July 6, 2017 - Texas League (TL) - Arkansas Travelers
San Antonio, TX-Late wildness did in the Arkansas Travelers on Wednesday night as they fell to the San Antonio Missions, 6-4 in the opener of a three game series.
With the Travs leading 2-1 in the sixth, the Missions opened the inning with a single and double to put a threat together. Ty France was hit by a pitch and then Alberth Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score. Fernando Perez followed with a walk to load the bases. That brought Peter Tago in from the Trav bullpen to replace Brett Ash but Tago issued a walk to Webster Rivas to force in a run and put the Missions ahead. A wild pitch allowed another run to score and San Antonio had pushed their lead out to three.
Arkansas would not go quietly though. In the eighth, Ian Miller reached to open the inning on a two base throwing error. With one out, Seth Mejias-Brean walked and Dario Pizzano was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Tyler Marlette capitalized with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to one. Then Ryan Casteel blasted a double off the left field wall to score another and tie the game.
The tie was short-lived as San Antonio came right back in the bottom of the inning. Thyago Vieira came on for the Travs and walked the first batter of the inning. The next batter hit a line drive off Vieira's leg and he threw wildly to second base trying for a force out putting runners at the corners. Blake Perry came in from the bullpen and notched a strikeout but then a wild pitch allowed the go-ahead run to score and moved the other runner all the way around to third. That extra 90 feet made a huge difference as Webster Rivas lifted a sac fly to provide an insurance run.
The two-run lead was plenty for Trey Wingenter who slammed the door in the ninth for his eighth save. T. J. Weir (3-1) picked up the win despite surrendering a pair of unearned runs, with Vieira (2-3) taking the loss.
Ryan Casteel led the Trav offense going 3-4 on the night with a double and run batted in. Webster Rivas was 2-2 for the Missions with a double, walk and three runs driven in.
The series continues with game two from San Antonio on Thursday night at 7:05. Right-hander Dylan Unsworth (6-6, 3.80) will pitch for the Travs against righty Kyle Lloyd (7-4, 3.46). The game will be broadcast on the Sports Animal 920, the First Pitch App,