Missions Keep Rolling

SAN ANTONIO: Any game in San Antonio usually begins with the question about the wind and today it was blowing out as the Missions erupted for eleven runs and are a game away from sweeping the Rockhounds as they solidified their hold on first place with a 11-7 victory.

It was the Missions ninth win in their past eleven games.

Many members of this years team were also a part of the 2009 Midwest League champions who won 101 games and as with the TinCaps that season the team had an unyielding belief of never being out of any game. .

"We kind of have the same mentality as we had then," said CF Blake Tekotte, one of the stars of both teams. .

"We had a saying then that we never really lose, we just run out of innings." .

DH Cody Decker opened the scoring for the Missions with a two run opposite field home run to even the game at two. The home run was his eleventh of the season and gave him the lead in all of professional baseball, minors and majors, for home runs. .

"It's been fun, you know it would also be nice to not strike out twice every game, but I will keep paying that for home runs if that is what it takes," said Decker. .

San Antonio has now hit 41 home runs in 23 games. Last year they didn't hit their fortieth home run until June 10, game number 57. And for Padres' fans used to waiting with crossed fingers for every run driven across the plate, San Antonio has three of the top RBI leaders in the Texas League - Jaff Decker (1) with 27, Cody Decker (3) with 22 and Blake Tekotte (5) with 20. .

Jorge Reyes started the game for the Missions and lasted five giving up six runs but San Antonio's bullpen, led by Rob Musgrave who threw two innings and got the win, came in and held the RockHounds to a solo home run in the ninth. .

Catcher Ali Solis, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2005 by the Padres, had a big day with a pair of extra-base hits to finish the day with three RBIs. .

"I really worked hard on my hitting in the off-season and I think some of that work was able to cary through for this year," said Solis with translation help by Jorge Reyes. .

Reyes who also showed some speed with a triple today. .

"I'm not afraid to run but I also need to think faster than I can move," said a laughing Solis. .

The Rockhounds also made the game a little easier for the Missions with three errors, two of which were in the eighth that put the game out of reach. .

The only negative to San Antonio's day was RF Dan Robertson's ejection for arguing a called third strike. .

The Missions now have a four game lead in the Texas South division.


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