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Mazatlan Recap: Games Three and Four

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.

Mazatlan Recap: Game Two

LOS MOCHIS 5, MAZATLAN 4 IN LOS MOCHIS

Batting star:  Chris Roberson was 3-for-5.

Pitching stars:  Edgar Torres pitched six innings, giving up one run on six hits and three walks and striking out four.  Marco Antonio Rivas retired all five men he faced, striking out two.

Opposition stars:  Josuan Hernandez was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Esteban Quiroz was 2-for-4.  Santiago Gutierrez pitched five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks and striking out three.  Irving Machuca pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up a walk.  Juan Gamez pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk.

The game:  It was scoreless until the fifth.  Mazatlan got on the board first, as Issmael Salas singled, an error put men on first and third, and Ricardo Valenzuela singled home a run.  A sacrifice fly made it 2-0 and Roberson's RBI single made it 3-0 Mazatlan.

Leandro Castro homered for Los Mochis in the sixth to make it 3-1.  Los Mochis took the lead in the seventh.  Rodolfo Amador walked, Juan Camacho singled, and a wild pitch brought home a run to make it 3-2.  A hit batsman and an error loaded the bases.  Josuan Hernandez' infield single tied the game, and Quiroz delivered a two-run single to put Los Mochis ahead 5-3.

Mazatlan had a chance in the eighth.  Edson Garcia singled, Anthony Giansanti hit a one-out single, and Ricky Alvarez' RBI single made it 5-4.  A hit batsman loaded the bases, but Ramon Rios hit into a double play to end the inning.  They got the tying run into scoring position in the ninth, but a force out and a line out ended the game.

WP:  Fabian Cota (1-0).  LP:  Felipe Arredondo (0-1).  S:  Gamez (1).

Notes:  All nine Mazatlan hits were singles.

Salas is batting .500.  Valenzuela is batting .333.  Roberson is batting .300.

For some reason, this time the temperature was listed in Fahrenheit.  It was 92, with a wind at nine miles perhour.

Record:  Mazatlan is 1-1, tied for third, one game behind Hermosillo and Obregon.

Next game:  Mazatlan is again at Los Mochis tonight.

Mazatlan Recap: Game One

Winter baseball has started, with the Mexican League the first league to begin play.  I have done lots of things in covering the Mexican League, from doing recaps of every game to doing nothing at all.

I would love to do recaps of every game again, but I simply don't have time for that.  But I don't like doing nothing at all, either.  So I thought, this year, I would try following one team from each winter league.  The team will be selected by random.org.  For the Mexican League, it is the Venados de Mazatlan.

I come into this knowing nothing about that team, so I'll be learning along with you.  That is, if anyone actually reads these recaps.  The season started last night, so here we go.

MAZATLAN 5, LOS MOCHIS 2 AT LOS MOCHIS

Batting star:  Issmael Salas was 2-for-3 with a walk.

Pitching stars:  Francisco Rios struck out five in five shutout innings, giving up two hits and three walks.  Ivan Zavala pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.

Opposition stars:  Eddy Martinez was 2-for-4.  Adrian Hernandez struck out six in 2.1 perfect innings.  Erubiel Armenta pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one walk.

The game:  Mazatlan started the scoring in the second.  Ricky Alvarez and Salas singled and Ramon Rios was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with none out.  A wild pitch brought home the first run.  Ricardo Valenzuela singled home the second run, and an error brought home a third, giving Mazatlan a 3-0 lead.  Mazatlan added a run in the fourth.  With one out, Alvarez walked and went to second on a wild pitch.  Salas singled him to third, and a force out brought him home to make it 4-0.  It went to 5-0 in the fifth.  Carlos Munoz and Anthony Giansanti walked, a ground out moved them to second and third, and Rios hit a sacrifice fly to bring home the run.

Los Mochis got on the board in the seventh.  Walks to Leandro Castro and Saul Soto put men on first and second with one out.  Carlos Soto then singled home a run.  They added one more in the ninth.  With two out Saul Soto singled, Fernando Inzunza walked, and Juan Uriarte singled, making the score 5-2.  A hit batsman loaded the bases and brought the winning run up to bat, but Josuan Hernandez struck out to end the game.

WP:  Rios (1-0).  LP:  Daniel Duarte (0-1).  S:  Ryan Newell (1).

Notes:  Newell faced two batters, hitting the first one but striking out the second to end the game.

Looking at the box score, it appears that the Mexican League does not have a three-batter minimum rule.  They may have a mound visit rule, though, because the play-by-play always notes mound visits.

Mazatlan used eight pitchers, six of them in the last three innings.

It was 32 degrees in Los Mochis, with a 21 mile-an-hour wind.  I don't know whether they're allowing fans, but it would not have been a pleasant night to be at the old ball park.  Unless that's 32 Celsius, of course, in which case it would've been about 90 degrees fahrenheit.  And, as I look at it, that's probably the case, as the forecast for Los Mochis today is a high of 103.  That's not very pleasant, either, but I could handle 90 degrees for baseball a lot better than 32.

Next game:  Mazatlan plays Los Mochis again tonight.

Record:  Mazatlan is 1-0, tied for first with Monterrey, Hermosillo, Obregon, and Guasave.

For some reason, it is not easy to find the Mexican League standings.

Off-Season’s Greetings: The Wrap-up

A listing of how our Twins lads fared in winter leagues.  I'm listing batters with at least thirty at-bats and pitchers with at least ten innings.  Batters are listed in order of OPS and pitchers are listed in order of ERA.

BATTERS

Kennys Vargas (Aguilas, Dominican and Mayaguez, Puerto RIcan):  .245/.394/.480 in 102 at-bats.
Logan Wade (Brisbane, Australian):  .282/.333/.523  in 149 at-bats.
Willians Astudillo (Anzoategui, Venezuelan):  .329/.371/.477 in 222 at-bats.
Gregorio Petit (Caracas, Venezuelan):  .299/.359/.449 in 107 at-bats.
Aaron Whitefield (Brisbane, Australian):  .292/.364/.425 in 106 at-bats.
Brock Stassi (Jalisco, Mexican):  .234/.387/.364 in 107 at-bats.
Leonardo Reginatto (Margarita, Venezuelan):  .285/.326/.331 in 172 at-bats.
Jermaine Curtis (Hermosillo, Mexican):  .161/.278/.226 in 31 at-bats.

PITCHERS

Tyler Kinley (Licey, Dominican):  2-1, 0.47, 0.84 WHIP in 19 innings.
Adalberto Mejia (Gigantes, Dominican):  2-0, 3.43, 1.33 WHIP in 21 innings.
Anderson Munoz (Zulia, Venezuelan):  1-0, 3.45, 1.34 WHIP in 15.2 innings.
Anthony Marzi (Margarita, Venezuelan):  0-2, 4.32, 1.41 WHIP in 33.2 innings.
Omar Bencomo (Margarita, Venezuelan):  5-7, 4.42, 1.51 WHIP in 75.1 innings.

This concludes our winter league coverage for this year.  Hope you enjoyed it.  It looks like minor league seasons begin April 5.  God willing, we'll be there to cover them.