Missions drop home opener to Frisco as pitching dominates

The Frisco RoughRiders scored the only run of the game on a wild pitch to beat the San Antonio Missions 1-0 Tuesday night at Wolff Stadium.

The game marked the Missions’ first home game of the 2021 season and the first Missions game at Wolff Stadium since August 2019.

Frisco’s Diosbel Arias scored from third base on a wild pitch for what turned out to be the winning run.

Four Missions pitchers combined to hold the RoughRiders to one hit, but the Missions never came up with a timely hit of their own to score a run.

Caleb Boushley was the Missions’ starting pitcher and threw five scoreless innings with two strikeouts and two walks. Sam Williams was the first Missions relief pitcher and took the loss after giving up a leadoff single to Arias in the seventh inning that led to the winning run.

Henry Henry, whose wild pitch brought in Arias, pitching 1 2/3 innings. James Reeves pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning with one strikeout.

The official attendance was 3,112, which was a sellout under the current covid rules in effect for the opening series of the season.

The Frisco RoughRiders' Diosbel Arias slides safely into home in front of San Antonio Missions pitcher Henry Henry to score the only run of the game on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Frisco RoughRiders’ Diosbel Arias slides safely into home in front of San Antonio Missions pitcher Henry Henry to score the only run of the game on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Wolff Stadium.

Missions bullpen clicks in season opener

Pedro Avila pitched the final inning for the San Antonio Missions in their 8-3 victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks in Tuesday's season opener. - photo by Joe Alexander
Pedro Avila pitched the final inning for the San Antonio Missions in their 8-3 victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks in Tuesday’s season opener. – photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Missions relievers were one pitch away from four scoreless, hitless innings in the season opener.

Four Missions pitchers worked one inning each in relief in the Missions’ 8-3 victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks on Tuesday.

Missions starter Reiss Knehr went five innings before turning things over to the bullpen with San Antonio leading 5-2.

Things didn’t look so promising right after Knehr left the game. The Hooks’ first batter of the sixth inning, David Hensley, hit a home run off of Sam Williams. That cut the Missions’ lead to 5-3. But the Hooks didn’t record a hit the rest of the night.

Williams, a 6-foot-3 left-hander, got through the sixth inning with no more damage, allowing one walk with one strikeout.

Carlos Belen pitched the seventh. The 6-1 right-hander from the Dominican Republic struck out two batters with no walks.

Tom Cosgrove pitched the eighth. The 6-2 left-hander also struck out two batters with no walks.

Pedro Avila closed out the game. The 5-11 right-hander from Venezuela pitched the bottom of the ninth with no hits, no strikeouts and no walks.

For the game the Missions’ relievers allowed one run on one hit with five strikeouts and one walk in four innings.