A lengthy fourth-inning rally was the difference during San Antonio's 4-1 loss to Arkansas Sunday afternoon at Wolff Stadium.
On the hill for the Missions in Easter Sunday's series opener was ace right-hander Kyle Lloyd, who had not allowed a run through his first two 2017 starts. The Sacramento, CA native looked sharp as usual early on, allowing just one hit and striking out four over the first three innings.
However, Lloyd (2-1) lost his command in the fourth, laboring through a 36-pitch frame in which he walked four and allowed the Travs to plate three runs.
Arkansas upped its lead to 4-0 in the seventh against reliever Brad Wieck when Ryan Casteel knocked in Ian Miller from third with a single to right.
The four runs were more than enough for the Arkansas pitching trio of Lindsey Caughel (1-1), Blake Perry and Zac Curtis (1st save), who combined to limit San Antonio to just six hits on the afternoon.
The Missions spoiled the shutout bid in the eighth when they plated an unearned run off Perry. Luis Urias and Stephen McGee each collected multi-hit games for San Antonio in defeat.
San Antonio (6-4) resumes its three-game series against Arkansas (4-6) Monday on Math Day with a special 11:05 AM start. Cesar Vargas (0-1, 7.94) will take the hill for the Missions, while the Travs counter with fellow righty Andrew Moore (0-0, 0.00).
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