Eighth-inning Rally Sparks Missions

By San Antonio Missions | July 5, 2017 11:08 PM ET

In a back-and-forth series opener Wednesday night at Wolff Stadium, San Antonio struck for two in the eighth to beat Arkansas 6-4.

Early on Wednesday, offense was at a premium, with San Antonio's Enyel De Los Santos and Arkansas' Brett Ash dealing effectively.

The Travs squeezed out the game's first run in the second on a Jeff Kobernus RBI groundout. San Antonio was quick to answer in its half against Ash, tying the game at one with an RBI double to right by catcher Webster Rivas.

Arkansas took a 2-1 lead in the third when Ian Miller tripled then later came home on a Seth Mejias-Brean sacrifice fly to left.

De Los Santos did a great job limiting the damage from there, keeping the Missions within one and allowing ample time for a comeback. The young right-hander did not allow a run over his final four innings, fanning six in the seven overall frames.

The San Antonio comeback occurred in the sixth, when Ash and reliever Peter Tago allowed three runs on two hits, three walks, a wild pitch and a hit batsman. 

Arkansas did not trail for long, plating a pair of unearned runs off reliever T.J. Weir (3-1) in the eighth.

The Missions quickly shook off the disappointment of the blown lead in its half of the eighth. Thyago Vieira entered for Tago and got into an immediate jam. After walking Ty France, Alberth Martinez hit a sharp comebacker that struck Vieira in the leg. His attempt to get France at second sailed high and into center field, allowing France to move up to third. Vieira (2-3) was forced to leave the game after the play. His replacement, Blake Perry could not rescue his injured teammate.

After striking out Fernando Perez for the first out, Perry allowed the Missions to take the lead for good when his wild pitch scored France and moved Martinez all the way to third. Rivas followed with a sacrifice fly to give San Antonio some breathing room.

Trey Wingenter worked around a two-out infield single in the ninth to notch his eighth save and secure San Antonio's league-leading 50th win of the season.

San Antonio (9-4, 50-33) resumes its three-game series with Arkansas (5-8, 37-46) Thursday on Mission Mitsubishi Dollar Night presented by News 4 San Antonio and Cox Media Group. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. Kyle Lloyd (7-4, 3.46) will be on the bump for the Missions, while the Travs counter with fellow righty Dylan Unsworth (6-6, 3.80).

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

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