Manager Phillip Wellman and his Missions return to the friendly confines of Nelson Wolff Stadium for the first time in over a week after suffering through a very forgettable road trip in which they dropped four out of their last six games in Springfield and Tulsa.
Tuesday night’s 8-3 win against the Drillers snapped a four-game skid for the Missions, who will open a quick four-game set with Midland beginning Thursday night in San Antonio before embarking on another eight-game road jaunt.
The Missions scored a season-high in runs while snapping a four-game losing streak on Tuesday as Diego Goris homered and drove in four in the win, collecting two hits in the process.
Auston Bousfield had a pair of hits, walked twice, and scored a pair of runs in support of Bryan Rodriguez (2-0).
Rodriguez allowed only two runs – only one earned – in his five innings of work. The right-hander was winless at the same juncture in four starts last April while posting a gaudy 8.60 ERA.
The Missions sit at the bottom of the heap entering Thursday night’s game in total runs and had been shutout twice in three previous games.
San Antonio erased a one-run deficit by scoring twice in the sixth before adding four more runs in the following inning.
Right hander Cesar Vargas (0-0, 1.42), who has yet to record a victory despite two stellar outings in which he has surrendered only two earned runs in 12 2/3 innings over his two starts will take the mound for the Missions (5-7).
RHP Daniel Mengden, the Texas League’s top statistical pitcher (0-0, .000) will get the start for Midland (7-5).
NOTES: Missions reliever Eric Yardley was elevated to Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday.
By Mark Caul