Missions Hang on for 3-2 Victory Over Midland

SAN ANTONIO, TX: Despite outhitting the Missions twelve to six the Rockhounds could not stop San Antonio as they won for their fourth time in five games on the home stand as starting pitcher Casey Kelly went five strong innings.

"I guess you could say that we maximized our hits," said manager Doug Dascenzo after the game.

"Casey pitched well tonight with his sinker and curve. He just does it so effortlessly that he forces batters to hit what they don't want too.

San Antonio's batters got their first real taste this year of what the winds can do in Nelson Wolff Stadium as several hits, including a towering shot by Jaff Decker to right was blown back into the field.

But on a night when the wind took back several potential souvenirs one that it couldn't stop was a big drive on a first pitch fast ball by DH Cody Decker to deep left center which put the Missions ahead to stay in the fourth and tied him for the minor league lead in home runs with nine.

"I wasn't really looking for anything in particular, I'm always aggressive early in the count - sometimes to my detriment," said a smiling Decker.

Kelly, despite not working a clean inning for the entire game, kept the Midland hitters off balance with a seemingly endless array of pitches that started at the knee and then moved, dipped or faded.

"Being a sinker ball pitcher I'm always one pitch away from a ground ball or getting a double play," said Kelly.

The Missions kept things interesting in the last three innings as the Rockhounds opened the seventh with back to back doubles to narrow the score to 3-2 on back to back doubles with no outs, but reliever Nick Vincent was able to rally to get the next three batters.

Alexis Lara also kept things tight in the eighth inning putting two on before also wiggling out of another jam by getting a called strike three to end the threat.

Closer Brad Brach finished the game with his usual rapid fire pace ending the game with a strikeout for his seventh save of the year.

"I'm really not even aware of the pace that I am working, I'm just so focused on the hitter and trying to attack," said Brach.

"And it usually works out for me."


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