Missions lose sloppy game
Jon Ellis
Jon Ellis
MadFriars.com
Posted May 26, 2008
Denis Savage


SAN ANTONIO, TX- On a night that saw the 100-millionth fan in Texas League history since announced attendance was introduced in 1922 cross the Nelson Wolff Stadium threshold, the San Antonio Missions lost to the Arkansas Travelers 4-3 on an unearned run in a game marred by fundamental mistakes.

“How wonderful that it works out that this is how it occurred,” Texas League president Tom Kayser said of the most storied franchise in league history. “One more accomplishment for the storied and remarkable Texas League.”

A bunt single by Adam Greenberg became much bigger when Seth Johnston sailed the throw down the right field line. A sacrifice bunt moved Greenberg to third base. Michael Collins punched the ball between first and second against a drawn in infield to put Arkansas up 4-3, ending Greg Burke’s 22-inning scoreless streak.

“A bad, bad game,” San Antonio manager Bill Masse said. “Bad effort. Bad concentration. Bad focus.

“Burke threw the ball well, but you just make stupid mistakes. It is baseball 101 mistakes we are making. This is Double-A baseball. These guys are one step away from going to the major leagues. It is unacceptable."

Drew Macias notched a two-out single and Mike Baxter punched one up the middle on a 3-2 count to put men on the corners in the bottom of the 10th. Chad Huffman came to the dish and lined out to center to end the contest.

Throwing over six times did nothing to prevent a Drew Macias stolen base. Macias was caught between first and second after it appeared Chad Huffman missed a hit-and-run sign. During the rundown, he eluded a tag and made it into second safely. The official tally was a stolen base.

It was a moot point when Huffman walked and Craig Cooper lined a double into the left-centerfield alley to score both runners and put San Antonio up 2-0 in the bottom half of the first.

Ben Johnson took one back a half inning later, sending a 3-1 fastball over the wall in left-center – a good 380-feet from home. Corey Smith cracked one to nearly the same place in the next at-bat, taking a 2-2 pitch over the wall – five feet to the right of where Johnson’s shot went.

Macias added a sacrifice fly in the second inning to put the Missions back on top.

Arkansas loaded the bases on an error, a fielder’s choice and an infield single before Garrison walked the next batter to tie the score at 3-3.

Jon Ellis relieved Garrison and struck out the next two batters to keep the score tied. Garrison went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk while striking out five.

“I feel like I can throw my slider for a strike whenever I need to,” Ellis said. “A 2-0 count, if I need to get one over, the slider is a good pitch to throw.

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