Eguy Rosario, Juan Fernandez homer as Missions blast Midland

Eguy Rosario hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, when the San Antonio Missions scored six runs to take a 6-3 lead over the Midland RockHounds on Friday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Eguy Rosario watches his two-run homer fly out in the sixth inning, when the Missions scored six runs to take a 6-3 lead over the RockHounds on Friday at Wolff Stadium.
The San Antonio Missions had two big innings that both included home runs as they beat the Midland RockHounds 13-3 Friday at Wolff Stadium.

The Missions went hitless and scoreless the first five innings. They came alive in a big way when they scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The rally included a two-run homer from Eguy Rosario.

Juan Fernandez, who tripled during the sixth-inning rally, lashed a two-run homer two innings later as the Missions scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth. Both Rosario’s and Fernandez’s homers went out in left field.

The Missions finished with 11 hits. Taylor Kohlwey, Rosario, Jack Suwinski and Fernandez had two hits each. Rosario and Fernandez both had three RBIs.

Missions starting pitcher Osvaldo Hernandez went five innings. He didn’t get a decision, but kept the game within striking range and left with Midland leading 3-0. Reliever Carlos Belen recorded two scoreless innings and got his first win of the season.

The Missions have won five of their last six games and 11 of their last 16.

Juan Fernandez hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning of the San Antonio Missions' 13-3 victory over the Midland RockHounds on Friday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Juan Fernandez hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning of the Missions’ 13-3 victory over Midland on Friday at Wolff Stadium.

Missions back on track against Midland

San Antonio Missions starting pitcher Caleb Boushley held the Midland RockHounds scoreless through the first five innings on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions starting pitcher Caleb Boushley held Midland scoreless through the first five innings on Thursday at Wolff Stadium.
The San Antonio Missions won for the fourth time in the last five games with a 5-4 victory over the Midland RockHounds on Thursday at Wolff Stadium.

The Missions had been hot at the plate for most of the last two weeks. After having a rough all-around night on Wednesday, they piled up 11 hits on Thursday. Jose Azocar, Kyle Overstreet and Eguy Rosario had two hits each.

Missions starting pitcher Caleb Boushley held the RockHounds scoreless the first five innings and got the win (2-2). He left the game with one out and two runners on in the sixth. Both runners scored and Boushley ended the night with two earned runs on six hits, three walks and eight strikeouts. Jose Quezada pitched the final inning for his sixth save of the season.

The Missions scored a run in the bottom of the first inning and led the rest of the way. Taylor Kohlwey’s sacrifice fly brought in Azocar, who led off the first with a single.

The Missions got a long two-run single from Overstreet that scored Chandler Seagle and CJ Abrams in the fifth inning. Esteury Ruiz’s ground ball through the middle drove in Rosario in the sixth.

Jack Suwinski cracked his fourth triple of the season in the eighth inning and scored the Missions’ final run on Ruiz’s bunt.

Missions first baseman, Padres prospect Taylor Kohlwey: a first look

Taylor Kohlwey playing for the San Antonio Missions on 2021 opening day in Corpus Christi. - photo by Joe Alexander
Taylor Kohlwey playing first base for the San Antonio Missions on 2021 opening day in Corpus Christi. – photo by Joe Alexander
Taylor Kohlwey’s stay with the San Antonio Missions was a short one. Kohlwey was on the Missions’ opening day roster, but he was gone before the team played its first home game of the season.

Kohlwey was one of three Missions players to be promoted to the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas on Wednesday. El Paso was short-handed after having some of its players called to the majors by the San Diego Padres.

Listed as an outfielder on the roster, Kohlway played first base in the Missions’ season opener in Corpus Christi. He batted .240 in six games with the Missions.

El Paso is familiar territory for Kohlwey. He spent part of 2019 with the Chihuahuas, batting .304 in 11 games.

Kohlwey batted eighth and played left field and center field on Thursday night in his first game back with the Chihuahuas.

Missions’ Batten, Kohlwey, Podorsky called up to Triple-A

Three members of the San Antonio Missions have been called up to the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas, according to Missions radio.

Mat Batten, Taylor Kohlwey and Robbie Podorsky are the three players who are taking the next step.

As of 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the three players who were reported to be headed from San Antonio to El Paso are no longer listed on the Missions’ roster on the team website.

The Chihuahuas needed reinforcements after some of their players were called up by the short-handed San Diego Padres.

Podorsky is an outfielder and played in all of the Missions’ first seven games and was batting .370.

Kohlwey is a first baseman and was batting .240 in six games.

Batten is a third baseman and was batting .174 in six games.

None of the three was in the Missions’ lineup tonight as they played on the road against the Midland RockHounds.

UPDATE: Infielder Olivier Basabe has joined the Missions, coming up from Class-A Fort Wayne. The 23-year-old from Venezuela batted .273 in 11 games in Fort Wayne.

Basabe entered Wednesday night’s Missions game and played second base after Eguy Rosario left with an injury. Basabe went 1-for-1 with a single and an RBI in the Missions’ 9-2 road loss to the Midland RockHounds.