Midland advanced to its fourth straight Texas League Championship Series following a 4-1 win over San Antonio Sunday evening at Wolff Stadium.
Following a frustrating loss in Midland Saturday night, the Missions were hoping for a strong start in Game 5. Instead it was the visitors who were early to strike. Midland took advantage of an error on a potential double play ball to score the first of two runs against right-hander Jacob Nix.
Catcher Sean Murphy extended the lead to 3-0 in the second with a one-out, solo homer to right. It was Murphy's second home run of the series. Though his outing did not get off to an ideal start, Nix quickly settled down, retiring his next 12 batters.
Nix's mound opponent, Joel Seddon, was very sharp early on, firing three perfect innings to begin his night. Seddon finally made a mistake in the fourth when Fernando Tatis Jr. took his first pitch over the wall in right.
Seddon (2-0) allowed just one more hit, Webster Rivas' line-drive single to left in the fifth. However the Rivas knock was quickly erased when Seddon got Auston Bousfield to bang into an inning-ending double play.
Unfortunately, for the Missions, their offensive struggles continued against the RockHounds' bullpen. Brandon Mann, Tyler Sturdevant and Kyle Finnegan (1stsave) combined on four perfect innings of relief.
Nix (0-1) pitched well in defeat, allowing just three runs (two earned) on four hits and no walks, while striking out five over seven innings.
Midland will face Tulsa in the TLCS beginning Tuesday at Security Bank Ballpark in Midland, TX.
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