A shining moment: Austin Allen brings fans to their feet

An almost incandescent blue-sky background provides the backdrop as San Antonio Missions catcher Austin Allen smashes a solo homer off Northwest Arkansas starter Emilio Ogando in the sixth inning Friday night.

Hoping to bounce back from a disappointing loss, the Missions will open a three-game home series Saturday night against the Arkansas Travelers.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Wolff Stadium.

Northwest Arkansas scored three runs in the first inning and held off San Antonio 3-2 Friday night.

With the victory, the Naturals snapped a five-game losing streak. They also stopped the Missions’ modest winning streak at three, handing ace lefthander Logan Allen the loss in the process.

Despite the setback, Allen leads the Texas League in victories (eight), earned run average (2.78) and strikeouts (102).

Missions catcher Austin Allen hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, giving him 16 for the season to tie for second in the league.

Outfielder Josh Naylor delivered with his league-leading 58th RBI on a single in the seventh, pulling the Missions to within 3-2.

But the Naturals held on to win, producing their only victory on a three-game trip to San Antonio.


San Antonio — 8-7 in the second half, 50-35 overall
Northwest Arkansas — 3-10, 38-45


Austin Allen and Logan Allen are not related. Austin Allen, 24, is from St. Louis. Logan Allen, 21, is from West Palm Beach, Fla.

San Antonio’s Josh Naylor takes the Texas League lead in RBI with 58 on a run-scoring single to left field against Northwest Arkansas.