A swinging bunt that landed between the pitcher and the first baseman on the initial pitch of the game off Matt Buschmann ended his bid for a no-hitter. Buschmann promptly picked the runner off first.
Five San Antonio hits led to four runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Jose Lobaton and Jon Schemmel opened up the frame with singles to left field. Drew Macias followed with a 1-0 triple into the right-centerfield gap on a fastball to drive both runs home.
“Trying to cut through the wind is tough in this park,” said Macias. “I feel like I am playing a park that is 600 feet. They are playing in it too so it goes both ways.”
Brett Dowdy took a 3-2 fastball and lined one just right of center to score Macias, staking the Missions to a 3-0 lead. Dowdy went on to steal second base. A 2-2 double off the bat of Chad Huffman pushed Dowdy across the plate.
Josh Alley took a 3-2 pitch and drove it into the left-center gap to score Kyle Blanks – who was running with the pitch, putting the Missions up by a nickel.
After a Matt Buschmann walk in the fifth, Craig Cooper misplayed an Adam Greenberg fly ball down the line to put runners in the corners with one out.
After Cooper misplayed the ball in right, he fired the ball to third base to try and catch the runner advancing. It was a close call and the umpire ruled the runner safe. Manager Bill Masse came out to argue the call, as third baseman Seth Johnston and Buschmann were incensed by the call.
“He was out,” said Masse. “(The umpire) was professional about it. I think he knew he was out.”
After that play, a single to left brought home the first Arkansas run. A balk put both men in scoring position and a sacrifice fly brought home the second run.
Buschmann lasted six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk while fanning five.
“Buschmann has been pitching well,” Macias said. “He has been keeping us in the game.”
“I need to be an efficient pitcher that pitches down in the zone,” said Buschmann. “The last couple of outings I have done a much better job and am not picking at the zone.”
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