The San Antonio Missions ended their run in the Texas League falling just short of a championship, getting swept in the championship series by the Dodgers affiliate.
Tulsa Drillers 5, Missions 2
Key Stats: 3B Hudson Potts 2-4, 2B, R, K; CF Michael Gettys 2-3, RBI, SB, K; 2B Peter Van Gansen 1-3, HR; RF Buddy Reed 0-4, 3 K; LF Josh Naylor 1-4; SS Owen Miller 1-4, 2B; C Austin Allen 0-4, K; SP Jesse Scholtens 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 7 K; RP Travis Radke 1.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, K
Recap: Down two games to none and facing elimination in the Texas League championship, the Missions donned their Flying Chanclas gear to help muster a comeback. They turned to starter Jesse Scholtens, who was among the most consistent rotation pieces for San Antonio this year, sporting a 3.00 ERA and an 8.2 K/9 rate in 19 outings.
Tulsa struck first, as leadoff hitter Gavin Lux connected for a homer on the first pitch of the game, and back-to-back doubles in the second inning staked the Drillers to a 2-0 lead. San Antonio responded in the bottom half of the inning, as Hudson Potts doubled and came around to score on a Michael Gettys single. After Gettys stole second, he tried to score on a Scholtens single but was gunned down at home by the Tulsa right fielder.
A pair of errors by Gettys and shortstop Owen Miller led to an unearned run in the third, but a Peter Van Gansen solo dinger in the fifth cut the Tulsa lead to 3-2. Scholtens was pulled after five innings, and reliever Travis Radke threw a scoreless sixth before allowing back-to-back homers in the seventh. After getting two men aboard with no outs in the ninth, catcher Austin Allen flew out to right, and Potts grounded into a game-ending double play.
Other Notes: Despite the final outcome (and a costly error in the game), Miller turned in a pretty promising audition tape for Double-A going 9-for-30 in the postseason with a pair of doubles and a home run. Potts, his neighbor in the infield, turned around a rough second half in San Antonio and had three multi-hit games in the playoffs, hitting a pair of doubles and a round-tripper of his own.
Outfielder Buddy Reed went hitless in the series, though Reed played in just two of the games. He finished with 13 strikeouts in seven postseason games for San Antonio, though he also managed to draw six walks.
The Missions bullpen, which had been one of it’s greatest strengths in the regular season, had some weak moments in the playoffs, with Radke’s performance on Friday night and Andres Muñoz‘ rough outing on that led to a walk-off wild-pitch by Dauris Valdez on Wednesday.
As the player development relationship between the Padres and San Antonio comes to a close, San Diego will be in the hunt for a new Double-A affiliate. Amarillo, who will be getting a team in the Texas League as the Missions move to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, is a candidate along with a few teams from the Southern League.