A monstrous, go-ahead, two-run homer by Franmil Reyes in the bottom of the eighth lifted San Antonio to a much-needed 7-5 comeback win over Frisco Sunday night at Wolff Stadium.
The Missions, desperate to avoid a sweep, appeared headed that way for much of Sunday's finale. Right-hander Enyel De Los Santos got behind 3-0 early after surrendering a pair of long balls, a Luke Tendler solo shot in the second and an Andy Ibanez two-run dinger in the third.
San Antonio got one of the runs back in its half of the third against righty Pedro Payano thanks to an Auston Bousfield RBI-single to right center.
However, the offense stalled after the third as Payano rolled through the middle innings without allowing a hit. Frisco grew its lead to 5-1 against De Los Santos after an Ibanez sacrifice fly in the fifth and Royce Bolinger's run-scoring groundout an inning later.
Payano was lifted after six and with his team leading by four certainly looked headed for a win. However, the call to the bullpen turned the game around.
The Missions began the seventh against right-hander Connor Sadzeck with a Josh Naylor walk and a Ty France single. Sadzeck seemed poised to end the threat when Noah Perio followed by bouncing into a double play. That brought up Reyes, who kept the inning alive and drove in Naylor with a bloop single to left. After a Nick Torres single, Sadzeck would walk Alberth Martinez to load the bases. Auston Bousfield made the score 5-3 when he followed with an infield single. Control would then cost Sadzeck again as a free pass to Javier Guerra brought the Missions to within one. Frisco went to the pen again, summoning lefty Ryne Slack, who promptly walked Webster Rivas, which tied the game at five.
After reliever Aroni Nina (2-2) kept the 'Riders off the board in the top of the eighth, San Antonio went back on the attack in its half. With France on second and one out, Frisco replaced Slack (2-1) with righty Cody Palmquist. The Missions would complete their exhilarating comeback two pitches later when Reyes belted one deep onto the berm in left that sent a Wolff crowd of 4,759 into a frenzy.
Brad Wieck made sure the lead held in the ninth by retiring the side in order for his sixth save.
San Antonio (21-16, 62-45) resumes its seven-game homestand Monday with the first of three against Corpus Christi (18-19, 52-55). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. Brett Kennedy (10-5, 3.62) will get the ball for the Missions, while the Hooks counter with fellow righty Brock Dykxhoorn (3-4, 4.10). Mondays are Family Nights at The Wolff, where fans can get four box seats for just $24 at the Missions' box office with a receipt from H-E-B.
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