This has been a tough season for the San Antonio Missions’ opening day outfielders.
Troy Stokes Jr., Corey Ray and Tyrone Taylor have all missed time with injuries.
Stokes has not been in the lineup in 41 Missions games this season.
The good news for the Missions is that the three outfielders are back together and Stokes is building momentum offensively.
Stokes, who plays mostly left field, was batting .174 on June 8. His average is now up to .238. He is hitting .419 in his last 10 games with 7 RBIs in that stretch. He hit his eighth home run of the season in Monday’s 9-8 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies.
The 23-year-old from Baltimore was picked in the fourth round of the 2014 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2017 he hit 20 home runs in 135 games between Class A and Double-A.
Last year Stokes hit 19 home runs in 129 games in Double-A Biloxi, where he also won a Gold Glove.
The San Antonio Missions hit four home runs including three in one inning to beat the Fresno Grizzlies 9-8 on Monday afternoon at Wolff Stadium.
The Missions trailed 6-0 early in the game but narrowed the gap when Tyrone Taylor hit a three-run shot in the third inning, his eighth homer of the season.
The Missions took an 8-6 lead with four runs in the fifth inning. Troy Stokes Jr. hit a solo home run, his eighth of the season. Jacob Nottingham hit a two-run homer, his fourth of the season. Jake Hager hit a solo home run, his eighth of the season.
The Grizzlies scored single runs in the top of the seventh and eighth innings to tie it 8-8.
The Missions took the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth. Tyler Saladino led off with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Taylor. Saladino scored the winning run when David Freitas singled to right and Grizzlies right fielder Jose Marmolejos mis-handled the ball, allowing Saladino to advance two bases.
Missions reliever Angel Perdomo (3-0) pitched the seventh and eighth innings to earn the win. Ray Black pitched the ninth inning to earn his second save withthe Missions.
Monday’s game was Saladino’s first action in a Missions uniform since being called up by the Milwaukee Brewers on June 28.
Missions pitcher Jimmy Nelson had his second strong appearance in a row in relief. He threw 1 2/3 innings with no runs, one hit, one walk and four strikeouts
Black, who came to the Brewers organization from the San Francisco Giants in a deal at the MLB trade deadline, hit 101 MPH on the stadium radar.
Right-handed pitcher Corbin Burns started for the Missions on Wednesday in his first game since being sent down from the Milwaukee Brewers.
Burns had been used mostly as a reliever by the Brewers. Media reports from Milwaukee before the game indicated he would still throw limited innings in San Antonio.
Burns pitched two strong scoreless innings and struck out two batters in a 4-2 loss to the Round Rock Express at Wolff Stadium. He did not allow any hits or walks. He threw 24 pitches, 17 for strikes.
The Missions’ only runs came on a two-run homer by Troy Stokes Jr. in the fourth inning.
David Freita had a three-RBI double and a solo home run as the San Antonio Missions beat the Reno Aces 8-3 Sunday at Wolff Stadium.
Nate Orf drove in the Missions’ first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Orf was one of three Missions to score when Freitas doubled with the bases loaded later in the inning to give the Missions a 4-2 lead.
Michael O’Neill had an RBI double and scored on a single by Mauricio Dubon as the Missions added two more runs in the sixth to make it 6-2.
Freitas hit his fourth home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the seventh and make it 7-2.
Orf doubled in O’Neill in the bottom of the eighth for the Missions’ final run.
The Aces scored the first two runs of the game on solo home runs by Abraham Almonte in the third and fifth innings.
Missions starting pitcher Aaron Wilkerson (6-1) went five innings and got the win. He gave up the two home runs to Almonte – the only runs Wilkerson has allowed in home games at Wolff this season.