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Missions End Father’s Day with Walk-off Homer 

June 19, 2022

SAN ANTONIO – With dads, kids, and dogs all in attendance for Father’s Day, the San Antonio Missions played an instant classic. After taking a 4-1 lead, Amarillo battled back in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game. Amarillo stranded two runners in the ninth inning, leaving the

SAN ANTONIO – With dads, kids, and dogs all in attendance for Father’s Day, the San Antonio Missions played an instant classic. After taking a 4-1 lead, Amarillo battled back in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game. Amarillo stranded two runners in the ninth inning, leaving the door open for the Missions. On the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning, Connor Kaiser hit a walk-off home run for a Missions 5-4 victory.

It was a rematch of the game one pitching matchup as Thomas Eshelman got the start for the Missions against Slade Cecconi for the Sod Poodles. Eshelman made quick work of the Amarillo hitters in the first inning. The Missions offense was not so kind to Cecconi in the first inning.

San Antonio plated three runs on three hits against the Amarillo right-hander. Korry Howell began the inning with a single and advanced to second base on a ground out. After Domingo Leyba was hit by a pitch, Yorman Rodriguez drove in Howell with a single to center field. Juan Fernandez drove in Leyba and Rodriguez after he hit a double to left field. The Missions took an early 3-0 lead.

Amarillo scored their first run of the game in the top of the second inning. Ti’Quan Forbes started off the inning with a base hit and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Juan Centeno singled and advanced Forbes to third base. Forbes came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Nick Dalesandro. Missions held a 3-1 advantage.

The Missions added an insurance run in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs in the inning, Rodriguez hit a single to extend the inning. Following a walk to Tirso Ornelas, Fernandez drove in his third run of the game with a single to right field. Missions improved their lead to 4-1.

After not allowing a run for three consecutive innings, Eshelman surrendered two runs on three hits in the top of the sixth inning. Eduardo Diaz got things started with a one-out double. Leandro Cedeno connected on a two-run home run over the right field wall. His 13th long ball of the season cut the Missions lead to 4-3.

Amarillo continued their comeback and tied the game in the top of the seventh inning. Elvis Peralta reached base with a one-out single. He quickly came around after the next batter, Drew Stankiewicz, hit a double down the left field line. The game was tied, 4-4.

During the top of the seventh inning, Missions catcher Yorman Rodriguez appeared to be bothered by the heat and was removed from the game. Chandler Seagle took over as the Missions catcher.

San Antonio had a chance to regain the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. Leyba drew a one-out against Cecconi and Seagle laced a single into center field. Mack Lemieux came on to pitch and allowed a single to Ornelas. On the play, Leyba rounded third and attempted to score the go-ahead run. He was thrown out at home by Amarillo right fielder Roby Enriquez.

Amarillo threatened to take the lead in the top of the ninth inning. Facing Carlos Belen, Enriquez hit a lead-off double. Elvis Peralta attempted a sacrifice bunt but popped it up to Belen on the mound. After a fly out, the Missions chose to intentionally walk Corbin Carroll to place two runners on with two outs. Eduardo Diaz flew out to end the inning.

Junior Garcia came on to pitch for Amarillo in the bottom of the ninth inning. On the first pitch of the inning, Connor Kaiser launched a fly ball onto the left-field berm for a walk-off home run. It was the first walk-off homer from a Missions player since Ty France on May 7th, 2018. Kaiser’s fourth long ball of the year clinched a 5-4 Missions win and their seventh series victory of 2022.

Post-Game Notes

  • With the win, San Antonio improves to 34-27 on the season
  • 5th Walk-off win this season
  • First Walk-off home run since Ty France (May 7th, 2018)
  • Korry Howell (#13 Padres prospect): 1-4, R, 2 K
  • Kevin Kopps (#14 Padres prospect): DNP
  • Reggie Lawson (#17 Padres prospect): DNP
  • Tirso Ornelas (#23 Padres prospect): 2-3, BB

The San Antonio Missions will have the day off on Monday before hitting the road for a six-game series against the Wichita Wind Surge beginning on Tuesday, June 21st. The pitching matchups have not yet been announced. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Riverfront Stadium.

The San Antonio Missions are the Double-A affiliate for the San Diego Padres. This is the 120th professional season for the San Antonio Missions. Single game tickets are available now and can be purchased online or at the 1st Base Box Office. Season seat memberships are available now. For more information call 210-675-PARK (7275) or visit samissions.com.