France Slam Keeps Win Streak Alive

By San Antonio Missions | May 7, 2018 11:53 PM

Ty France's walk-off grand slam in the ninth gave San Antonio a 5-4 win over Corpus Christi and another improbable comeback Monday night at Wolff Stadium.


Cal Quantrill got the start Monday looking to extend the Missions' season-high six-game win streak. The talented righty kept the Hooks off the board through two, striking out a pair in the process.


In the third, however, Corpus Christi would produce the game's first runs courtesy of Stephen Wrenn's two-RBI double to left.


Quantrill would regroup, putting up zeroes in each of the next two frames. Unfortunately, the Hooks went back on the attack in the sixth, opening up a four-run lead on consecutive RBI-singles from Randy Cesar and Nick Tanielu.


Most of the evening belonged to the Corpus Christi pitching staff. Starter Akeem Bostick allowed just five hits and two walks, while fanning six in four and a third scoreless innings before departing with an injury.


Bostick was followed by fellow righty Erasmo Pinales, whose only blemish was Michael Gettys' sacrifice fly in the eighth.


After Rowan Wick (2-1) kept the Hooks off the board in the top of the ninth, the Missions finally pieced together a rally in their final at bat.


Riley Ferrell began the frame by walking both Forrestt Allday and Fernando Tatis Jr. Ferrell was then lifted for southpaw Sean Stutzman, who surrendered Kyle Overstreet's walk-off slam Saturday night. Stutzman (2-3) got ahead of next batter Josh Naylor 1-2 before plunking the left fielder with a pitch to load the bases. That brought up France, who belted Stutzman's 2-0 pitch onto the berm in left giving San Antonio its seventh straight victory.


San Antonio (21-10) concludes its four-game series with Corpus Christi (17-14) on AARP's $2 Tuesday presented by KCWX. Miguel Diaz (1-1, 3.06) will take the hill for the Missions in Tuesday's finale, while the Hooks counter with fellow righty Yoanys Quiala (2-2, 5.96).

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

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