Missions ride Luebke's strong outing
Cory Luebke
Cory Luebke
Posted Jun 8, 2010

San Antonio, TX: The San Antonio Missions took on the visiting Springfield Cardinals on a hot and humid day in San Antonio, Texas. After splitting the first two games of the series, the Missions were trying to get back to .500 and maintain a winning record.

Throughout the first four innings, the score remained tied at 0-0. Cory Luebke found his rhythm after a rough first, retiring nine batters in a row by the end of the fourth inning. Both teams made good contact, but good defense and strong pitching resulted in short innings and no runs.

“I started out shaky in the first,” Luebke said. “I found a good rhythm and pitch by pitch I really started feeling it. I stuck to my fastball and it was working for me tonight.”

Luebke ended up yielding just one hit over six innings while walking three, lowering his ERA for the year from 1.46 to 0.98.

A spark of offense came from the Missions in the bottom of the fifth. Michael Collins slammed a line drive into center field, and after a failed diving attempt by Daryl Jones, Collins rounded the bases for a stand up triple. Yefri Carvajal chopped a high flying blooper over the second baseman’s head scoring Collins and the first run of the night for the Missions.

“I was very excited to get called up for today’s game,” said Carvajal. “The pitcher gave me a changeup pitch away and I connected with it.”

Hitting continued for the Missions in the bottom of the seventh, as Cedric Hunter popped a high fly ball over left fielder Adron Chambers, scoring Mitch Canham and Andy Parrino andextending the Missions lead to 3-0. Both teams made pitching changes at the top of the seventh which lead to a scoreless inning.

Craig Italiano came in to close the game out in the ninth attempting to earn the third shutout in the last six games at Wolff stadium. A strong defensive stand in the ninth by the Missions got them a win at home and the desired shutout. With this win, the Missions have won five of their last six series. The Missions start the next series at Frisco facing the number one ranked Rough Riders.

“Frisco is definitely the series of the half,” said Dascenzo. “Winning this series gives us a lot of confidence going into Frisco. The more games you win, the better the moral will be throughout the team.”

Related Stories
Padres Prospect Interview: Yefri Carvajal
 -by MadFriars.com  Jun 5, 2010
Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-2-10
 -by MadFriars.com  Jun 2, 2010
Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-31-10
 -by MadFriars.com  May 31, 2010

> Members-only Forums
> Insider Information
> MiLB &
   MLB Draft News
> Expert Chats

Sign Up Today!

Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from MadFriars.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
OF Yefri Carvajal (profile)
P Cory Luebke (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Baseball > Ohio State > Alumni
Baseball > San Antonio
Baseball > San Diego
Baseball > San Diego
[View My HotList]