SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Missions entered Sunday’s game with a chance to split the series against the Springfield Cardinals. With the help of a career best performance from Brandon Komar, as well as some timely offense, the Missions came out victorious. Komar punched out eight batters while allowing one run in 5.2 innings of work. His eight strikeouts are a new career high. Yorman Rodriguez hit a solo home run while the Missions scored three runs across the third and fourth innings. The Sunday evening final score was 4-1.
Edgar Escobar was the starting pitcher for the Springfield Cardinals. After retiring the first six Missions hitters, San Antonio put things together and took the lead in the third inning. Jorge Ona and Tyler Malone began the inning with back-to-back singles. Ripken Reyes loaded the bases after reaching base on a bunt single. Connor Hollis drew a walk which allowed Ona to score the game’s first run. Ethan Skender grounded into a double play and Malone was able to score the second run of the game. San Antonio gained a 2-0 advantage.
Brandon Komar was the starting pitcher for the San Antonio Missions. After two uneventful innings, the Cardinals had a chance to cut into the deficit in the third inning. Irving Lopez started off the inning with a base hit. After recording the first out, Masyn Winn reached base on a fielder’s choice with Lopez out at second base. Winn advanced to second on a missed catch error from Yorman Rodriguez. Brady Whalen drew a walk to put two runners on base with two outs. Komar struck out Matt Koperniak to end the inning.
San Antonio added their third run of the game in the top of the fourth inning. Kelvin Melean singled to start the inning. Escobar retired Joshua Mears before issuing a walk to Ona. Malone drove in Melean with a base hit to right field.
Springfield scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Komar began the inning and allowed a single to Koperniak. The right-hander struck out the next two batters before being replaced by Fred Schlichtholz. The southpaw threw a wild pitch which allowed Koperniak to advance into scoring position. Chandler Redmond drove him in with a single to left field. Springfield trailed 3-1.
Komar set a new career high with eight strikeouts on Sunday evening. He recorded the win after allowing one run on four hits while issuing three walks.
The Missions used the long ball to…