HERMOSILLO 1, MAZATLAN 0 (GAME 3)
The game's lone run came in the eighth, when Alex Robles singled, went to second on a ground out, and scored on a two-out single by Luis Alfonso Cruz. Mazatlan had just four hits, all singles, but drew five walks. They stranded nine and were 0-for-7 with men in scoring position. Carlos Munoz was 1-for-2 with two walks. Matt Gage pitched six shutout innings, giving up no hits and three walks and striking out two. He threw 97 pitches.
Record: Mazatlan is 0-3 in the best-of-seven series.
Next game: Mazatlan hosts Hermosillo tonight.
The Gigantes did not play. They lead their best-of-seven series with the Estrellas 3-0. They are at the Estrellas tonight.
LARA, GAME 34
LARA 6, MARGARITA 3 IN MARGARITA
Osman Marval's three-run homer in the seventh gave Lara a 3-1 lead. They added two in the eighth and were not threatened. Yordanys Linares was 3-for-5 with a double. Ex-Twin Rene Reyes was 2-for-3. Marval was 2-for-5 with a double in addition to the home run, which was his second. Carlos Rivero was 2-for-5. Raul Rivero struck out five in five innings, giving up one run on four hits and three walks.
Stats: Cesar Puello was 1-for-5 and is batting .400. Rivero is batting .352. Linares is batting .327. Gorkys Hernandez was 0-for-2 and is batting .324. Ildemaro Vargas was 0-for-3 and is batting .320. Jose Tabata was 1-for-3 and is batting .308. Vicente Campos pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and has an ERA of 1.98. Yapson Gomez pitched a third of an inning and did not give up a run, so his ERA is 1.47. Pedro Rodriguez gave up a run in an inning and has an ERA of 2.77.
Record: Lara is 21-13, in first place in the Venezuelan League West, 2.5 games ahead of Magallanes.
Next game: Lara hosts Margarita tonight.
Their game with Manati last night was postponed. In fact, the rest of the series is listed as "postponed". This is apparently COVID-related. I don't know what's going to happen with the rest of this best-of-seven series. Mayaguez won the only game that's been played so far.
They did not play yesterday. They are scheduled to play Canberra this afternoon. They are 5-3, in third place behind Adelaide and Perth, but are in fact a half game ahead of them, as those teams have played just three games and are 2-1.