The scoring started early when Blake Tekotte reached base with a ground-ball single to right, and then Andy Parrino slammed a line drive to center field for a stand up double, which scored Tekotte. Matt Clark continued the hitting with a sacrifice fly to center field, which brought in Parrino and made the score 2-0. The Rough Riders got one run back in the second inning when Andy Jenkins popped a pitch up to center field with men on the corners to allow Joey Butler to score from third.
After a few scoreless innings, the Rough Riders were able to load the bases with two outs. After what looked like a wild pitch from Hefner was ruled as a pass ball on Luis Martinez the game was knotted at 2-2.
“I felt like I pitched well tonight,” said Hefner. “I had one pitch get away from me in the sixth, but other than that I found my fastball early and it was working. They’re an aggressive team that hits well so I was throwing sliders and changeups to keep them guessing.”
Misfortune struck the Rough Riders in the seventh when the Missions managed to put two men in scoring position. Ryan Tatusko stumbled on his wind up and committed a balk which scored the go ahead run for the Missions. The next batter, Martinez, hit a sacrifice fly to center, which scored another run and extended their lead 4-2.
Brandon Gomes came into the game in the ninth to close out the game for the Missions with the final score of 4-2. The Missions improve to (46-49) and are two games up in this series with the Rough Riders.
“We played the kind of baseball we need to at home,” said Missions manager Doug Dascenzo. “Our pitching was spot on and we had good timely hitting that kept us ahead throughout the game. We’ll come out tomorrow and hopefully close this series down and look to carry that momentum into the series with Midland.”
The Missions have one more home game against the Rough Riders tomorrow at Nelson Wolff Stadium. This series is important for the Missions to gain the confidence needed to catch Midland in the Texas League South.