SAN ANTONIO, Texas — On a beautiful hot Sunday afternoon the wind was blowing out, but unfortunately not for the Missions.
..at least for the first seven innings.
San Antonio put ten runs on the board in the bottom of the seventh, capped off by a majestic home run by DH Franmil Reyes, to cap an improbable 11-10 win and end their five-game losing streak.
“I knew he was coming with the curve ball, so I wanted to hit the first one I saw,” said Reyes, who crushed the first pitch over the left-center field wall for the deciding runs.
Reyes, who had been struggling in the past few games, was finally able to relax and put together his best game so far in Double-A going 4 for 4 with a double, home run and four RBI.
“I took some swings in the cage right before the game and told myself to just worry about hitting the ball hard, because whatever is going to happen is going to happen.”
It was a rough start for the Missions when Enyel De Los Santos, the best starting pitching prospect in the rotation, surrendered three home runs, one of which was a grand slam, as San Antonio got down early before the big comeback.
The right-hander began the year strong going 12 innings in his first two starts and only allowing a single earned run. Since then he has given up 13 earned runs in his last three outings, blowing up his ERA from 0.75 to 5.32.
“He left too many balls over the plate and with a good hitting club they are going to make you pay,” said Missions’ manager Phillip Wellman.
“Two things that are overrated in the game are velocity, if you can’t throw it where you want, and power, if you can’t put it in play.”
After the Missions big inning, Adam Cimber and closer Charles Nading got six straight outs to help San Antonio preserve not only the comeback but a very big emotional win.
“We weren’t very good for about seven innings but we didn’t quit and to me as a manager that is all you can ask,” said Wellman.
“I don’t care if we win or lose, but play the game hard, don’t quit and don’t cry. If we can do that, things will work out.”
Mission Notes: Midland right fielder Tyler Marincov had quite a day with a grand slam and a two-RBI double in a losing effort….2B Luis Urias’ 11-game hitting streak came to an end with an 0 for 4 day with one walk. He came close in the eighth when he hit a line drive right at the third baseman…reliever Eric Yardley pitched well today, throwing two shutout innings. It was his fourth straight outing where he hasn’t given up an earned or unearned run…tomorrow night Brett Kennedy takes the mound for the Missions.