MEXICALI 3, MAZATLAN 1 IN MAZATLAN
Batting stars: Edson Garcia was 2-for-3 with a double. Carlos Munoz was 2-for-4.
Pitching stars: Marco Antonio Duarte pitched five innings, giving up one run on five hits and three walks and striking out four. Ivan Zavala struck out two in a perfect inning. Alejandro Soto pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk and striking out one.
Opposition stars: Miguel Pena pitched six innings, giving up one run on five hits and three walks and striking out none. Luis Juarez was 2-for-3 with a home run (his second) and a walk. Eric Aguilera was 2-for-4 with a double. Fabricio Macias was 2-for-4. Edgar Gomez pitched a perfect inning and struck out one. Greg Mahle pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit. Jake Sanchez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.
The game: It was scoreless until the fourth. Ricardo Valenzuela walked, went to second on a ground out, and scored on Chris Roberson's single to put Mazatlan up 1-0.
That was as good as it got, though. Mexicali tied it in the next half-inning. Macias singled, stole second, and scored on a pair of wild pitches to make it 1-1. In the seventh, Javier Salazar walked and Juarez hit a two-run homer to make it 3-1 Mexicali.
And that was it. Mazatlan got a man on in each of the last two innings, bringing the tying run to the plate, but each time a double play ended the inning.
WP: Pena (1-0). LP: Roman Pena (0-2). S: Sanchez (2).
Notes: Munoz raised his average to .333.
Duarte's ERA is 1.17. Zavala's ERA is 2.57.
Mazatlan has now lost four consecutive games.
Record: Mazatlan is 5-10, tied for seventh with Guasave.
Next game: Mazatlan again hosts Mexicali (4-11) tonight.