LOS MOCHIS 9, MAZATLAN 8 IN LOS MOCHIS
Batting stars: None. That sounds strange, that you could score eight runs with no batting stars, but Mazatlan hit no home runs and had no one with more than one hit and one walk.
Pitching stars: None.
Opposition stars: Josuan Hernandez was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, three runs, and three RBIs. Isaac Rodriguez Salazar was 3-for-5 with a double and three runs. Eddy Martinez was 3-for-5 with a double. Carlos Soto was 2-for-3. Esteban Quiroz was 2-for-4 with a grand slam, a double, and six RBIs. Hector Soto pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.
The game: Los Mochis scored in the first inning, as Salazar led off with a double, went to third on a ground out, and scored on a sacrifice fly. It went to 2-0 in the third when Hernandez and Quiroz hit back-to-back doubles.
Mazatlan got on the board in the fourth when Edson Garcia walked and scored on an error. They tied it in the fifth when Ramon Rios doubled and scored on a Diego Madero single. But Los Mochis got the lead right back in the bottom of the fifth when Salazar singled and Hernandez hit a two-run homer, making it 4-2 Los Mochis.
Mazatlan tied it back up in the sixth. Garcia doubled and Anthony Giansanti walked. A bunt moved the runners to second and third, a fielder's choice scored one, and a sacrifice fly made it 4-4. They took the lead in the seventh. Chris Roberson reached on an error, and with two out singles by Giansanti and Carlos Munoz brought home the tie-breaking run. A wild pitch scored another to make it 6-4. It went to 8-4 in the top of the eighth. Issmael Salas doubled and scored on a Ricardo Valenzuela single. An error moved Valenzuela to third, and a sacrifice fly brought him home.
Then came the bottom of the eighth. Saul Soto walked and Juan Camacho singled. With one out, Salazar singled to load the bases. Hernandez was hit by a pitch to make it 8-5, and Quiroz hit a grand slam to put Los Mochis ahead 9-8.
Mazatlan went down in order in the ninth and went down to defeat.
WP: Vidal Sotelo (1-0). LP: Ivan Zavala (0-1). S: Jose Quezada (1).
Notes: Ignacio Marrujo started for Mazatlan. He went 3.1 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk and striking out one. Jonas Garibay started for Los Mochis. He went five innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks and striking out one.
Record: Mazatlan was 1-2.
LOS MOCHIS 7, MAZATLAN 5 IN LOS MOCHIS
Batting stars: Ricky Alvarez was 2-for-4 with two doubles. Anthony Giansanti was 1-for-3 with two walks.
Pitching stars: Marco Antonio Rivas pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one. Ryan Newell struck out two in a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.
Opposition stars: Eddy Martinez was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and two runs. Amilcar Gomez was 3-for-4. Esteban Quiroz was 2-for-4 with a home run, his second. Leandro Castro was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his second. Adrian Hernandez pitched two shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks and striking out one. Juan Gomez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.
The game: Los Mochis jumped out to the lead early. With two out, Quiroz homered, Martinez singled, and Castro homered, giving Los Mochis a 3-0 lead. In the second, again with two out, Gomez and Isaac Rodriguez Salazar singled and Josuan Hernandez hit a two-run triple to make it 5-0.
Mazatlan got back into the game in the third. Diego Madero walked and Chris Roberson was hit by a pitch. Edson Garcia then delivered an RBI single, Giansanti followed with another RBI single, and a run scored on a ground out to cut the margin to 5-3. Los Mochis got one run back in the bottom of the third when Martinez homered, making it 6-3. It stayed there until the sixth, when Saul Soto homered to make it 7-3.
Mazatlan got back into the game in the eighth. Giansanti walked, Carlos Munoz singled, and Ricky Alvarez hit an RBI double. A sacrifice fly made it 7-5. That was as much as Mazatlan could do, however, as they managed only a walk for the rest of the game and went down 7-5.
WP: Rafael Ordaz (1-0). LP: Carlos Felix (0-1). S: Juan Gamez (2).
Notes: The decisions went to the starters. Ordaz pitched five innings, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks and striking out none. Felix pitched 1.2 innings, allowing five runs on six hits and no walks and striking out one.
The attendance at the game was 493. I have no idea what average attendance is at a Mexican League game. I also have no idea how many fans they're actually allowing into the games.
Record: Mazatlan is 1-3, tied for seventh place, three games behind Obregon.
Next game: Mazatlan comes home to play Navajoa on Tuesday.