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Missions Win In Quantrill’s Debut

Photo: Grant Wickes

Fresh off his Futures Game appearance in Miami last week, Cal Quantrill made his Double-A debut last night in Frisco.  He’d get a no-decision after the Missions won a 9-7 marathon in the 13th inning.  In doing so, San Antonio (15-7) maintained the best record in the Texas League and completed the sweep of the RoughRiders (9-13).

Quantrill, who gave up four runs in 5.1 innings, did not look sharp, allowing ten hits and a pair of walks.  He missed early on with his fastball, but was able to escape unscathed through the third with the help of a few double play balls.  In the fourth, Frisco loaded the bases on three consecutive singles to lead off the frame, and were able to come away with two runs.  Quantrill, to his credit, was able to bear down and record two of his four strikeouts of the night to avoid further damage.

He stopped missing with his fastball (which reached 94 MPH) in the fifth and sixth innings, but gave up some hard contact, allowing a double followed by a single in each inning.  While he was able to mix his changeup and curve in well enough to fool a few hitters, he struggled to put them away, and was replaced by Yimmi Brasoban with one out in the sixth and a 4-3 deficit.  Brasoban would retire the RoughRiders without further incident.

The middle of the Missions lineup would play a big role in the victory, as the 3-4-5-6 hitters (Nick Schulz, Nick Torres, Josh Naylor, and Ty France) would go a combined 14 for 24 (.583) on the night.  Torres had a pair of RBI doubles, the second of which scored Schulz for the go-ahead run in the 13th (after he had reached on a double of his own).  Naylor (3 for 6 with a walk and a strikeout) also added his first Double-A home run, a two-run shot off Connor Sadzek, the Rangers’ no.10 prospect according to MLB.com.

Down 7-5 in the ninth inning, the Missions used singles by Schulz, Naylor, France, and Alberth Martinez to send the game into extra innings.  After taking the lead in the 13th, closer Trey Wingenter was called upon to close it out.  He wasn’t his usual sharp self, but after allowing a leadoff walk and a weak infield single, was able to gain his 11th save on a fielder’s choice and a game ending double play.  It’s worth noting that on the back end of the double play, Naylor, playing first base, made a spectacular stretch and was able to hold keep his foot on the base on for the final out.

Luis Urías, San Diego’s no.5 prospect, went 1-7 with a pair of strikeouts.  It was just his seventh multi-strikeout game of the season, and in all but one of those games, he had at least five plate appearances.  Missions relievers Kyle McGrath, Eric Yardley, and Aroni Nina threw a combined 5.1 shutout innings to bridge the gap between Brasoban and Wingenter.

The Missions travel back home and face the Midland RockHounds tonight at 6:05 CST, with Joey Lucchesi (2-0, 2.61 ERA) on the mound to face Casey Meisner (0-3, 8.78 ERA).