August 23, 2017 - Texas League (TL) - San Antonio Missions
Franmil Reyes powered San Antonio to a 5-3 win over Frisco Wednesday night at Wolff Stadium with a clutch grand slam in the sixth.
The Missions entered Wednesday in need of an offensive spark. In Tuesday night's series opener, the club suffered a three-hit shutout at the hands of Frisco's Tyler Davis. Offensive woes persisted in the early innings Wednesday as Texas Rangers rehabber Jake Diekman and righty Collin Wiles kept San Antonio off the board through five.
Frisco had issues scoring as well against talented lefty Joey Lucchesi, who kept the game scoreless through five. Lucchesi made the game's first mistake in the sixth when Luis Marte gave the RoughRiders a 1-0 lead with a solo dinger to left.
With the scoreless streak now at 16 innings, the San Antonio bats finally came alive in the bottom of the sixth against Wiles (9-10). Javier Guerra led off the frame with a double and quickly moved to third when Luis Urias followed with a single to right center. After retiring Fernando Tatis Jr. on a pop out, Wiles walked Josh Naylor to load the bases. That brought up Reyes, who cleared the bases with a blast to left center. It was Reyes' 20th homer of the season, which is the second-most in the Texas League. It was also his second career grand slam. Two batters later, Nick Torres capped the rally with a solo homer to right.
The offensive breakout was more than enough for Lucchesi, who allowed just two runs on five hits and one walk, while striking out four over a career-high, tying eight innings of worked. Both of his eight-inning efforts have come against Frisco. Lucchesi (4-3) threw 65 of his 87 pitches for strikes.
Trey Wingenter allowed a run in the ninth, but nothing further; as the righty notched his league-leading 18th save.
San Antonio (31-26, 72-55) resumes its four-game series with Frisco (24-34, 55-73) Thursday on Mission Mitsubishi Dollar Night presented by News 4 San Antonio and Cox Media Group. Eric Lauer (3-3, 4.81) will get the start for the Missions, while the 'Riders counter with fellow southpaw Yohander Mendez (7-7, 3.68).