The Riders struck first in the top of the third when Andy Jenkins hit a hard line drive into left field for a stand up double. Two batters later, Renny Osuna hit a sacrifice fly ball to right field which drove in Jenkins and made the score 1-0.
Osuna produced for the Riders again in the fifth when he executed a perfect bunt on a 3-2 pitch for a base hit. Osuna attempted to steal second, but Canham over threw second base committing the error, advancing Osuna to third. Right after, Marcus Lemon hit a line drive to center field that scored a run and put the Rough Riders up 2-0.
The Rough Riders had a man on base again in the sixth when Emerson Forstad ripped a fastball into far right field, extending the lead to 3-0.
The Missions began to rally in the seventh. With a man on first, the designated hitter Christian Colonel hit a high fly ball over the left field fence which scored two runs and brought the game within reach for the Missions.
“We definitely had our chances to come back late in the game,” said Missions manager Doug Dascenzo. “They just played better baseball than us tonight. Other than Colonel’s homer in the seventh we didn’t produce any offense and we paid for it.”
The eighth and ninth innings were scoreless which ended the game with a final score of 3-2. The Missions are three games back from Midland, making the next series a very important one for the Missions season.
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