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.
For the second time in five days the San Antonio Missions got a walk-off hit from one of their newest players.
Saturday night it was Graham Pauley, who was promoted to the Missions from Class A Fort Wayne on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old left-handed hitter went to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning with the score tied 5-5 and Ripken Reyes on second base. Pauley hit a single to center to bring in Reyes and end the game, 6-5.
On Tuesday night it was 17-year-old Ethan Salas who had the game-winning hit in his Double-A debut. Pauley and Salas were teammates in Fort Wayne before they moved up to San Antonio on the same day.
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.
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.
The Frisco RoughRiders scored twice in the top of the ninth to beat the San Antonio Missions 6-4 on Sunday at Wolff Stadium.
The Missions managed only five hits. One of those was a three-run home run by Daniel Johnson in the bottom of the third inning, giving San Antonio a 4-1 lead. It was his fourth home run and 13th extra-base hit of the season.
Ripken Reyes scored the Missions’ other run when he came home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first.
Missions pitcher Bobby Milacki made his first start of the season after 14 relief appearances at Single A Fort Way and three recently with San Antonio. He went five innings and was an out away from being in position to get a win before allowing a two-run homer to Frisco’s Thomas Saggese with two outs in the fifth.
Milacki’s final line was five full innings, four runs, seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
Fans at Wolff Stadium got to see a member of the Texas Rangers on the mound. Jose Leclerc, who went in the unjured list in June 21 with an ankle injury, pitched one inning as part of a rehab assignment. He retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the fifth.
The Midland RockHounds beat the San Antonio Missions 2-1 Saturday at Wolff Stadium on a night when all the scoring happened in the ninth inning.
Midland’s Drew Swift had a two-run double in the top of the ninth.
Ripken Reyes scored the Missions’ only run in the bottom of the ninth. Reyes led off with a single, went to third on a Tirso Ornelas single and scored on a wild pitch.
San Antonio starting pitcher Jose Espada went four shutout innings and allowed two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Reliever Bobby Milacki pitched three scoreless innings and didn’t allow a hit or a walk with two strikeouts.
Kevin Kopps pitched the final two innings for the Missions and took the loss.
Midland starter Ryan Cusick pitched seven shutout innings and allowed two hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.
After going scoreless for the first six innings, the San Antonio Missions rallied to beat the Midland RockHounds 4-3 on Friday at Wolff Stadium.
The Missions scored three times in the seventh to tie the game 3-3. They ended it in the bottom of the ninth. Jake Perez led off the ninth with a bunt single, went to second when Ripken Reyes was hit by a pitch and scored on a walk-off single to right field by Tirso Ornelas.
Ornelas had a run-scoring hit to tie the game in the seventh inning along with the game-winner in the ninth.
Midland took the lead by scoring twice in the first inning and once in the third. San Antonio relievers combined to pitch four scoreless innings to allow the Missions to get back in the game. Nick Hernandez pitched 1 2/3 scoreless, followed by Aaron Leasher going one inning. Jose Quezada pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and got the win.
Missions starter Daniel Camarena pitched five innings and allowed three runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
The Missions bats came alive in the seventh inning with RBI singles by Juan Fernandez, Reyes and Ornelas.
Fernandez came in at catcher to start the third inning, replacing Chandler Seagle. Missions catcher Yorman Rodriguez is on the seven-day injured list, so if Seagle goes out with an injury, that would leave Fernandez and Michael De La Cruz to handle that position.
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 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.