A four-run sixth inning was too much to overcome as San Antonio dropped a 5-1 decision to Frisco in the opener of a four-game series at Wolff Stadium.
A Thursday night Wolff crowd of 4,859 got its first glimpse of top pitching prospect Cal Quantrill, who was making just his third start at the Double-A level.
Quantrill was sharp early on, allowing just an unearned run in the fourth and only three hits overall through his first five innings. However, in the sixth, still trailing 1-0, the talented righty ran into trouble. Frisco would take advantage of a second San Antonio fielding error early frame to push its lead to 2-0. Following the error, Royce Bolinger made the Missions pay, taking Quantrill's first pitch over the wall in left to make the score 4-0. The two-run blast was Bolinger's ninth of the season. The Roughriders tacked on a final run later in the inning on a Juremi Profar RBI-single to left, which ended the night for Quantrill (0-2). The former Stanford University star allowed just three earned runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out four over five and two-third innings.
The Missions finally solved Quantrill's mound opponent, Ariel Jurado, in the bottom of the sixth with Nick Torres' RBI-single down the left-field line. Unfortunately for San Antonio, it turned out to be the only blemish for Jurado (8-8), who surrendered just three hits and three walks, while punching out five over seven impressive innings.
Relievers Reed Garrett and Ricardo Rodriguez each put up scoreless frames to cap off the Frisco victory.
T.J. Weir was terrific out of the pen for the Missions, tossing three and a third scoreless innings of three-hit ball.
San Antonio (20-14, 61-43) resumes its four-game series with Frisco (14-20, 45-59) Friday at 7:05 PM. The first 2,000 fans to enter The Wolff will receive a FREE Replica Ron Santo Missions Camo Jersey courtesy of McCombs Ford West. Southpaw Joey Lucchesi (3-1, 2.19) will get the ball for the Missions, while the 'Riders counter with righty Tyler Davis (1-1, 3.00).
Notes: Earlier in the day, lefty Kyle McGrath was promoted to San Diego. McGrath was 1-1 with a 2.66 ERA in 20 appearances this season for the Missions.
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