SAN ANTONIO – Entering Saturday night on a two-game losing skid, the San Antonio Missions turned to Jackson Wolf in hopes of getting back to their winning ways. His Double-A debut did not go according to plan, however, as he allowed six runs on four hits across five innings of work. Trailing by six runs in the ninth inning, the Missions battled back with four runs and nearly tied the game. The Springfield Cardinals ended the comeback effort to clinch an 8-6 victory.
Steven Matz was the starting pitcher for the Springfield Cardinals as he continued his rehab assignment. San Antonio jumped on the eight-year MLB veteran and scored twice in the top of the first inning. Connor Hollis doubled to start the ballgame and Tirso Ornelas drew a walk. After retiring Domingo Leyba, Yorman Rodriguez hit a single and scored Hollis. Juan Fernandez drove in Ornelas with a ground out to shortstop. San Antonio took a 2-0 lead.
Jackson Wolf was the starting pitcher for the Missions and he was making his Double-A debut. The southpaw nearly allowed a run in the bottom half of the first inning. Wolf issued a walk to the leadoff batter Justin Toerner. A passed ball from Webster Rivas allowed him to reach second base with no outs. Wolf struck out two of the next three batters and left Toerner stranded at third base.
San Antonio had a chance to improve their lead in the second inning. Kelvin Melean, leading off the inning, reached second base on a fielding error by Matt Koperniak. Joshua Mears singled and Melean advanced to third base. Matz, who reached his pitch limit at 35, was replaced by Kyle Leahy. Ripken Reyes attempted a sacrifice bunt, but popped out instead. Hollis ended the inning by grounding into a double play.
Springfield utilized the long ball to take the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Errol Robinson began the inning with a base hit followed by an Irving Lopez hit by pitch. The Cardinals executed a double steal and both runners advanced into scoring position. On a full count, Toerner hit a 409-foot home run to right field. His sixth homer of the season made it a 3-2 Cardinals lead.
Springfield added their fourth run of the game in the fourth inning. Brady Whalen began the inning with a base hit before stealing second base. After striking out Nick Raposo, Whalen came in to score courtesy of two errors from Fernandez. Fernandez was initially charged with a fielding error before being…