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08/03/2004 Archived Entry: "Mexican League News :Final Series; Campeche Won again, Ruben Rivera the Heroe"
By Carlos Fragoso
Another Miracled Victory by Pirates over Saltillo, 5-4
Campeche seemed to be the team of destiny,this year and get closer to get their second title of Mexican League,when yesterday led by the hand of Panamanian Rubenm Rivera ,who I said is playing enormous baseball ,hit a game winning HR once again, as he did in the second game, to gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead in the series, which could come to an end tonight if they can repeat, what happened last night.
It was another pitching duel, betwwen starters, Javier de la Hoya, and Saltillo´s ace Steve Bourgeois, that looked liked Sarape Maker team will tied series, leading the Pirates 4-2 in most of the game, however,Rube Riverás, 3 RBI shot, in the bottom of the 7th, ended with their hopes.
Saltillo took the first lead in the opener, afterEduardo Jimenez 2 runs shot over de la Hoya, and scored 2 more in the 5th, after another shot by Morgan Burkhart with one man on.
After all, manager Estrada kept de la Hoya on the mound, pitching a total of 8.1 innings, allowing 5 hits ,two of them HR, which were pointing the difference in favor of Saltillo, Isidro Marquez come and closed the door , with his second save of series.
By the other side, Bourgeois, went only 4.2 innings, relievers Mario Mendoza,Jorge Luis Garcia ,loser Miguel Duarte the victim of Riverás shot, Nathanael Reyes and Hipolito Pichardo, pitched afterwards, but damage was done.
Campeche, scored 2 runs in the 4th, wirh an RBI single by Roberto Mejia and a sacrifice fly by Roque Sanchez.
Venezuelan Willis Otañez, kept hitting well, he went 4-3 ,including a clutch double in the 7th, when they fabricated their victory.
Tonight, the 5th game, if raining conditions allows to play, Pirates will try to zippered this series, sending Danny Magge, to the mound, who has been simply sensational in post series, with a perfect record of 6-0, a record for post season games, and for Saltillo Pascual Coco if his elbow problems allowing him, because he was complaining with sored and swollen elbow, otherwise, Ignacio Flores will pitch for Saltillo.
SALTILLO 200 020 000 4 5 0
CAMPECHE 000 200 30x 5 10 0
S Burgeois, M Mendoza (5), JL García (7), M Duarte (7), N Reyes (7) H Pichardo (8)and N Muñoz; J de la Hoya, I Márquez (8) and E Valdez. W: De la Hoya 1-0. L: Duarte 0-1. Sv:Márquez (2). HR: Rivera (3) CAMPECHE. Burkhart (1) Jiménez (1) SALTILLO