San Antonio Gets Back in Series with Huge Offensive
San Antonio used a 15-hit attack to pound Midland 11-3 in front of a sellout Tuesday night crowd of 6,438 at Wolff Stadium.
After being stymied by RockHounds pitching in each of the first two games of the series, the Missions put up a five spot in the first against lefty A.J. Puk (0-3). Highlighting the uprising was a bases-clearing double to left by catcher Webster Rivas. Puk, one of Oakland's top pitching prospects, did not last past the first. On June 24 at The Wolff, Puk lasted just a third of an inning in a start.
Midland got one of the runs back in the second against right-hander Enyel De Los Santos with a Tyler Ramirez single to right.
After the Missions pushed the lead back to five in the third, the RockHounds threatened to make a game of it with a pair of runs in the fourth. De Los Santos (7-4) put up a zero in the fifth and then his offense took care of the rest of the contest.
In the bottom of the fifth, Luis Urias gave the Missions a 7-3 lead with an RBI-single off reliever Aaron Kurcz.
An inning later, San Antonio broke the game open against Carlos Navas with a four-run rally, highlighted by a two-RBI double to right by Rivas, who finished with a game-high and career-high five runs driven in.
Relievers Kyle McGrath, Buddy Baumann and Cesar Vargas combined on four scoreless innings to complete San Antonio's league-leading 57th win of the season.
San Antonio (16-9, 57-38) wraps up its four-game series with Midland (8-17, 43-52) Wednesday on Military Appreciation Night presented by Air Force Federal Credit Union. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. Brett Kennedy (8-5, 3.62) will get the start for the Missions in the finale, while the 'Hounds counter with fellow righty Grant Holmes (6-9, 4.92).
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