San Antonio Missions win streak update: The Missions were rained out today in Tulsa. No makeup game will be played.
Minor League Highlights for Wednesday, May 7
Colorado Springs 3, Tacoma 1. The Rainiers were held to just one run for the second straight game, though their pitching was good enough this time out to keep the game close. RHP Brian Falkenborg started (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) and took his first loss of the season, but didn’t pitch badly considering the ballpark. Perhaps most encouraging was RHP Allan Simpson (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K), who didn’t pitch well at all to start the season but has managed to lower his ERA to 4.11 and now has 19 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings. 2B/CF Chad Meyers — yes, he pulled an in-game Craig Biggio — was the top offensive performer with three hits, two steals and a run scored. 1B Andy Barkett also had two hits.
San Antonio 5, Tulsa 4 (10 innings). The Missions finally played a close game and actually trailed 4-2 after six innings, but scored two in the 7th to tie and one more in the 10th to notch their 18th straight win. RHP Josue Matos pitched 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball to pick up the win (3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) in relief of RHP Rett Johnson (5 2/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K), and RHP Jared Hoerman worked the bottom of the 10th for his 9th save of the year (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K). C Jim Horner, DH John Lindsey and red-hot LF Jaime Bubela — take that, Chad Tracy! — each had two hits for the Missions, including two doubles for Bubela. RF Elpidio Guzman led off the 10th with a single, moved to third on a Horner single, then scored the winning run on a Lindsey single.
High Desert 1, Inland Empire 0. The 66ers were held to just four hits in the game, making a hard-luck loser of LHP Troy Cate (6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), who certainly pitched well enough to win. RF Shin-soo Choo had two of the club’s four hits, both singles, and also stole his 5th base of the year. 2B/SS Ismael Castro tripled but was stranded at third base, as the 66ers were 1-15 in the game with runners on base including eight strikeouts. LHP Ryan Ketchner — it’s about freaking time! — gets the start today as the two teams square off again.
Lansing 4, Wisconsin 0. Wisconsin has hit the skids ever since their eight-game winning streak, losing five of their last six and falling to 14-16 on the season. LHP Beau Hintz had yet another ineffective start (4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), falling to 0-4 on the year with nearly unfathomable 8.39 ERA. The Timber Rattlers weren’t any better on offense, managing just five hits, all singles. 2B Tim Merritt had two of the five in his four at-bats. RHP Juan Sandoval gets the start for Wisconsin today as the team tries to avoid a four-game sweep.