"Yeah, the conditions are tough, but there are two teams playing," said Steve Buechele, Frisco's manager. "It's the hand you are dealt, so you have to find a way to win."
In their last eight games against the RoughRiders, the Missions have scored a grand total of ten runs.
Starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner went six strong innings allowing only a single run while striking out six against only three walks. He nearly got out of the fifth inning without allowing the run when Frisco's third baseman Renny Osuna hit an 0-2 pitch to right-center to bring home the run.
The Missions flailed all night at the plate and were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Even when the team was able to put together three straight singles to open the bottom of the sixth inning they were still only able to squeeze one run out of the inning as the wind allowed two drives by catcher Mitch Canham and second baseman Jesus Lopez to stay in the air long enough to be caught.
In the top of the 12th, the Rough Riders had runners on first and third with one out but Scribner was able to get out of the inning with a weak fly to second and a ground out to shortstop.
What is scary is the performances by Hefner and the bullpen have been fairly typical in the past few weeks for San Antonio. In the last ten games, the Missions have allowed three runs or less and the starters have a combined ERA of 1.39.
In the top of the 13th, the RoughRiders finally broke through when right fielder Joey Butler opened with a ground rule double. The next batter singled followed by another single by DH Emerson Frostad that broke the tie.
Things got worse when Canham was ruled to have interfered with the batter which loaded the bases. Bryan Oland, the fourth Missions relief pitcher of the night, then walked in a run to make it 3-1.
In the bottom of frame, San Antonio made it interesting as third baseman Christian Colonel lined to left for a single and right fielder Kellen Kulbacki's seeing eye single took a bad hop off of the second baseman's glove to put runners on first and third. Canham then singled to bring home Colonel to make it 3-2. Sawyer Carroll pinch hit for Lopez but struck out with runners on first and second to end the game.
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