SAN ANTONIO, Texas — After coming back from an improbable nine-run deficit yesterday, the Missions put together their best all-around game of the series as they crushed the Midland Rockhounds 10-0 to split the series in the finale.
It was the second straight game San Antonio has scored ten runs or more.
“That was the cleanest game from our performance, great starting pitching, good defense and we executed offensively,” said Missions’ manager Phillip Wellman.
RHP Brett Kennedy had his best outing of the year, and one of the best of his career, as he went seven innings and gave up three hits, walked one and struck out four. Through the first the first five innings he faced the minimum of 15 batters.
“The last two games kind of got away from me. I got into some trouble and tried to do too much,” said Kennedy on his past two games were he gave up eight earned run in 1.1 innings against Midland and four earned runs in three innings against Frisco earlier in the homestand.
“I was working on my tempo and not worrying about the uncontrollable, which made the difference. I was trying to put too many pitches on the black instead of working on getting ahead and getting people out early in the count.”
Offensively San Antonio hit three home runs, including one by Nick Schulz that was crushed over the left-center wall heading north towards Dallas. Schulz is now leading the Texas League in home runs with eight after hitting only ten all of last year.
Franmil Reyes, River Stevens, Nick Torres and Alberth Martinez all had multiple hits, Martinez had three and finished a triple short of the cycle.
“I was happy for all of those guys but especially for River who has been swinging the bat well but not getting rewarded for it. I also like what Franmil did because we are going to need him to continue to swing that bat well.”
Mission Notes: Kennedy tied his career high going seven innings and saw his ERA drop from 9.42 to 6.33…2B/SS Luis Urias was 1-4, with a walk and ended his “slump” where he was held hitless the day before…the Missions left after the game for a four game set in Frisco.