Burch Smith has strong start in Missions loss

Burch Smith did not allow a run in 5 1/3 innings on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Burch Smith did not allow a run in 5 1/3 innings on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Missions pitcher Burch Smith had a perfect game working through five innings on Thursday at Wolff Stadium.

Smith left the game one out into the sixth inning. After getting the first out in the sixth, he gave up a groundball single and a walk.

The 6-foot-4 right-hander struck out four batters. He got a no-decision after leaving the game with a 2-0 lead but lowered his ERA to 2.34.

The Sacramento River Cats rallied for one run in the seventh inning and two in the eighth to beat the Missions 3-2.

The first Missions reliever, Miguel Sanchez, finished the sixth inning and pitched the seventh. He allowed one run on three hits.

Missions reliever Jimmy Nelson, who has been working his way back from a shoulder injury, entered the game at the beginning of the eighth inning. He recorded one out while giving up two runs on two hits and two walks with one strikeout. Nelson (3-1) took the loss.

Devin Williams was the Missions’ final pitcher of the night. Williams made his first appearance at Wolff Stadium and third career appearance in Triple-A after being called up from Double-A on July 26. He recorded five outs without allowing a base runner. He struck out three batters. The 6-foot-3 right-hander was throwing his fastball in the high 90s and hit 100 on the outfield radar at least once.

Missions relief pitcher Devin Williams made his first appearance at Wolff Stadium on Thursday. He was a recent call-up from Double-A. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions relief pitcher Devin Williams made his first appearance at Wolff Stadium on Thursday. He was a recent call-up from Double-A. – photo by Joe Alexander
Missions relief pitcher Jimmy Nelson gave up two runs in the eighth inning on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions relief pitcher Jimmy Nelson gave up two runs in the eighth inning on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander

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.

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  • 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.