June 26, 2017 - Texas League (TL) - Midland RockHounds
The 'Hounds fell at San Antonio, 5-1 on Sunday afternoon, completing an eight-game road trip with a 2-6 mark and a 21-man roster. They also ran into an outstanding Missions pitching staff, including Brett Kennedy's seven scoreless innings in the series finale.
San Antonio, as they did Saturday night, got on the board in the top of the first. With rain delaying the star of the game slightly, and the possibility of more showers interrupting play, the 'Hounds elected to start Carlos Navas, with scheduled starter Grant Holmes pitching in a "tandem role." Back-to-back doubles from Luis Urias and Noah Perio (RBI) put the Missions on the board, as part of a two-run inning.
Urias added an RBI single in the fourth and Perio belted a two-run homer in the seventh, as San Antonio's 1 and 2 hitters combined to score three runs and drive in four to lead the Missions. The first two runs came against Navas over two innings and the last three against Holmes over six innings.
Kennedy, who entered the game 1-1, with a 6.59 ERA in the season series versus the RockHounds, allowed only an opposite field single from Viosergy Rosa over seven brilliant innings. He walked one and hit one batsman (Brett Vertigan ) while striking out seven.
The RockHounds had twice as many hits in the ninth inning (two), as they did over the first eight. Argenis Raga 's ground ball down the left field line hit the third base bag for a double and Rosa ripped an RBI double into the right field corner.
The RockHounds finished the eight-game road trip 2-6 (1-3 at both Frisco and San Antonio) and are 1-5 in the second half. Despite the 3-1 series loss to San Antonio, the 'Hounds are 10-10 against the Missions, the league's top club.
The 'Hounds scored 15 runs in the San Antonio series and Viosergy Rosa drove in nine of them. The RBI in the ninth on Sunday was Rosa's 60th of the year, pushing him into the Texas League lead, one ahead of Tulsa's Edwin Rios. In his last 11 games, the 'Hounds first baseman is hitting .326 (14-for-43) with 16 RBI.
Max Schrock has reached base in seven straight games (9-for-27, .333) and has hits in 14 of his last 17 games (26-for-67, .388).
Adding injury to insult: Brett Vertigan left the game after being hit by a pitch in the top of the first on Sunday and the injury left the RockHounds with no position players on the bench.