Some good, close games. A Daryle Ward sighting.
GUASAVE 2, CULIACAN 1 IN GUASAVE
Culiacan: Ali Solis (Tampa Bay) was 1-for-2 with a double. Luis Suarez was 1-for-4 with a double. Rodrigo Lopez pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on three hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
Guasave: Japhet Amador (Houston) was 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run homer, his second. Zelous Wheeler (Yankees) was 1-for-3 with a double and a run. Marco Tovar struck out seven in six innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits and three walks.
The game: Amador's two-run homer in the fifth gave Guasave a 2-0 lead. Culiacan's lone run came in the sixth on an RBI single by Luis Cruz. Culiacan got the tying run to third with two out in the seventh.
MEXICALI 3, MAZATLAN 1 IN MEXICALI
Mazatlan: Henry Mateo was 2-for-4 with a run. Horacio Ramirez struck out seven in 5.2 innings, giving up one run on five hits and one walk.
Mexicali: Russell Branyan was 1-for-4 with a home run, his eighth. Ricky Alvarez was 2-for-4 with two doubles. Javier Martinez pitched 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
The game: A sacrifice fly put Mexicali on the board in the second inning. It stayed 1-0 until the eighth, when Branyan led off with a homer and Xorge Carrillo (Mets) singled in a run. Mazatlan's lone run scored in the ninth, and they did get the tying run up to bat.
HERMOSILLO 5, NAVOJOA 2 IN HERMOSILLO
Navojoa: Jon Weber was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Jose Chavez was 1-for-3 with a walk. Eddie Gamboa pitched 6.1 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and no walks with four strikeouts.
Hermosillo: Jerry Owens was 3-for-4 with a double and a run. Daryle Ward (remember him?) was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. Edgar Gonzalez pitched five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
The game: RBI singles by Carlos Gastelum and Luis Garcia put Hermosillo up 2-0 in the first. Weber's two-run double tied it in the fifth. It stayed tied until the seventh, when Jose Aguilar homered to give Hermosillo a 3-2 lead. Ward's two-run homer in the ninth put the game away.
LOS MOCHIS 6, OBREGON 3 IN LOS MOCHIS
Obregon: Agustin Murillo was 2-for-3 with a double and a home run (his sixth), scoring twice. Iker Franco was 3-for-3. Dan Robertson (San Diego)was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run.
Los Mochis: Sandy Madera was 4-for-4 with a double and two home runs (his third and fourth), scoring three times and driving in three. Brian Burgamy was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer, his twelfth. Thomas Melgarejo pitched 6.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
The game: Murillo homered in the first to give Obregon the lead, but Burgamy hit a three-run shot in the bottom of the first to give Los Mochis a 3-1 advantage. Obregon twice got within one, cutting the lead to 3-2 in the fourth and to 4-3 in the eighth, but Madera's two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth put the game out of reach.