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07/02/2004 Archived Entry: "Mexican League News: 3 Teams Advanced to 2nd Round"
By Carlos Fragoso
The first three teams to advance to second round are Saltillo, Mexico City Devils and Puebla Tigers who left their opponent teams on the road.
Vicente Verdugo had a 3 RBI game, to lead Salltillo to a 5-3 victory over Laguna, and Ignacio Flores tossed an 8 innings solid performance with the help and save of closer Hipolito Pichardo.
Saltillo, a team who always participate in final series, but never got a championships after 30 plus years in the league, is tagged as the favorite to win this year.
In Yucatan, former big leaguer Jose Silva, performed well in a 5 innings work, to lead the devils to a final and decisive game over Lions 10-3, supported in Ray Martinez 4 RBI´s, with a HR, and let the Lions ready for next season.
Alejandro Carrasco, took the loss.
In Puebla, Tigers used as many as 8 pitchers to get this important victory, and take on the Warriors 10-7, after rallying 8 times in the 5 th inning.Baudel Zambrano the winner, and Josmir Romero the loser.
In another games, Puebla Parrotts, get closer to eliminate Aguascalientes, and battled over 11 inning to defeat them 3-2.
A walk off RBI double by Lorenzo Buelna , drove Darrell Sherman in in the bottom of the 11, and Armando Valdez (12 wins in the season), as reliever took the win, for Aguasclientes, Pete Rose Jr, drove the Railmen only two runs with a one man on HR....
In Tijuana, Pablo Joel Ochoa tossed an hermetic pitching, a complete game against Toros, and OF Edgar Quintero went 4-3, with a HR and 5 RBI´s, to lead the Sultans to an advantage over Tijuana, 3-2 in the series.
Edgar Escobedo lost by Toros, and Luis Landaeta scored the only run wit a HR,
Campeche 5-1 over Tabasco to take a lead of 3-1 in the series, supported on Javier de la Hoya, 7 innings game, allowing 4 hits, no runs and 7 K´s.
Vinicio Gonzalez the loser for Tabasco, and Carlos Sievers scored their only run through a HR.
The way the things are today, Tijuana is in advantage to become the "lucky loser", since they have 2 wins vs Tabasco who has only one, and they need to win tonight and tied Toros for that position, otherwise, no matter what the results of next Saltillo-Toros game will be, they both will advance to second round play offs.
Tijuana fans deserves to see their team playing, because they´ve been very supportive to the tema, showing sell out games in each of every game palyed at Toro´s Stadium.
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Second round series wil start on Tuesday July 6th, when Red Devils will host Oaxaca in Mexico City,and Pirates will host Tigers in Campeche, as per the south division is concern.
In the North, Parrots will play Tijuana Toros in Puebla, and Monterrey Sultans will visit Sarape Makers team in hometown Saltillo.
Posted by Carlos Fragoso @ 07/04/2004 09:46 AM EST
8 Teams already classified to second round are, in he North, Saltillo,Puebla Parrotts, Monterrey and Tijuana who advances in as "lucky loser".
In the south,Mexico City,Puebla Tigers, Campeche Pirates and Oaxaca as "Lucky loser", over Tbasco who were defeated yesterday by Campeche, with Narciso Elvira winning in retaliation of first game of the series when he was beaten by Olmecas and now losing pitcher Jesus "Chito" Rios, 5-3.
Posted by Carlos Fragoso @ 07/03/2004 10:02 AM EST