Whether they’re called Missions or Flying Chanclas, the San Antonio Double-A squad is finding ways to win.
That was the case Friday night as the Missions rode the clutch hitting of Peter Van Gansen to extend their winning streak to 10 with a 5-4 victory over Frisco Friday night at Wolff Stadium.
Throughout the streak, the Missions have had different players come through with big hits such as Kyle Overstreet and Ty France, who had walk-off grand slams. Van Gansen didn’t go deep, nor did he end the game with his heroics.
However, missing a home run was about the only thing Van Gansen didn’t do. His single, double and triple played a factor in the Missions’ scoring, including what turned out to be the game-winning run in the sixth.
Jerry Keel (2-0) had his challenges, surrendering 10 hits and four runs. However, he left with the lead after 6 1/3 innings and relievers Eric Yardley, Brad Wieck and Jose Castillo were perfect the rest of the way.
The Missions got in an early hole with Jose Trevino’s two-run homer putting Frisco in front. The RoughRiders had a chance to push San Antonio deeper after beginning the second with back-to-back singles. However, Keel used a double play and fly out to keep the score at 2-0.
In the bottom of the inning, his teammates tied the score with help from Frisco pitcher Brett Martin.
The RoughRiders hurler walked two batters and allowed Michael Gettys to reach safely after mishandling his bunt.
Van Gansen then tied the score by ripping a two-run single to right.
Frisco regained the lead in the third with Correlle Prime’s double and the Missions came back in the fourth. This time, they took the lead.
Van Gansen started the two-run rally with a double to right and scored on Auston Bosfield’s triple. A groundout enabled Bosfield to come home with the go-ahead run.
Once again, the tie ended quickly. Like the previous time, the Missions took the lead with a run in the sixth when Van Gansen laced a triple to right and scored on a groundout.
Frisco was in a position to either tie or gain the edge in the seventh when Eliezer Alvarez and Hunter Cole delivered one out singles.
Eric Yardley replaced Keel and was set to face Trevino. However, Frisco manager Joe Mikulik called on Chuck Moorman to pinch-hit. The strategy backfired as Moorman grounded into a double play.
That was Frisco’s last chance to take charge.