Missions win fifth straight

Drew Macias and Jose Lobaton powered the Missions offense while the bullpen secured the victory Tuesday in San Antonio.

The Missions played the second of a four-game set against the Corpus Christi Hooks on Tuesday, riding a four-game winning streak.

The game got off to a rocky start for Missions starter Manny Ayala when he allowed a booming home run to Hooks lead off hitter Drew Sutton that banged off the top of the scoreboard in right field. Ayala had faced Sutton once before in his career, which came earlier this season, where Sutton also homered. Ayala was helped by his defense when second baseman Gabe Lopez made a diving stab to end the threat in the first inning.

In the bottom of the first, Lopez and Drew Macias both reached on singles before Chad Huffman stroked a two-run double to left-center to score both runs to put the Missions ahead 2-1. The score remained the same until the bottom of the fourth when Craig Cooper and Seth Johnston hit back-to-back doubles, followed by a Jose Lobaton home run to right field to put the Missions ahead 5-1.

Ayala ran into trouble in the 6th inning, allowing three runs before being lifted with one out by manager Bill Masse. Wilton Lopez came out of the bullpen to retire the last two batters of the inning with two runners on and ended the Corpus rally one run short.

Macias then continued his perfect night by hitting a ground-rule double to right field, scoring Josh Alley to give the Mission bullpen an extra run of support. His 4-for-4 game today brought his average up to .319 for the month of June, and .272 for the season.

Masse called on Greg Burke to close out the game in the ninth, but the big righty ran into some trouble when three consecutive singles loaded the bases with one out. Pitching coach Steve Webber trotted out to the mound to have a few words with Burke. After the conference, Burke didn't allow either of the next two hitters to get the ball out of the infield.

The Missions pushed their winning streak to five and improved to 13-3 in the month of June.

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