Missions lock in on victory

Walker Lockett’s first start at Wolff Stadium will be one to remember.

The Missions righthander tossed a four-hitter during a career-high eight-inning performance in a 5-0 victory over Midland Sunday.

Lockett’s showing enabled the Missions to win the four-game series and move within four games of the Texas League South Division second-half leader.

Lockett (1-1), making his second Double-A appearance, did not walk a batter and struck out six with 63 of his 91 pitches finding the zone.

Catcher Ryan Miller helped his battery mate in more ways than one. In addition to providing support behind the plate, he unloaded at three-run home run in the second.

Two more runs crossed the plate in the fourth with Gabriel Quintana’s solo shot and a groundout.

Quintana also had the game-winning homer in Friday’s 3-2 extra-inning win.

The Missions, who blew a four-run lead in the eighth to drop Thursday’s opener, got on a roll with back-to-back 3-2 walk-off wins. Quintana had the solo blast in Friday’s 10-inning game while scoring the winning run in Saturday’s 11-inning encounter on Rocky Gale’s single.

This time the Missions didn’t have to worry about working overtime because of the pitching, After Lockett did his work, Tayron Guerrero overcame a one-out double to complete the shutout.

San Antonio resumes its homestand with a three-game series against Corpus Christi, beginning Monday.

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