Defensive Miscues Lead to Another Loss

SAN ANTONIO -- When the Missions are going bad, like the Padres, the fans focus on the team's lack of offense and, as with PETCO, they will focus on how difficult Nelson Wolff Stadium is to hit.

But San Antonio's biggest problem in the past few weeks has been what has bedeviled the Padres in 2012, the pitchers aren't keeping the ball in the park and issuing too many walks and, as was on display in tonight's 5-2 loss, the defense is simply kicking too many balls.

This season the Missions have made 70 errors in 59 games, three of which were tonight.

"Development is about pitching and hitting," said Missions' manager John Gibbons.

"At this level you have to be able to catch the ball because if you can't there is no place for you. You are never going to hit enough."

The Missions have now lost fourteen of their last eighteen games with their starter's having a home ERA of 7.28.

How bad have things been going for the Missions against Frisco?

They haven't had a lead at any point in any of the three games so far in this series.

The evening started predictably with an error by Missions' second baseman Bryan Altman and was followed with the next batter charitably receiving a single on a relatively easy comebacker to starting pitcher Andrew Werner to put two on.

But Werner, who has pitched reasonably well despite a 1-7 record, wiggled out of the jam with a strikeout before getting Frisco DH Alex Buchholz to ground out into a double play.

As with last night one inning did in the Missions as the RoughRiders were able to put three cheap runs on the board in the third inning with two outs.

Frisco second baseman Leury Garcia tripled just beyond the reach of centerfielder Reymond Fuentes which was followed up by an infield single shortstop Jurkison Profar that did not advance the runner.

But third baseman Edison Rincon's error on a potential inning ending grounder allowed the first run to score. The next batter Buchholz then redeemed himself by crushing a double to bring home two runs.

"Werner didn't pitch a bad game but these errors probably added another twenty-five to thirty pitches to his evening and then we have to get him out of there," said a frustrated Gibbons.

"Its just been happening to much and we have to get better."

Despite his losing record coming into the game Werner had allowed only twenty-seven earned runs in eleven starts; he deserves a little better.

The Missions mounted a minor comeback in the fourth with back to back RBI singles by 3b Edison Rincon and DH Jason Hagerty to cut the lead to 3-2.

However a misplayed triple by San Antonio right fielder T.J. Steel in the sixth and a home run in the eighth put the game out of reach at 5-2.

"The one thing about these guys they are as frustrated as anyone and they are working to get better."

"But it needs to stop."

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