Location: Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium (San Antonio, TX)
Series: San Antonio up 1-0
Starting Pitchers: Ben Snyder (0-0 0.00 ERA; 11-5 3.87 ERA regular season w/ Frisco) vs. Simon Castro (0-0 0.00 ERA; 5-6 4.33 ERA regular season w/ San Antonio)
Season Record vs. San Antonio: 13-20
Missions Take Game One in Pitching Duel: The stage was set on Wednesday for a terrific possible pitching matchup and the two teams lived up to those expectations with flying colors. Joe Wieland navigated his way through 7 outstanding innings for the Missions, while Robbie Ross set a career high for strikeouts in the start. Together the two went head to head as well as any pitching matchup this season. In the end, however, it was one mistake by Robbie Ross that nailed the coffin closed and literately just one mistake. Frisco fell 3-0 to the Missions with all 3 runs coming in the 6th inning or later.
Ross Outstanding for Frisco: Robbie Ross was as good as any pitcher in the Texas League down the stretch and on Wednesday he was no different. Ross struggled with command at times as he walked 4 batters in a start for the first time all year. In fact, in his 6 starts for Frisco prior to the start, Ross had only walked 5 batters combined. Ross did, however, strikeout a career best 12 batters and gave up just 1 hit, a RBI double to Cody Decker, over 6 strong innings. Ross went pitch for pitch against former teammate and good friend Joe Wieland in the start until one mistake gave San Antonio the lead and the momentum. Ross made 107 pitches, 63 of which were for strikes.
Strikeouts Galore: Pitching was definitely the story in the first game of the playoffs between the two best teams in the Texas League this season. And the best way to tell was the amount of strikeouts that took place in Nelson Wolff Stadium. There were nine players that struck out 2 times or more in the game, including two with 3 strikeouts. Frisco's Tommy Mendonca and San Antonio's Ali Solis were a combined 0 for 7 with 6 strikeouts in the game. The only starters who did not strikeout in the game were Renny Osuna, Mitch Hilligoss, Mike Bianucci, Jared Bolden, Blake Tekotte, and Dean Anna. There were only 6 combined hits in the game as well and for the majority of the game Frisco led in hits.
Snyder Brings Road Record to San Antonio: Ben Snyder takes the mound for Frisco tonight and with him will be his 7-0 record with a 1.96 ERA away from Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Obviously statistics from the regular season mean nothing at this point, however, it should still be watched for. Snyder has pitched considerably better on the road than at home and he pitched especially good down the stretch for the Riders. Snyder has won three consecutive starts as well, including an August 23rd start against the Missions where he gave up 2 runs (1 earned) over 6 innings. Snyder has made 147 pitches over his last 14 innings picking up two victories against the Midland Rockhounds and the Corpus Christi Hooks on the road.
Yan extends First Pitch Streak and Ends it: Johan Yan extended his first pitch strike streak to 23 batters on Wednesday before throwing a first pitch ball to Sawyer Carroll in the 8th inning.
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- By Michael Damman