Closeups of the 2019 San Antonio Missions

San Antonio Missions catcher/first baseman David Freitas won the Pacific Coast League batting title. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Missions catcher/first baseman David Freitas won the Pacific Coast League batting title. – photo by Joe Alexander
Even front row seats are a long way from some positions on a baseball field.

During the course of the 2019 San Antonio Missions season, I occasionally got closer a look at some of the players.

That seemed like a good way to wrap up my summer from Wolff Stadium.

Missions’ Hernan Perez headed back to Brewers; Travis Shaw sent down

Hernan Perez playing for the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium this season. - photo by Joe Alexander
Hernan Perez playing for the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium this season. – photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Missions infielder Hernan Perez has been hitting the ball well as of late.

On Friday, that earned him a promotion back to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Brewers also announced infielder Travis Shaw is being sent back down to the Missions and pitcher Burch Smith was designated for assignment.

The Brewers sent Perez to the Triple-A Missions after he hit .235 in 59 games in the majors this season.

Perez joined the Missions on July 5. He got off to a slow start in San Antonio, hitting .250 with no home runs in his first 10 games.

More recently, things have turned around. The 28-year-old infielder is hitting .313 with five home runs in his last 17 games.

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported Perez is returning to the Brewers.

Brewers’ Travis Shaw has probably played his last game for the Missions

Travis Shaw playing for the San Antonio Missions on Wednesday night at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Travis Shaw playing for the San Antonio Missions on Wednesday night at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
Travis Shaw didn’t play in Thursday night’s San Antonio Missions game against the Iowa Cubs.

By Thursday afternoon, there were media reports that Shaw will be called back up by the Milwaukee Brewers.

If all goes as expected, Wednesday night at Wolff Stadium was Shaw’s last game in a Missions uniform and he will be on the Brewers’ active roster on Friday night when they open a big three-game homestand against the Chicago Cubs.

The 29-year-old infielder played 57 games with the Brewers this season. He hit .164 with six home runs. He was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on June 28.

Shaw’s hitting was coming back around in recent games with the Missions. In his last 10 games he hit .323 (10-of-31) with four home runs and 12 RBIs. During that stretch Shaw looked like he was seeing the ball well and was consistently hitting the ball hard.

Last season with the Brewers, Shaw hit .241 with 32 home runs in 152 games.

Drew Smyly earns his first Missions win at Wolff Stadium

The San Antonio Missions' Drew Smyly pitches against the Omaha Storm Chasers on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Missions’ Drew Smyly pitches against the Omaha Storm Chasers on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
Drew Smyly pitched in his first home game with the San Antonio Missions on Thursday at Wolff Stadium.

The former Texas Rangers starter threw five innings to get the win. He allowed two runs, including a solo home run in the second inning, on three hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

The Missions beat the Omaha Storm Chasers 9-2. Cory Spangenberg and Travis Shaw both hit home runs. Spangenberg finished with three hits and five RBIs.

Thursday’s game was Smyly’s second start for the Missions. On July 7 in New Orleans, in his first appearance after signing a minor-league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, Smyly went four innings and gave up one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. He did not get a decision.

The 6-foot-3 left-hander had a 1-5 record and 8.42 ERA in 13 games with the Rangers this season being released.

Brewers’ Travis Shaw returns to Missions’ lineup

Travis Shaw had one hit and played third base for the Missions on Monday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Travis Shaw had one hit and played third base for the Missions on Monday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
Milwaukee Brewers infielder Travis Shaw was in the San Antonio Missions’ lineup Monday night for the first time since being optioned to the Triple-A team last week.

Shaw played third base on Monday and batted fourth. He had one hit in four at-bats with two strikeouts.

Shaw played 10 games with the Missions in May and early June before going up to join the Brewers. He hit .164 with six home runs in 57 games with Milwaukee. Last season with the Brewers he hit .241 with 32 home runs in 152 games.

The Iowa Cubs beat the Missions 5-3 Monday night at Wolff Stadium.

Missions split series with Storm Chasers; Brewers announce roster moves

Travis Shaw batting for the San Antonio Missions on Sunday at Wolff Stadium in his final game before returning to the Milwaukee Brewers. - photo by Joe Alexander
Travis Shaw batting for the Missions at Wolff Stadium in his final game before returning to the Brewers. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Missions beat the Omaha Storm Chasers 8-3 Sunday at Wolff Stadium to earn a split of the four-game series.

The game marked the final appearance in a Missions uniform for the Milwaukee Brewers’ Travis Shaw. He was rehabbing from an injury.

Shaw was 1-of-2 and walked while batting second as the designated hitter. Shaw played in 10 games with San Antonio and batted .235 with one home run.

David Freitas, Troy Stokes Jr. and Jake Hager had two RBIs each for the Missions on Sunday.

Missions starting pitcher Thomas Jankins (4-2) got the win. He went five innings and gave up two earned runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

Roster moves

Missions right-handed pitcher Jacob Barnes was called up by the Brewers.

Missions right-handed pitcher Taylor Williams was called up by the Brewers.

Catcher Jacob Nottingham has been optioned from the Brewers back to the Missions.

Brewers’ Travis Shaw heating up at the plate with Missions

The Milwaukee Brewers' Travis Shaw playing for the San Antonio Missions against the Omaha Storm Chasers on Friday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Brewers’ Travis Shaw playing for the Missions against Omaha on Friday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander

Travis Shaw had three hits including a solo home run on Friday in the San Antonio Missions’ 3-0 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers at Wolff Stadium.

The Milwaukee Brewers infielder is with Triple-A San Antonio on a rehab assignment while coming back from a wrist injury. On Friday, he was 3-for-3 with a walk.

Shaw is hitting .438 (7-of-16) over his last five games with the Missions.

He is expected to rejoin the Brewers after the Missions’ current four-game series, which concludes Sunday.

Milwaukee Brewers infielder Travis Shaw with the San Antonio Missions

The Milwaukee Brewers' Travis Shaw playing for the San Antonio Missions on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Brewers’ Travis Shaw playing for the Missions on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
Travis Shaw of the Milwaukee Brewers is currently playing with the San Antonio Missions on a rehab assignment due to a wrist injury.

Media reports from Milwaukee indicate he will return to the Brewers after the Missions’ current four-game home series against the Omaha Storm Chasers ends on Sunday.

Through Thursday, Shaw has played in seven games with the Missions and is batting .192. In the last four games he is 4-of-13 (.307) with three runs.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound infielder played in his first Missions home game on Thursday with the team wearing their alternate Flying Chanclas uniforms.