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06/28/2004 Archived Entry: "Mexican League News: Play Off First Results"
By Carlos Fragoso
After having played the first two games of Mexican League Play Offs, Saltillo is leading series 2-0 over Laguna Cowboys, as well as Puebla over Aguascalientes and Tigers over Oaxaca.
Tijuana and Monterrey, Mexico City and Yucatan are all tied with one victory.
In Puebla, the Parrots defeated Auascalientes twice, with identical 3-2 scores, and also identical errors by Rontrez Johnson, to lead the local team to a coming from behind victory.
There was good pitching from both sides, in the first game played in Saturday Pablo Ortega and Francisco Rivera, performed well, while for the second game Ravelo Manzanillo for Puebla and Antonio Alvarez, did his part, and Puebla needed Many Aybar to pick up the save.
Bobby Lara went 4-3 for Aguascalientes.
In Saltillo, host team got two importants wins, 11-3 on saturday with strong pitching by winner Steve Bourgeois, and the help of 4 HRīs by Nick Garcia (5-3, 3RBI), Manuel Velez (2RBI) and solo shots by Noe Muņoz and Morgan Burkhart.
For the second game, Rafael Diaz, picked up the win, 10-4, counting with the support of Noe Muņoz who droved 3 runs in, and went 3-3.
In Oaxaca, Tigers had two conforting wins, because they will return home with confortable leading position, by winning 5-4 on saturday, with winner Jorge Campillo in the mound, and Rafael Roque going in the second game, with the help of Oscar Bustillos (winner) beating the Warriors 10-9.
Supporting the victory were Matias Carrillo and Adan Muņoz,who drove 3 runs each.
In Mexico City, red devils and Yucatan split victories, having the Lions hitting first on Saturday 9-8, with a 2RBI home run in the 8th by catcher Said Gutierrez,Isabel Giron in relief taking the win, and likewise relief pitcher David Dominguez,the loss.
Pedro Castellano (MXC), and Juan Carlos Canizales also homered..
For the second game, red devils coming from behind got an important win 4-3,counting on strong relief performance by winner Mauricio Tequida ,a Dodgers farmhand.Edwin Hurtado the loser.
In Monterrey, local team and Tijuana shared victories, having Sultans taking in the first, by a score of 10-3, thanks to a 6 runs rally in the 6th , in support to pitcher Pablo Joel Ochoa.Jake Meyer took the loss.
2B, Miguel Flores, got a 3 runs HR, and Daniel Fornes aso homered by Sultans.
For the second game, a 3 runs shot by Venezuelan Luis Landaeta (5-3) in the 9th, untied the game in favor of the Toros, and winning pitcher David Cortes.Julio Parra, the loser.
Finally yesterday in Campeche, series have started after one day rain delayed, and veteran Jesus "Chito" Rios, shutout Pirates 10-0, with only 6 hits allowed, and supported by longball hitting by Raul Rodarte who have wore almost every jersey this season,Carlos Sievers,Juan Jose Robles and Julian Yan.
Today, they will play, while the rest of teams are traveling.
NEWS AND HIGLIGHTS:
Dodgers thorugh his scout Mike Brito, is interested on Frank Campos, who belongs to White Sox, and as per his comments, he deserves a chance to pitch in the big leagues.By the way Campos a converted catcher used to play with with Astros Organization in the early 90īs.
Mike also, likes IF Oscar Robles of Red Devils.
It was known, that Pete Rose visited Mexico, to see his son Pete Jr. playing for the Railmen.
Replies: 2 comments
Certainly Francisco is in his best time as pitcher, and out of contention as far the mexican league is concern, however, he comes short to get the mexican pacific triple crown, when Pablo Ortega his teammate posted a 9-1 record to get a beter W-L average than Campos who posted a 10-2 record, anyway it was a "photo finish" in this race, showing that Campos is in his best momentum.
Posted by Carlos Fragoso @ 07/04/2004 09:57 AM EST
In my opinion, Francisco Campos, after two back-to-back triple crowns in Mexico, has gained a chance to play in MLB!
Posted by Vincenzo Russo (Italy) @ 06/29/2004 02:55 AM EST