubs at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon playing against the Iowa Cubs at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    Mauricio Dubon finds himself one of the top offensive weapons in the San Antonio Missions’ batting order.

    Since Keston Hiura and Tyler Saladino have been called up by the Milwaukee Brewers, Dubon is the team leader on the active roster in home runs with 12.

    The 6-foot, 24-year-old shortstop from Honduras is second on the current roster in batting average (.308) and RBIs (40) and third in runs scored (46).

    Erceg, Dubon, Spangenberg, Allemand homer to power Missions past Cubs

    The San Antonio Missions' Blake Allemand hit his second home run of the season Sunday at Wolff Stadium, a solo shot in the seventh inning. - photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Missions’ Blake Allemand hit his second home run of the season Sunday at Wolff Stadium, a solo shot in the seventh inning. – photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Missions hit four home runs including back-to-back shots by Mauricio Dubon and Cory Spangenberg to beat the Iowa Cubs 10-2 Sunday at Wolff Stadium.

    Iowa scored one run in the top of the first to lead briefly but only scored one run the rest of the way.

    Missions starting pitcher Thomas Jankins, who picked up the win, also drove in San Antonio’s first run with a line drive to left in the third inning. Jankins and Trent Grisham scored later in the inning and the Missions had all the runs it turned out they needed.

    Lucas Erceg hit his 11th home run of the season, a two-run blast in the fourth to make it 5-2.

    Dubon hit his 12th home run of the season and Spangenberg hit his seventh back-to-back in the fifth inning.

    Blake Allemand added his second home run of the season in the seventh inning.

    The Missions finished with 11 hits.

    Jankins (8-2) pitched six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk.

    Jon Olczak, who was activated off the injured list earlier in the day, pitched two innings and Donnie Hart pitched the ninth to finish the game for the Missions.

    The San Antonio Missions' Lucas Erceg hit his 11th home run of the season Sunday at Wolff Stadium, a two-run shot in the fourth inning. - photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Missions’ Lucas Erceg hit his 11th home run of the season Sunday at Wolff Stadium, a two-run shot in the fourth inning. – photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Missions' Mauricio Dubon hit his 12th home run of the season Sunday at Wolff Stadium, a solo shot in the fifth inning. - photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Missions’ Mauricio Dubon hit his 12th home run of the season Sunday at Wolff Stadium, a solo shot in the fifth inning. – photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Missions' Cory Spangenberg hit his seventh home run of the season Sunday at Wolff Stadium, a solo shot in the fifth inning. - photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Missions’ Cory Spangenberg hit his seventh home run of the season Sunday at Wolff Stadium, a solo shot in the fifth inning. – photo by Joe Alexander

    Mauricio Dubon, Zack Brown lead surging Missions past Aces

    Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon hits a second-inning home run Monday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon hits a second-inning home run Monday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Missions won their fifth straight and 10th of the last 14 games with Monday’s 8-4 victory over the Reno Aces at Wolff Stadium.

    Mauricio Dubon had three hits including his 10th home run of the season.

    Missions starting pitcher Zack Brown (2-4) got the win and also hit an RBI double and walked. Brown pitched five innings and allowed four earned runs. He gave up six hits, struck out five and walked three.

    In addition to his home run, Dubon had a single and a double. It was his fifth straight game with multiple hits. During that stretch he has raised his batting average from .290 to .312.

    The Missions took control of the game with three runs in the second inning and four runs in the third.

    All the Missions’ damage in the second inning came with two outs. Lucas Erceg started the rally with his seventh double of the season. Brown doubled down the first base line to score Erceg. Dubon’s homer with Brown on gave the Missions a 4-1 lead.

    The Missions’ half of the third inning included a sacrifice fly by Erceg and a two-RBI single by Dubon. Dubon had four RBIs in the game and now has 36 for the season.

    David Freitas helps Missions belt Aces

    David Freitas drove in three runs for the Missions with a fifth-inning double on Sunday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
    David Freitas drove in three runs for the Missions with a fifth-inning double on Sunday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    David Freita had a three-RBI double and a solo home run as the San Antonio Missions beat the Reno Aces 8-3 Sunday at Wolff Stadium.

    Nate Orf drove in the Missions’ first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Orf was one of three Missions to score when Freitas doubled with the bases loaded later in the inning to give the Missions a 4-2 lead.

    Michael O’Neill had an RBI double and scored on a single by Mauricio Dubon as the Missions added two more runs in the sixth to make it 6-2.

    Freitas hit his fourth home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the seventh and make it 7-2.

    Orf doubled in O’Neill in the bottom of the eighth for the Missions’ final run.

    The Aces scored the first two runs of the game on solo home runs by Abraham Almonte in the third and fifth innings.

    Missions starting pitcher Aaron Wilkerson (6-1) went five innings and got the win. He gave up the two home runs to Almonte – the only runs Wilkerson has allowed in home games at Wolff this season.

    Nate Orf caps Missions’ 12th-inning rally

    Nate Orf celebrates with Missions teammates after his walk-off sacrifice fly in the 12th inning on Saturday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Nate Orf celebrates with Missions teammates after his walk-off sacrifice fly in the 12th inning on Saturday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    Nate Orf’s sacrifice fly ended the San Antonio Missions’ four-hour, 12-inning 5-4 victory over the Reno Aces on Saturday night at Wolff stadium.

    The Aces scored a run in the top of the 12th to take a 4-3 lead.

    The Missions’ Mauricio Dubon delivered an RBI single to score Troy Stokes Jr. with the tieing run in the bottom of the 12th.

    Orf lofted a fly ball to left field to bring home Jake Hager from third with the winning run.

    Dubon finished the game with three hits including a double. David Freitas, who is batting .363, had a hit and two RBIs.

    Missions reliever Alex Wilson (3-0) pitched the top of the 12th inning and got the win.