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San Antonio – The Missions overcame an eight-run deficit and rallied to tie the game but Corpus Christi scored twice in the ninth to defeat San Antonio 11-9 Wednesday afternoon at Wolff Stadium.
San Antonio trailed 9-1 heading in to the bottom of the fifth but Edinson Rincon's third home run of the season, a solo shot, made it 9-2.
The Missions continued to chip away at the Hooks lead in the following inning as they got to within four after an RBI double from Nate Freiman, an RBI single by Jonathan Galvez and a bases loaded walk by Jeudy Valdez. With the bags still full, Ali Solis hit the first pitch he saw from Corpus reliever Josh Zeid over the fence in left to tie the game at 9-9. It was Solis' third homer of the season and San Antonio's first grand slam of the year.
The Missions had a chance to take the lead in the eighth as they loaded the bases once again, but failed to get a run in. The Hooks scored both of their runs in their half of the ninth with two outs.
The fourth and final game of the series and the home stand is tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Corpus right-hander Jake Buchanan (1-2, 4.75 ERA) will start for the Hooks and lefty Mark Hardy, just called up from Class-A Lake Elsinore, takes the hill for the Missions.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions
Inland Empire 10 – Lake Elsinore Storm 2
Lake Elsinore, CA To put it simply, the Storm got manhandled. Chris Franklin was called up from extended and made his 1st appearance of the year. His ERA now stands at 54.00. By the time the top of the 8th ended a fairly close 4-1 game turned into a 10-1 blowout.
Cory Spangenberg's 11 game hitstreak was snapped going 0-4. Liriano had another multidouble game, his 2nd in 3 games. While the Storm did manage 10 hits, they were scattered over nearly every inning, and were not able to draw a walk.
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 5 – Lansing Lugnuts 3
Lansing, MI With his team trailing 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning, and with two outs and strikes against him, Lee Orr rocketed an Ajay Meyer fastball off the batter's eye in center field for a three-run home run, propelling the Fort Wayne TinCaps to a 5-3 win over the Lansing Lugnuts on Wednesday night.
The scoring started early for Fort Wayne (19-21) as the TinCaps put up two runs in the third inning. Lansing starter Jesse Hernandez surrendered a leadoff walk to Clark Murphy to begin the inning, and Donavan Tate followed with a single. Both runners advanced one extra base on a fielding error by left fielder Kevin Pillar. With runners at second and third Travis Whitmore grounded out, allowing Murphy to score from third and making it 1-0 Fort Wayne. Mike Gallic later singled Tate home, extending the advantage to 2-0.
Fort Wayne starter Matt Wisler retired the first six batters he faced, and saw the minimum nine over the first three innings. He faltered in the fourth, though, as Andy Burns knocked in a run with a double to left. In the fifth, the Lugnuts scored again, as K.C. Hobson singled to center and scored Kevin Pillar. The game was tied at two at the end of five innings, at which point Wisler departed. The righty gave up five hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out four.
In the sixth, Yordany Ramirez entered the game for the TinCaps and allowed a home run to Burns over the wall in right, putting Lansing (27-12), which holds the league's best record, in the lead by a 3-2 margin. In the seventh and eighth innings, Fort Wayne went down in order.
Ajay Meyer, whose 12 saves are the best in the circuit, entered the game in the ninth trying to secure the win for Lansing. Meyer (1-1) struck out Gallic, but then walked Duanel Jones and Austin Hedges. Kyle Gaedele fanned, and the TinCaps were down to their final out. Orr stood in, playing in just his third game of the year for Fort Wayne, and with a two-strike count, hit a home run to straight away center field that gave the TinCaps a 5-3 lead.
Matt Stites pitched the bottom of the ninth, earning his fourth save in five tries. Fort Wayne has now won three consecutive games and also snapped Lansing's four-game winning streak.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.