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Camarena's Quality Start Spoiled in Close Loss

July 5, 2023 - Texas League (TL)
San Antonio Missions News Release

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Missions began a six-game series with the Corpus Christi Hooks on Wednesday night. With the help of a quality start from Daniel Camarena, the Missions came-from-behind to tie the game in the eighth inning. However, the Hooks plated a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure a 4-3 lead. San Antonio falls to Corpus Christi by that score and the club has now lost four consecutive games.

Blair Henley was the starting pitcher for the Hooks. The right-hander left a runner stranded in scoring position in the top of the first inning. Henley walked Ripken Reyes to start the game. As Michel De La Cruz struck out, Reyes stole second base. Henley retired the next two batters to leave Reyes at second base.

Daniel Camarena was the starting pitcher for the Missions. He too left a runner stranded in scoring position in the first inning. Kenedy Corona began the frame with a base hit to left field. A wild pitch moved Corona to second base. With two outs, Corona stole third base to move himself closer to scoring. Zach Daniels lined out to end the inning.

The Hooks gained the lead with three runs on two hits in the bottom of the second inning. Colin Barber began the inning with a base hit. Chad Stevens drew a walk to put two runners on base. Former Missions infielder Luis Aviles Jr. drove in Barber with a ground-rule double. J.C. Correa drove in Stevens with a sacrifice fly. Aviles Jr. came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Garrett Wolforth. The Missions trailed 3-0.

The Missions plated a run in the top of the third inning. With two outs, Reyes was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. De La Cruz drove in Reyes with a base hit to left field. San Antonio cut the lead to 3-1.

Camarena had to pitch out of another scoring position situation in the fourth inning. With one out, Stevens was hit by a pitch and stole second base. Aviles Jr. popped out and Correa struck out to end the scoring threat.

Henley, in his longest outing of the season, went six innings while allowing one run on three hits. The right-hander walked two batters and struck out five batters. Ray Gaither took the mound for the Hooks in the seventh inning.

Camarena recorded his second quality start of the season after allowing three runs across six innings of work. The southpaw allowed five hits, one walk and struck out three batters. Alek Jacob took the mound for the Missions in the seventh inning.

San Antonio came back to tie the game in the top of the eighth inning. Reyes began the inning by reaching base on an error by Correa. De La Cruz singled and Reyes advanced to third base. After retiring the next batter, Gaither allowed a sacrifice fly to Daniel Johnson and Reyes trotted home. Pedro Castellanos drove in De La Cruz with a double to center field. The ballgame was tied 3-3.

The Hooks regained the lead in the bottom half of the eighth inning. Facing Justin Lopez, Drew Gilbert doubled to start the inning. Joey Loperfido grounded out and Gilbert advanced to third base. Daniels drove in Gilbert with a sacrifice fly to center field. Corpus Christi gained a 4-3 advantage.

In the top of the ninth inning, Cesar Gomez took the mound for Corpus Christi. Ray-Patrick Didder and Chandler Seagle each popped out to start the inning. Justin Farmer grounded out to end the game.

Post-Game Notes

* Final Score: 4-3

* With the loss, San Antonio falls to 3-5 & 40-37 on the season

* Jackson Wolf (#16 Padres prospect): Scheduled to pitch Friday, July 7th

* Alek Jacob (#26 Padres prospect): 1.0 IP, BB, K

* Brandon Valenzuela (#29 Padres prospect): DNP

* Daniel Camarena (Missions starter): ND, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 K

* Drew Gilbert (#1 Hooks prospect, #73 MLB): 2-4, 2 2B, R, K

* Colin Barber (#3 Hooks prospect): 1-4, R

* Blair Henley (Hooks starter): ND, 6.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K

The San Antonio Missions will continue their six-game series with the Corpus Christi Hooks on Thursday, July 6th. Right-hander Jared Kollar (0-0, 3.86) is scheduled to pitch for the Missions. Left-hander Colton Gordon (2-4, 3.52) is scheduled to pitch for the Hooks. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. from Whataburger Field.

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