A three-run homer in the seventh by Eric Aquilera was the difference as Frisco sent San Antonio to a frustrating 4-1 loss before 5,632 Friday night at Wolff Stadium.
Pitching was the story of Friday evening beginning with a terrific starting matchup of San Antonio's Joey Lucchesi and Frisco's Tyler Davis.
Lucchesi, making his fifth start at the Double-A level, looked sharp again, keeping the 'Riders off the board through six, while allowing just three hits. His mound opponent, however, was equally impressive, holding San Antonio hitless through four.
In the top of the fifth, the Missions finally broke through against Davis (2-1) as Alberth Martinez drove in Franmil Reyes from second with a double down the right-field line.
San Antonio held the one-run lead until the seventh. Lucchesi caught a bad break to start the frame when Royce Bolinger's high popup in shallow left center fell between shortstop Javier Guerra and centerfielder Auston Bousfield for a double. Following a walk to Luke Tendler, Lucchesi (3-2) was lifted for righty Eric Yardley. The sidearmer would get the first out of the inning when Juremi Profar lined one to second baseman Noah Perio. However, any hopes of an escape for Yardley and the Missions were dashed when Aguilera belted a three-run homer to left. It was the first dinger allowed by Yardley in over a year.
The Missions had a great chance to turn the game around in the bottom of the eighth against the RoughRiders' pen. A Guerra walk and a Webster Rivas single opened the frame for San Antonio. Frisco went to the pen again, replacing Brady Feigl with Nick Gardewine. Following a pair of outs, Gardewine walked Ty France to load the bases. That brought up Nick Torres, whose pop up to third ended the threat.
Gardewine put the Missions away in the ninth to notch his third save.
San Antonio (20-15, 61-44) continues its four-game series with Frisco (15-20, 46-59) Saturday on Star Wars Night at The Wolff. The Missions will be wearing special C3PO themed jerseys that will be auctioned off with all the proceeds going to the Alzheimer's Association. Following the game there will be a fireworks spectacular featuring a light saber battle.
Notes: Prior to the game, lefty Brad Wieck rejoined the club from Triple-A El Paso.
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