The San Antonio Missions hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to escape with a 7-6 victory over the Springfield Cardinals on Saturday at Wolff Stadium.
Graham Pauley’s third hit of the night was a solo home run that put the Missions in front 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth. Nathan Martorella followed with another homer, giving the Missions a 7-5 lead and an insurance run they would need.
The Cardinals scored a run in the ninth to make it closer.
The Missions scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 5-4 lead. Springfield bounced back with a run in the top of the eighth to tie it 5-5.
The Missions’ seventh-inning rally included a two-run homer by Michael De La Cruz and an RBI sacrifice bunt by Ripken Reyes that scored Cole Cummings.
San Antonio starting pitcher Jairo Iriarte didn’t get a decision but had a solid outing. He went five innings and allowed three runs, three hits, two walks and struck out nine batters.
Jason Blanchard pitched two innings in relief, Lake Bachar worked the eighth inning and got the win and Efrain Contreras handled the ninth inning to pick up his fourth save.
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.
Jared Kollar pitched in his very first game in a San Antonio Missions uniform on Friday night at Wolff Stadium.
Outfielder Kervin Pichardo was a much more experienced member of the team, playing in his ninth game with the Missions.
The young twosome helped the Missions build an early 4-0 lead on the way to beating the Frisco RoughRiders 10-3.
Pichardo hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning and the Missions led the rest of the way.
Kollar held Frisco scoreless the first four innings. He was one out away from being in a position to get a win before giving up two runs in the top of the fifth and being replaced.
Pichardo finished the game with three hits including a double and had six RBIs and one run.
Juan Fernandez had three hits including a double, one walk and scored twice. Michael De La Cruz and Brandon Valenzuela both had two hits. Valenzuela was in only his third game since being promoted to Double-A and those were his first two hits with the Missions.
Relief pitcher Justin Lopez took over for Kollar and went 2 1/3 innings. He earned the win and allowed one run, two hits and one walk with one strikeout. James Bourque pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Jason Blanchard a scoreless ninth to finish off the game.
Ray-Patrick Didder drove in two crucial runs in the San Antonio Missions’ 3-2 victory over the Frisco RoughRiders on Thursday at Wolff Stadium.
Didder’s two-run single was part of a three-run Missions rally in the sixth inning. His hit brought in Michael De La Cruz with the go-ahead run and Juan Fernandez with a run that gave the Missions a 3-1 cushion they would need.
Daniel Johnson led off the bottom of the sixth with a single. He advanced to second when De La Cruz walked, then scored the Missions’ first run on a hit by Fernandez to tie the game 1-1.
Frisco took the first lead of the game with a run in the top of the third inning. After the Missions went ahead 3-1 in the sixth inning, the Rough Riders made it close with a run in the top of the ninth.
Relief pitcher Blake Cederlind made his San Antonio Missions debut and got the win. He pitched the top of the sixth inning and allowed no runs, one hit, two walks and two strikeouts.
Missions starter Daniel Camarena had a strong outing but got no decision. He went five innings and allowed one run on three hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
Jose Quezada pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings for the Missions. Alek Jacob pitched the ninth inning, allowed one run, and got his fifth save of the season.
Justin Farmer also made his Missions debut and played in right field.
None of the San Antonio Missions’ run-scoring at-bats were extra-base hits on Friday night.
Instead they piled up 12 hits – including five in the pivotal four-run fifth inning – to beat the Wichita Wind Surge 5-4 at Wolff Stadium.
The Missions’ runs in the inning scored on an RBI single by Chandler Seagle, an RBI bunt single by Ripken Reyes, an RBI single by Tirso Ornelas and a sacrifice fly by Yorman Rodriguez. Ray-Patrick doubled in the frame and later scored, but didn’t drive in a run with his hit.
Wichita, on the other hand, did all its scoring on home runs. Seth Gray had a three-run homer in the second inning and Yunior Severino had a solo shot in the eighth.
Missions starting pitcher Efrain Contreras had a strong night other than Gray’s home run. Contreras pitched six innings to get the win. He allowed three runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Missions reliever Lake Bachar pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up one run on Severino’s homer. That was the only hit given up by Bachar, who struck out one batters. Missions closer Nick Hernandez went to the mound with two outs in the eighth inning and got the last four outs. Hernandez struck out three batters and earned his sixth save of the season.
The Missions’ first run of the game came when Reyes led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, went to third on a Rodriguez single and scored on a ground out by Daniel Johnson.
Reyes finished with four hits including a double and scored twice. Cole Cummings had two hits and scored once. Didder had two hits including his double and scored once.
The Wichita Wind Surge piled up 14 hits on Thursday in a 10-3 victory over the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium.
Wichita scored five runs in the top of the second inning and led the rest of the way. The Wind Surge got home runs from DaShawn Keirsey Jr. in the fourth inning and Aaron Sabato in the seventh inning.
The Missions’ scoring came on a two-run single from Cole Cummings in the second inning and an RBI single from Michael De La Cruz in the sixth.
Missions starting pitcher Duncan Snider gave up five runs in 1 2/3 innings. Reliever Alek Jacob was the one Missions pitcher to get through the game unscathed with two scoreless innings on two hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
Jackson Wolf earned the win in his third straight start as the San Antonio Missions beat the Wichita Wind Surge 10-4 on Wednesday at Wolff Stadium.
Wolff pitched 6.0 shutout innings and evened his record to 5-5 in 11 starts on the season. The 6-foot-7 lefty held Wichita without a hit through the first five innings before allowing two hits in the sixth. He struck out seven batters and did not give up a walk.
The Missions bats came alive with 14 hits, including Jorge Ona’s third home run of the season.
Michael De La Cruz had three hits, two RBIs and scored three times. Ripken Reyes, Tirso Ornelas, Pedro Castellanos, Juan Fernandez and Ona had two hits each.