In the final game of the 2016 season, a ninth-inning grand slam by Corpus Christi's J.D. Davis sent San Antonio to a 4-2 loss Monday afternoon before 4,392 at Wolff Stadium.
Tim Berry got the ball for the Missions in Monday's season finale looking to rebound from a start at Midland on August 31 in which he allowed a career-high 11 runs (just six earned). The southpaw did just that, allowing just four hits and three walks, while striking out four over six shutout innings.
It was Berry's first scoreless outing as a Mission. Normally, Berry's performance would have been rewarded with a win, but not on Monday, as his mound opponent, Cy Sneed, tossed five shutout frames of his own.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the eighth, when designated hitter Ryan Miller drove in two with a double to right-center off reliever Eric Peterson.
Daniel McCutchen ( 1-2) came in for San Antonio in the ninth to lock up a victory, but quickly ran into trouble, loading the bases after allowing singles to three of the first four hitters. That brought up Davis, who belted McCutchen's first pitch onto the berm in left. It was Davis' 23rd homer of the season and his eighth against the Missions.
Peterson (6-3) worked a perfect bottom of the ninth to cap the Corpus Christi sweep (38-32, 85-55). It was the club's seventh sweep of the season and its fourth against San Antonio (36-34, 58-82).
Notes: San Antonio finished the season with a team ERA of 3.92. After their game on May 23 the team ERA sat at 5.40.