San Antonio suffered a heartbreaking, 1-0 loss to Corpus Christi in Game Four of the Texas League South Division Series Saturday night at Wolff Stadium.
Game Four featured a tremendous pitcher's duel between Missions' left-hander Juan Oramas and Hooks' righty Ruben Alaniz. Oramas allowed just three hits and two walks, while striking out five in his six scoreless innings. The 23-year-old hurler threw 61 of his 88 pitches for strikes. Alaniz was equally impressive in his seven innings on the hill, allowing just three hits and one walk, while fanning six.
The Hooks missed out on a great scoring chance in the top of the seventh against Missions' reliever Tim Sexton when they put runners on second and third with two outs. Fortunately for San Antonio, Sexton was able to keep the game scoreless by inducing an inning-ending ground out off the bat of Leonardo Heras. Sexton had far less worries in the eighth, where he set down Corpus Christi in order.
After Houston rehabber Edgar Gonzalez (1-0) struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth, the Hooks finally broke through for a run. Right-hander Jeremy McBryde entered the game in the top of the ninth and promptly walked leadoff batter, Ryan McCurdy. Meyer followed with a bunt down the first-base line that was fielded by McBryde (0-1), but the closer's throw to first baseman Tommy Medica sailed wide, allowing Meyer to reach and McCurdy to advance all the way to third. That brought up pinch-hitter Michael Burgess, who drove in the game's only run with a single up the middle.
San Antonio went down fighting in the bottom of the ninth against Alex Sogard. Adam Buschini began the frame with a single into right center. After a pair of groundouts moved Buschini to third, Yeison Asencio had a chance to tie the game for the Missions. However, Asencio was unable to drive in Buschini, as Sogard retired the young outfielder on strikes to end the game.
The teams will head back to Corpus Christi on Sunday for a winner-take-all Game Five. First pitch from Whataburger Field will be 6:05 PM. Josh Geer (8-5, 3.41) will take the hill for the Missions, while the Hooks will counter with David Rollins (0-3, 4.36).