Dave Michael

San Antonio Missions' Offense Struggles Again

SAN ANTONIO - “The pitching was good, and B-Rod pitched his heart out, but we didn’t get the win and I don’t believe in moral victories,” said Missions’ manager Phillip Wellman as he watched the Missions’ offense struggle once again.

“When I look at the record I still see 15 and 33.”

Bryan Rodriguez, after struggling in his previous start against the Frisco RoughRiders where he gave up six earned runs in six innings, was better than the overall line score indicated going seven and two-thirds innings for his longest start of the year and giving up three runs.

“I thought my curve ball was much better tonight.  In my last start I was having trouble throwing my secondary pitches with two strikes and tonight I was better at that,” Rodriguez said on the reasons for his improvement.

With catcher Ryan Miller still injured with a bruised thumb on his non-throwing hand, A.J. Kennedy got the start and threw out two of three runners attempting to steal to go along with one for three night at the plate. San Antonio also had a pair of slick double plays by shortstop Jose Rondon and second baseman Nelson Ward, but after that not much.

What kind of night was it for San Antonio?

Left fielder Nick Torres had three hits, but was picked off twice on bad base running mistakes.

“We had some base running mistakes.  You can’t get picked off when you have first and second with no out or when you are two runs down,” said Wellman.

“These are not good things and the little things accounted for three runs and that is what we get beat by.”

NOTES:  The Missions are currently last in the Texas League in batting, last in runs, last in on-base percentage and last in slugging.  They have gone 70 innings without a multi-run inning.…Torres credited some minor mechanical changes in helping get three hits tonight, “I have been trying to get flatter through the zone so that the back elbow is the first thing that fires through instead of my hands.  That way it helped me stay flatter.”


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