Game Notes: San Antonio Missions vs. Memphis Redbirds
San Antonio Missions (23-17) vs. Memphis Redbirds (21-19)
Game #41/Home Game #22
Friday, May 17, 7:05 p.m.
Nelson Wolff Stadium
MiLB.tv / KONO 860 AM
RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-0, 6.23) vs. RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (3-1, 3.03)
Homer Hunters: After Nate Orf's second inning blast last night, San Antonio has now belted 21 home runs through 16 games during the month of May. This is on the heels of going deep 32 times in 26 games in April. The 32 dingers in April is tied for the fifth most home runs hit by a Missions team in a single month since 2005. The single-month record since 2005 is 40, which the Missions compiled in April 2011.
Never Out Of It: Last night the Missions put together another ninth inning rally for their fifth walk off victory of the season and third against Memphis. On the season San Antonio leads the PCL in ninth-inning batting average (.336), slugging percentage (.607), OPS (1.035), runs (27), RBI (23), total bases (65), doubles (T-1st, 9), and home runs (T-1st, 6).
Pinch-Hit Hager: Super utility man Jake Hager came through with yet another pinch hit last night with a ninth-inning single. He is 4-for-5 with 3 runs, a triple, a home run, and 4 RBI as a pinch-hitter. From the seventh inning on Hager is batting .375 (12-for-32) with 8 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, and 6 RBI.
Split Decisions: The Missions and Redbirds have been evenly matched this season as they have split the first six games against each other and five of them have been decided by one run. On April 11 Memphis doubled up the Missions 6-3. All three wins for the Missions have come via the walk off.
One for the Win: San Antonio has played in 18 one-run games this season, which is the most of any team in the Pacific Coast League. Their 10 wins in one-run games are the most on the circuit. Memphis meanwhile is 4-9 (.308) in one-run contests, which is the worst mark in the league.
Double Trouble: Tyler Saladino had a career night last night as he went 4-for-5 with 3 doubles and 3 RBI including a walk-off ground rule double. The four hits matched a career-high, which he first achieved on July 11, 2010 with short-season Bristol and his three doubles were a career-high. It was the third time this season a Missions player had a multi-double game. Saladino also tallied two doubles on April 5 at Oklahoma City and Nate Orf did so on April 21 at Nashville.
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