San Antonio received a strong start from Brett Kennedy, but it was not enough as its sweep plans were halted by Northwest Arkansas in a 2-1 loss before a Saturday night Wolff Stadium crowd of 5,461.
Kennedy's night did not begin ideally as he got behind 1-0 in the first courtesy of a Frank Schwindel RBI single. The Naturals looked poised for a big frame, however, the Missions' right-hander held his ground, limiting the damage to just one.
An inning later, San Antonio's offense drew even against Christian Binford. Fernando Perez led off with a single into right. After Binford walked Alberth Martinez, River Stevens knocked Perez in when he sliced a single up the middle.
Both offenses stalled for awhile from there.
Kennedy settled into a groove, allowing just two hits and no runs over the next five innings. His replacement, Adam Cimber, who joined the club earlier in the day, took over for Kennedy in the seventh and fell victim to the speed of former big league Terrance Gore. The center fielder began the rally with a one-out double to right. After Gore swiped third, Cimber (0-1) hit catcher Allan de San Miguel with a pitch. That brought up Jack Lopez, whose bunt single scored Gore from third.
It turned out to be the final run of the night as Northwest Arkansas (3-6) pitching put on an impressive showing. Binford (1-0) combined with relievers Sam Selman and Evan Beal on a three-hitter. San Antonio was held hitless over the game's final seven innings.
San Antonio (6-3) continues its homestand Sunday with the first of three against the Arkansas Travelers (3-6). First pitch on Easter is set for 2:05 PM. Kyle Lloyd (2-0) will take the ball for the Missions in the opener, while the Travs counter with fellow righty Lindsey Caughel (0-1, 8.44).
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