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.
The San Antonio Missions got key hits and shutout pitching through eight innings to beat the Oklahoma City Dodgers 4-2 on Friday at Wolff Stadium.
The Missions remain 1 1/2 games behind the Round Rock Express in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Standings. Round Rock beat New Orleans 3-2 on Friday.
Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer in the third inning, his second home run and fourth extra-base hit since joining the Missions on Aug. 16.
Nate Orf drove in the Missions’ first run with an RBI single in the second inning.
Troy Stokes Jr. added an RBI single in the sixth inning to bring in the Missions’ final run.
Missions starting pitcher Aaron Wilkerson (8-2) pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits with five strikeouts and two walks. He lowered his season ERA to 3.34.
Angel Perdomo and Miguel Sanchez combined to pitch a scoreless sixth inning. Freddy Peralta kept the Dodgers scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings.
The Dodgers scored both of their runs in the top of the ninth off of Missions reliever Ray Black.
Bubba Derby had a run-scoring double and also started off a combined shutout as the San Antonio Missions beat the New Orleans Baby Cakes 8-0 Sunday at Wolff Stadium.
Derby (6-7) pitched five scoresless innings to earn the win. He allowed three hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Miguel Sanchez followed with 1 2/3 innings, allowing two hits with one strikeout. Angel Perdomo pitched the last 2 1/3 innings, allowing one hit with four strikeouts and one walk.
Tyler Austin, playing first base and starting for the second time with the Missions, had two hits including a fourth-inning home run. Troy Stokes Jr. and Corey Ray also had two hits each.
The Milwaukee Brewers signed infielder Tyler Austin on Friday and assigned him to the San Antonio Missions.
Austin made his Missions debut as a pinch-hitter on Friday night in the Missions’ 4-2 loss to the New Orleans Baby Cakes at Wolff Stadium. Austin flied out in his only action of the game.
Austin played in 70 games this season for the San Francisco Giants. He batted .185 with 8 home runs.
On Aug. 9, the Giants sent him outright to the Sacramento River Cats. Austin elected free agency, making him available to the Brewers organization.
The 6-foot-2 right-hander has also played in the majors for the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees. He has played in 192 major league games and batted .220 with 32 home runs.