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Recker Blasts Two Homeruns In Loss05/15/2009 10:24 AM ET
By Bob Hards / Midland RockHounds
A broken-bat single ended 10 innings of baseball Thursday night at Nelson Wolff Stadium in San Antonio, with the Missions defeating the RockHounds, 4-3.
The Missions took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a 2-run double by Cedric Hunter. Over the next four innings the Missions would threaten, but not score, against 'Hounds starter Kristian Bell. The right-hander from Houston entered the game with a 9.61 ERA, but went 5.0 solid innings in his best performance to date.
The RockHounds got on the board in the second when Anthony Recker broke an 0-for-10 mini-slump with a single to left and scored on Michael Affronti's RBI single. In the fourth, "Reck" ripped a solo home run, a line drive over the left field wall, tying the game a 2-2.
RockHounds reliever Rocky Roquet walked the bases loaded with one out in the sixth, but struck out Craig Cooper (who entered the game batting .400) and appeared to be out of the jam when Hunter chopped to second base. As Affronti moved in to make the play, he bumped into base runner Mike Baxter and no play was made. The RockHounds claimed ... loudly ... that interference should have been called and the inning over. Roquet and manager Darren Bush were ejected making their case, but to no avail. No "penalty flag for interference" was thrown, and the Missions took a 3-2 lead.
In the ninth, the "Recking Crew" tied the game, as Recker hit his second home run of the game, this one a towering fly ball over the left field wall off Missions closer Evan Scribner, who suffered his first blown save in six chances.
The Missions won the game in the 10th on a walk and a pair of singles, with the game-winner scoring on Mitch Canham 's broken bat flair to right and the base runners going on a 3-2 pitch.
The clubs have split the first two games of the series, as have Corpus Christi and Frisco in the series between those two South Division teams (see standings, above).
Gilligan? He, the Skipper and the "seven stranded castaways" would be proud: The Missions won the game despite stranding nineteen (19) base runners.
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