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01/26/2005 Archived Entry: "Mexican Pacific League News : Mazatlan Deer in advantage"

By Carlos Fragoso

Taking advantage of being a host team ,the Deer team, took one game advantage in the championship series 2-1 against Mexicali, by winning last night 3-2, in front a full packed up Teodoro Mariscal Stadium,whose attendane is that resembling what the upcoming Caribbean Series will look like.

Last night, announced starting pitchers FRANK CAMPOS and FERNANDO VALENZUELA, created big expectations, specially for Campos consistency and Valenzuela´s recovery from game to game, he is unbelievable at his age and is really performing good enough to win important games suchs a s the clinching game to advance to this series against Los Mochis Sugarcane Growers, and he did it well last night again, going 5.1 innings allowing 5 hits ,2R and 2 K´s, leaving the mound to relief pitchers JULIO CESAR PARRA an veteran and former big leaguer ISIDRO "SID" MARQUEZ who lost the game in the 10th inning, after an RBI single by MIGUEL FLORES ,scoring TRENT HUBBARD from second base.

From the other side, Campos pitched over 6.1 innings, allowing also 5 hits ,2 R and 6 K´s, and left the game with the score tied at 2, and relievers SIXTO BAEZ abd winner ENRIQUE QUINTANILLA completed the journey to win this important game.

As you can imagine it was an intense played game from both sides, and making both managers to use any kind of strategies to win.

Mazatlan SS ,HEBERT GOMEZ had 2 hits including a game tying HR.

JOHN GALL, Mazatlan DH is hot in this semifinals series and is hitting .455, as well as Mexicali's 3B, veteran BILL SELBY who is swinging and hitting well, JONNY GOMES is disappointing in this series, maybe out of concentration for the upcoming spring training to which he has to report to Tampa Bay, or he is maybe tired of an intense final games played,anyway he is one of the best performed players ever in this league from a foreigner player.

ELMER DESSENS and LUIS AYALA, both big leaguers has been announced form league´s office to be added to the Mexican representation team for the upcoming caribbean series,no matter what team gets the title,they will be incorporated.

Tonight for the 4th game, announced pitchers are WALTER SILVA for Mazatlan and FRANCISCO RIVERA for Mexicali

Replies: 5 comments

Thank you for your explanation. So the Tijuana Potros will play in the Mexican League and looks like the Toros will be in the independant Golden Baseball League.

Posted by robert kiyoshi shadlow @ 01/26/2005 08:53 PM EST

Laredo franchise played last season in Tijuana as temporary home for the team just for 2004 season
, in an attempt to overcome the low attendance they were facing there and Tijuana responded so well.
This season the laredo franchise was sold to a group of local investors,becoming a Tijuana owned team, named Potros after the previous group owning this name transferred the name to the new owners.
Yes, all team rosters and team rights belong now to Potros.

Posted by Carlos Fragoso @ 01/26/2005 06:48 PM EST

What happened? Why did the Mexican League decide to change team ownership? Will the Potros have the same players as the Toros last year?

Posted by robert kiyoshi shadlow @ 01/26/2005 04:12 PM EST

Yes, Tijuana POTROS will be part of the Mexican League, it is confirmed.Toros are not confirmed to participate since they do not have a stadium to use in Tijuana,because the only one available is owned by the municipal government and it has been leased to the new Potros staff, headed by David Gonzalez,father of Rangers 1B Adrian Gonzalez.

Posted by Carlos Fragoso @ 01/26/2005 03:14 PM EST

The Toros de Tijuana (Tijauna Bulls) have signed an agreement with the new Golden Baseball League of California and Arizona.
Will Tijuana still be a part of the Mexican League for 2005? If not what team will replace them. Tijuana had the highest attendance 2004 in the Mexican League after moving from Laredo.

Posted by Robert Kiyoshi Shadlow @ 01/26/2005 11:07 AM EST

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