Bombers bullpen digs hole in 8-6 deficit to San Antonio
San Antonio’s Kade Fletcher, right, steals second base as the throw comes into Brazos Valley’s Daniel Altman on Friday at Edible Field. Brazos Valley’s Ryan Snell hits an RBI double against San Antonio at Edible Field in Bryan on Friday. Brazos Valley's Joseph Menefee delivers a pitch against San Antonio at Edible Field in Bryan on Friday. Brazos Valley's Grayson Tatrow is tagged out at second base by San Antonio's Zac Vooletich on Friday at Edible Field in Bryan. A shaky Brazos Valley bullpen couldn’t continue a solid start by Texas A&M’s Joseph Menefee, leading to an 8-6 loss to the first-place San Antonio Chanclas on Friday in Texas Collegiate League play at Edible Park. Menefee, a left-handed A&M junior, mowed through the Chanclas for three innings in his third start of the season, striking out seven and allowing one run on one hit, a solo home run. He threw 56 pitches, 35 for strikes. Menefee has worked primarily out of the bullpen for A&M and served as a late-inning reliever and closer last season. Brazos Valley opened the scoring in the second inning on Ryan Snell’s looping fly ball double that fell just short of a diving San Antonio center fielder Ian Bailey. Third baseman Troy Viola, who reached by getting hit by a pitch, scored on the hit. The lead was short-lived thanks to a solo home run by Ian Bailey off Menefee in the top of the third. A&M outfielder Rody Barker got the Chanclas’ next rally started with a leadoff double in the fifth off Temple College’s Jack Bentley, who relieved Menefee in the fourth. San Antonio used a single, walk and two wild pitches to help score three runs for a 4-1 lead. First baseman Brandon Broughton hit another leadoff double in the top of the sixth to start the Chanclas’ four-run inning. Four batters later, nine-hole hitter Kade Fletcher lined a three-run home run to left for an 8-1 lead.