Missions loses fourth game in a row against RoughRiders
Missions loses fourth game in a row against RoughRiders

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A difficult performance by Victor Lizarraga, the Padres’ promising young player, was too much for the Missions, as they lost 5-2 to the Frisco RoughRiders on Thursday night at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium.

Although Lizarraga had a respectable 2.81 ERA in his last ten appearances, he ran into trouble early and slumped in his final inning, losing the fourth game to Frisco.

In the opening inning, Frisco right fielder Josh Hatcher scored the game’s first run after reaching first base on a fielder’s decision, allowing Liam Hicks to score. In the following at-bat, Keyber Rodriguez hit an RBI single to left field, bringing home Cody Freeman.

San Antonio answered in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI single by Padres No. 11 prospect Brandon Valenzuela, bringing in Clay Dungan to make it 2-1.

In the third inning, the Missions tied the game at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly by Dungan, allowing lead-off hitter Ripken Reyes to score.

After a scoreless fourth inning, the RoughRiders extended their lead by three runs in the fifth inning.

A walk by Lizarraga with the bases loaded allowed Hicks to homer. In the next at-bat, Freeman hit a ground ball that led to a double play, enough for RoughRiders center fielder Daniel Mateo to homer. He followed that with an RBI double by Hatcher that scored left fielder Aaron Zavala and put Frisco ahead, 5-2.

The Missions had chances to win the game, but couldn’t deliver at the crucial moment. San Antonio finished the game with seven runners on base and managed two of eight runs with runners in scoring position.

The Missions’ series finale against the RoughRiders is scheduled for Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium.