Missions Beat Hounds and Clinch 2nd Half

August 30, 2011 7:13 PM

Missions first baseman Cody Decker, playing in his first home game since May 21, went 3-4 with a home run and four RBI in pacing San Antonio (90-44) to an 8-2 win over the Midland RockHounds Tuesday night at Wolff Stadium. With the victory, the Missions clinched the second-half South Division title and in the process, became just the fourth team in franchise history to win at least 90 games in a season. The other time's it's been accomplished were: 1908 (95-48), 1938 (93-67) and 1955 (93-68). Decker was activated from the disabled list on the recent road trip after suffering a third degree sprain on his right ankle forcing him to miss 85 games. With the Missions up 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Decker launched his 13th homer of the season over the left center wall for a 3-0 lead. After Midland plated a run in the fifth, Decker singled home another run in the San Antonio half of the inning as part of a three-run frame.

Left fielder Jaff Decker added a two-run homer in the sixth, making it the fifth time this season the Deckers have homered in the same game, the third against the RockHounds.

Juan Oramas allowed just one run and six hits in six innings to earn his ninth win of the season. It was San Antonio's 11th straight win at home, matching their season-high from April 29-May 22.

Game two of the series is tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. The Missions will send right- hander Joe Wieland (7-0, 1.38 ERA) to the hill, while Midland will counter with righty Sonny Gray (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who was Oakland's first round pick (18th overall) in this year's draft.

The first two games of the opening round of the Texas League playoffs will be on Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 8 at Wolff Stadium. Tickets can be purchased on line at samissions.com, at the Missions box office or by calling (210) 675- 7275.

As always, the San Antonio Missions can be heard on the home of the Missions KKYX 680 AM with the voices of the Missions, Roy Acuff and Mike Saeger calling all the action.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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