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Missions Slug Two Homers but Allow late Comeback from Frisco in Saturday Night Defeat  

May 28, 2022

SAN ANTONIO – It was another thrilling game between the San Antonio Missions and Frisco RoughRiders. In a back-and-forth battle, the Missions held a 6-3 lead heading into the sixth inning. The Missions bullpen allowed seven runs across the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. The RoughRiders came out on top

SAN ANTONIO – It was another thrilling game between the San Antonio Missions and Frisco RoughRiders. In a back-and-forth battle, the Missions held a 6-3 lead heading into the sixth inning. The Missions bullpen allowed seven runs across the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. The RoughRiders came out on top Saturday night with a 10-6 victory.

Zak Kent was the starting pitcher for the Frisco RoughRiders. After a scoreless first inning, the Missions had their first scoring opportunity in the top of the second inning. With two outs in the inning, Tirso Ornelas drew a walk to extend the inning. He stole second base and third base while Connor Kaiser was at bat. Kaiser struck out swinging to leave Ornelas stranded.

Lake Bachar was the starting pitcher for the San Antonio Missions. After a scoreless first inning, the RoughRiders scored the first two runs of the game in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs in the inning, Trey Hair singled to keep the inning alive. Matt Whatley connected on a two-run home run off Bachar. His first long ball of the season gave Frisco a 2-0 lead.

The Missions offense quickly responded and tied the game in the top of the third inning. Korry Howell started off the inning with a single and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt from Esteury Ruiz. Howell came around to score after a single from Connor Hollis. Hollis advanced to second base with a successful stolen base attempt. With two outs in the inning, Juan Fernandez hit a single and scored Hollis.

Frisco regained the lead in the bottom of the third inning. After recording the first two outs of the inning, J.P. Martinez stepped up to the plate and launched a solo home run. His seventh long ball of the season made it a 3-2 ballgame.

The Missions utilized the long ball to regain the lead in the top of the fourth inning. Yorman Rodriguez began the inning by hitting a solo home run to left field. Ornelas hit a single to place a runner on base. After the next two hitters were retired, Ruiz crushed a two-run home run to left field. The two long balls gave San Antonio a 5-3 lead.

San Antonio added an insurance run in the top of the fifth inning. Leyba and Fernandez hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Leyba tagged and advanced to third on a fly out from Thomas Milone. Rodriguez drove in Leyba with a sacrifice fly. The Missions had a 6-3 advantage.

The RoughRiders began their comeback attempt by scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. With Mason Fox on the mound, Martinez drew a lead-off walk and stole second base. Blaine Crim singled to advance Martinez to third base. Martinez scored as Ezequiel Duran grounded into a double play. The Missions held a 6-4 lead.

Frisco completed the comeback attempt and regained the lead by scoring five runs on four hits in the bottom of the seventh inning. With Tom Cosgrove on the mound, Sandro Fabian hit a two-out, solo home run to left field. Cosgrove then allowed a base hit, a walk, and he hit a batter. With the bases loaded and two outs, Dinelson Lamet came on to pitch. Lamet allowed a wild pitch which scored the second run of the inning. Blaine Crim hit a double which scored two runs. Lastly, Duran hit a double which scored the fifth run of the inning. San Antonio now trailed 9-6.

Frisco used the long ball to add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning. With Lamet still on the mound, Whatley left the yard for the second time in the ballgame. His solo blast made it a 10-6 Frisco advantage.

Post-Game Notes

  • With the loss, San Antonio falls to 23-21 on the season
  • Korry Howell (#14 Padres prospect): 1-4, R, 2 K
  • Tirso Ornelas (#24 Padres prospect): 1-3, R, BB, 2 SB, K
  • Esteury Ruiz (#30 Padres prospect): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, R, SB, SAC, K

The San Antonio Missions will wrap-up their six-game series with the Frisco RoughRiders on Sunday, May 29th. Left-hander Jason Blanchard (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to start for the Missions. Right-hander Justin Slaten (0-2, 4.57) is scheduled to start for the RoughRiders. First pitch is expected at 4:05 p.m.

The San Antonio Missions are the Double-A affiliate for the San Diego Padres. This is the 120th professional season for the San Antonio Missions. Single game tickets are available now and can be purchased online or at the 1st Base Box Office. Season seat memberships are available now. For more information call 210-675-PARK (7275) or visit samissions.com.