Mazatlan Recap: Game Twenty-two

MAZATLAN 9, JALISCO 7 IN JALISCO

Batting stars:  Italo Mota was 3-for-5 with a triple.  Ramon Rios was 3-for-6 with a home run, a triple, a double, three RBIs, and two runs.  Anthony Giansanti was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.  Ricardo Valenzuela was 1-for-4 with a home run (his fourth), a walk, and two runs.

Pitching stars:  Gabino Avalos pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up two walks and striking out two.  Marco Antonio Rivas pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.  Juan Ramon Noriega pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks.  Ramon Espinosa pitched a perfect inning, striking out one.

Opposition stars:  Henry Urrutia was 2-for-3 with a double and two walks.  Japhet Amador was 2-for-5 with a home run (his fourth), a double, three RBIs, and two runs.  Manny Rodriguez was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs.  Amadeo Zazueta was 2-for-5 with a double.

The game:  Jalisco scored in the first inning when Rodriguez singled and scored from first on Amador's double.  Mazatlan came back with four in the second.  Giansanti led off the inning with a single and Valenzuela walked.  They both scored on a single-plus-error by Edson Garcia.  Mota singled to put men on first and third, a double play scored a run, and Rios homered to make it 4-1 Mazatlan.

Jalisco came back with five in the third.  With one out Carlos Figueroa and Zazueta singled, Rodriguez doubled home a run, an error made it 4-3, Urrutia had an RBI double to tie it, and Dariel Alvarez delivered a two-run single to make it 6-4 Jalisco.

The scoring continued in the fourth.  Garcia reached on an error, but the next two men grounded out, leaving him on third with two down.  But Rios tripled and Isaac Paredes doubled, tying the score 6-6.  In the fifth, Valenzuela homered to put Mazatlan up 7-6.  Garcia walked and Mota singled, putting men on first and third.  Figueroa then singled and Rios doubled, making it 9-6 Mazatlan.

Jalisco got two walks in the seventh, but did not score again until Amador homered in the ninth.  They got the tying run on base, putting two on with two out, but a ground out ended the game.

WP:  Avalos (1-0).  LP:  Dario Gardea (0-2).  S:  Jesus Pirela (2).

Notes:  Figueroa was 1-for-5 and is batting .455.  Mota is batting .421.  Paredes was 1-for-3 with two walks and is batting .381.  Carlos Munoz was 1-for-4 and is batting .321.

Despite his batting average, this is the first time Mota has started all year.  I don't know why.

Matt Gage started for Mazatlan.  He pitched 2.2 innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits and no walks and striking out two.

Jose Oyervides started for Jalisco.  He pitched 3.2 innings, giving up six runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks and striking out one.

The game took four hours and three minutes to play.

Record:  Mazatlan is 8-14, tied for eighth place, 8.5 games behind Obregon.

Next game:  Mazatlan hosts Los Mochis tonight.

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