Dave Michael

San Antonio Missions Pounded

SAN ANTONIO - Center fielder Auston Bousfield opened the game with a lead-off home run to put the Missions up 1-0 and it was downhill from there as the Arkansas Travelers beat the Missions 7-1 on Friday night.

Starter Luis Diaz gave up six earned runs.  In five of his ten starts Diaz has given up four or more earned runs in half of them.  

Reliever Adam Cimber, who returned from Triple-A El Paso today, prevented further damage in the seventh when he relieved Diaz with no outs and runners on second and third. On a grounder to shortstop Jose Rondon, Rondon threw behind the runner to get the lead out at third. On the next pitch Cimber was able to induce an inning ending double-play.

With the exception of Bousfield’s home run, that was one of the very few highlights of the night for San Antonio.

One bright spot of the past few days has been the play of right fielder Nick Schulz who had two hits tonight and is making the most of getting consistent playing time.  Last night Schulz had a pair of two-out RBI and has been solid in the field.

Apart from a base running mishap in the sixth when he tried to advance from second base on a fly out to left, he has been a bright spot on a struggling team with the worst record in the Texas League. 

Key Statistics: RF Nick Schulz 2-3, 2B; CF Auston Bousfield 1-5, HR (3), RBI; 3B Mike Olt 2-4; C Ricard Valenzuela 0-2, 2 BB; RHP Luis Diaz 6.0 IP 12 H 6 r 6 ER BB 4 K; RHP Adam Cimber 2.0 IP BB.

Notes: The Missions are hitting .218 at home and combined with a 4.60 ERA at home is not a recipe for success.  San Antonio has now had nine consecutive months where they have had a losing record.  Nowhere to go but up.



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