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11/22/2004 Archived Entry: "Mexican Pacific League News : First Half Ended, Obregon Yaquis on Top"
By Carlos Fragoso
Yaquis leading in standing,batting and Pitching
Mexican Pacific League League, first half has ended with Obregón Yaquis being in top, and scoring 8 points, defeating second placed Culiacan Tomato Growers, yesterday by a score of 8-0, their second win of the series to finally overcome their jinx against this team.
Reliever Miguel Duarte (1-1) the winner, came in help of starter Marcos Zavala, who opened up suddenly, because his role is merely a setter , and went 4.2 innings.
Red hots Andy Tracy (9) and Mario Valdez (6),were once again the power combo, providing all the support Yaquis needed to get this important victory, contributing with HR´s.
For Culiacan, then undefeated pitcher Alfredo Aceves also the K´S leader, got his first loss of the season (4-1).
In other results. Guasave Cottoneers win over Hermosillo 4-1, allowed them to finish in third place ,with Japanese pitcher Tetsu Yofu (5-2), tossing a 7 innings of good work, to pick up the win.
Azael Alvarez , lost (1-4), and Heriberto Salas (1) and Damon Minor (6), got round trippers for Guasave.
Mazatlan Deer, 8-5 win over Navojoa with Danny Magee ( )on the mound who come back after a slight injury which kept him the out of the pitching role momentarily.
Octavio “Tavo” Alvarez ,the loser for Navojoa, and for Mazatlan league´s leader in saves Will Ohman come in to get his 12th save of the season who tied him up wit Culiacan´s reliever Marc Kroon.
Mazatlan lost IF Larry Sutton who went to play baseball to Korea, and Joe Dillon come in replacement.
Mochis-Mexicali double header was rained out, and due to league´s rules the games won´t be played anymore so, the standing at the end of first half look like this;
TEAM W L AVG POINTS EARNED
Yaquis 21 13 .618 - 8.0
Tomateros 20 13 .606 0.5 7.0
Cañeros 19 14 .576 1.5 6.0
Algodoneros 18 15 .545 2.5 5.0
Venados 16 16 .500 4.0 4.5
Aguilas 14 18 .437 6.0 4.0
Naranjeros 13 20 .394 7.5 3.5
Mayos 10 22 .312
Juan Carlos Canizales (Hermosillo). The batting leader at the end of first half wit .370, closely followed by Obregon´s SS Javier Robles, with .366 and Rick Short (Mexicali), .364.
In Hr´s, Mochis 3B Ramon Orantes has 12, while Culiacan catcher Adan Muñoz, who surprisingly has his power displayed, has 11 as well as Guasave Demond Smith.
In RBI´s, Guasave Marshall McDougall and Obregon´s Javier Robles share the lead with 31, followed by Culiacan´s Kit Pellow and Mochis Ramon Orantes, with 30. while Morgan Burkhart (Navojoa), is watching closely with 29.
In pitching, no doubt , Jorge Campillo of Culiacan the all leader, in wins (7-0) and ERA with 1.64, having Cuban Ariel Prieto (Obregon), in second place with 5.0 and 2.66 in ERA.
Will Ohman and Marc Kroon, in saves both with 12.
Allan Simpson (Colorado) has 8 saves with Obregon
Andy Tracy has 9 HR´s in only 67 AB, while teammate Mario Valdez (Kintetsu) has 6 HR´s in 53 AB.
Ramon Orantes the leader has his 12 HR´s in 112 AB, so they´re really hot.
Obregon led all in batting with .287 and pitching with 3.93 ERA ,
Second half, will start tomorrow and it will end in December 30th.
As expected, Hermosillo fired Tom Gamboa as Manager, and brought Derek Bryant to replace him, a well known people in town (he lives there), and a proven manager , Orange Growers has big expectations on him.
Culiacan activated P Andrew Lorraine, and Jason Scobie was put on the DL. Also OF Karim Garcia, who just signed a contract to play in Japan,come in replacement of OF Hector Alvarez
Mazatlan activated OF Joe Dillon, who hit 30 HR with Alburquerque (Marlins), in the Pacific Coast League
replacing departing to Korea, Larry Sutton.
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Mexicali´s OF Rick Short left the Eagles surprisingly, since he was the best team hitter, actually the leagues co-leader, and Tampa Bay´s OF Jonn Gomes come in replacement.
The team has not disclosed any reasons for Short to be out of the roster.
A 40 man roster protected player, Tampa Bay´s Jonny Gomes made his debut last night against Guasave going 5-2 and playing CF.
Ariel Prieto got his 6th win of the season, and still undefeated, while his Obregon teamates scored 8 runs to beat Mazatlan 8-0.
Once again red hot hitter Mario Valdez who is showing a different bat stance, and stronger than last year, hit his 7th HR of the season in as only 57 AB.
It seems that playing in Japan helped him to find his way back to the big leagues, for the way his swinging the bat, anyway he´s only 30 years old.
Benji Gil, of Culiacan self decided to end the season, bothered from unrecovered knee surgery that needing more rehab in USA.
Elmer Dessens will make his debut on thursday against Culiacan
Scott Seabol a Cardinals propspect made his debut with Mazatlan, last night
Posted by Carlos Fragoso @ 11/24/2004 06:02 PM EST