Bruce Baskin / Latin Insider
B a s e b a l l M e x i c o
January 10, 2 0 1 6
JUAREZ DELIVERS WALKOFF SINGLE IN MEXICALI's SEMI-OPENING WIN
Unheralded Luis Juarez (pictured) was the man of the hour in Mexicali by stroking a two-out, bases-loaded single to drive in the winning run as the Aguilas overcame an early 6-0 deficit to post a stunning 7-6 walkoff win over the Navojoa Mayos in Game 1 of their Mexican Pacific League semifinal series as 17,000 fans looked on in La Nida in Mexicali. Despite starting an hour later than the Aguilas-Mayos game, Obregon's 4-1 Game 1 win in Mazatlan was concluded 15 minutes earlier.
MEXICALI 7-14-0, Navojoa 6-8-2
W-Caridad. L-C. Bustamante (0-1). T-3:56. A-17,000.
The Mayos plated three runs in the top of the fourth as Jesus Castillo drilled a two-run single up the middle to open the game's scoring. Jose Amador's RBI double and Victor Mendoza's run-scoring single paced a three-run fifth to make it a 6-0 Navojoa lead.
The Aguilas finally broke through in the seventh, sending ten men up to bat and scoring five runs off five relievers to make it a 6-5 deficit as Chris Roberson poked a two-run single to right with two out. After a scoreless eighth, the Aguilas completed the comeback when DH Luis Juarez lined a two-out, bases-loaded single to left that sent Yuniesky Betancourt scampering home with the winning run in the ninth.
Esmailin Calidad pitched a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to get credit for the Mazatlan win. Mayos starter Jose Oyervides was dominant over six scoreless innings, striking out nine Aguilas batters, but the bullpen failed him. Carlos Bustamante's line on the ninth inning: 0.2 innings, 3 hits, 2 walks, 2 earned runs and the loss...not exactly "postcard to home" material. Roberson had two hits, two ribbies and scored a run for the Eagles while Nate Tenbrink and Fernando Flores each had two hits for the Mayos.
Game 2 is Monday night in Mexicali.
OBREGON 4-6-0, Mazatlan 1-4-1
W-A. Lopez (1-0). L-Alej. Soto (1-1). T-2:46. A-14,287.
Jeremias Pineda led off the top of the first with a double and came around to score on Agustin Murillo's ground-out to give the Venados an early lead. The Yaquis came back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, including a two-out, three-run homer to left by Carlos Valencia off MexPac ERA champ Alejandro Soto, who'd sailed through his first three scoreless innings. Soto lasted two more entradas but the damage was done.
After his rocky start, Obregon starter Arturo Lopez settled down and tossed five scoreless innings before being pulled with one out in the seventh. Justin Greene finished with three hits and a run for the Yaquis, who outhit the Venados a 6-4 margin.
Game 2 is Monday night in Mazatlan.