Both games saw quality starting pitching for San Antonio with the Missions’ offense mimicking the sun, peaking out every now and then.
Game 1 - Mission 6 - Frisco RoughRiders 0
Key Statistics: CF Travis Jankowski 2-4, CS; 2B Diego Goris 2-4, 2 RBI; SS Trea Turner 1-3, 2 RBI, BB; LF Alberth Martinez 3-3, 3B, HR (4), RBI; C Jason Hagerty 1-3, HR (3); 1b Luis Domoromo 1-2, BB; RHP Justin Hancock (W, 4-1) 5.0 IP 2 H 2 BB 6 K.
RHP Justin Hancock scattered four hits, none for extra-bases, as he shut out Frisco for five innings. He threw 59 of his 93 pitches for strikes. Hancock had a good mix of his signature two-seam fastballs but also has been able to dial it up more than in the past. Monday, he was touching 95.
But the big advantage that Hancock has is his ability to locate the sinker down and away to force weak contact.
“I thought I had all of my pitches working today, especially when I got the double play with one out in the third,” said Hancock. “After that I kind of got into a bit of a groove.”
“When I have all of my pitches working I think I am pretty tough to beat.”
The game was closer than the final score indicated. The Missions broke the game open in the sixth with back-to-back home runs by LF Alberth Martiniez and C Jason Hagerty. SS Trea Turner closed out the scoring with a two run single with two outs.
Game 2 - Frisco RoughRiders 8 - Missions 0
Key Statistics: 2B Rey Bruguera 3-3, 2B; C Griff Erickson 0-1, 2 BB; CF Travis Jankowski 0-1, BB; 3B Casey McElroy 1-3, 2B; RHP Ryan Butler 6.0 IP 3 H R ER 3 BB 3 K; RHP Luis De La Cruz 0.2 IP 5 H 7 R 7 ER 3 BB 2 K 2 HR.
Again the final score didn’t indicate how close the game was. Righty Ryan Butler, a seventh round pick in last year’s draft, made his home debut and threw six strong innings giving up only a single run.
“As advertised he is a big prospect with a big fastball that is getting his feet wet in Double-A and showed some improvement from his first start with us,” said Mission’s manager Jamie Quirk.
“His fastball is there, it’s his breaking stuff that he has to work on - but it’s showing improvement.” “He just has to learn that sometimes throwing 97 is enough and it doesn’t have to be 100.”
After Butler exited the game reliever Luis De La Cruz may have had one of the worst outings in recent memory. The big Dominican gave up a pair of home runs, one was a particularly impressive shot by Rangers’ uber prospect Joey Gallo, a left-handed hitter, who pulled the ball directly into the wind and deposited it off of the right field scoreboard.
Cruz walked the next batter which was followed by a similar titanic shot by the RoughRiders’ catcher to left field. After walking yet another batter, Cruz was replaced by RHP Aaron Northcraft who got the third out.
The Missions were held scoreless for the final game of Monday’s action.
Notes: Jankowski exited the game in the fifth inning as a precautionary measure after injuring his finger on a bunt attempt in the third inning. After the game he seemed fine and is not expected to miss any time....Turner was 2-6 in the doubleheader with a walk and a pair of RBI. He has an eleven game hitting streak and a career high 24 game on-base streak according to the Missions press office.