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01/02/2006 Archived Entry: "Mexican Pro Baseball News: VIVA BEISBOL Daily"
Mexican Pro Baseball News: VIVA BEISBOL Daily
by Bruce Baskin
GUTIERREZ HITS GWRBI AS MAYOS WIN OPENING SQUEAKER
Lundberg Brilliant for Guasave; Hermosillo Wins with Big 9th
Jesse Gutierrez’ single in the bottom of the ninth inning drove in Aaron Holbert with the game-winning run as the Navojoa Mayos nipped the Culiacan Tomateros, 2-1, in the Mexican Pacific League playoff opener for both teams Sunday night in Navojoa. Holbert had opened the frame with a double off reliever Jose Silva, who took the loss for Culiacan.
The contest was a classic pitchers’ duel all the way through, as Navojoa starter Mario Mendoza Jr. and Culiacan hurler Jesus Guzman locked horns in battle. Mendoza went 7.2 innings, allowing just 2 hits and 1 run; while Guzman tossed 8 frames of 2-hit, 1-run ball himself before giving way to Silva for the fateful ninth. Closer Scott Chiasson, who saved 18 games for the Mayos during the regular season, earned the win in relief for Navojoa.
CULIACAN 1 2 1 LP-Jose Silva (0-1)
NAVOJOA 2 4 1 WP-Scott Chiasson (1-0)
Whatever you want to call Guasave’s 12-1 romp over Los Mochis in their opener, don’t call it a “pitcher’s duel.” While Algodoneros starter Spike Lundberg continued his brilliant work this season by scattering five Caneros hits over six scoreless innings, Los Mochis opener Steve Bourgeois was rocked for 3 earned runs on 3 hits and 2 walks before being yanked two outs into the second inning.
This one was never in doubt, and the Cottoneers stuck it in their hip pockets with a 7-run fifth inning, capped by Armando Rios’ grand slam. Demond Smith added another homer for the Algodoneros, who outhit Los Mochis by an 11-7 margin for the game.
LOS MOCHIS 1 7 2 LP-Steve Bourgeois (0-1)
GUASAVE 12 11 1 WP-Spike Lundberg (1-0)
Finally, the Hermosillo Naranjeros broke open a tight 3-3 game in Mazatlan with a 5-run outburst in the top of the ninth to beat the defending champion Venados, 8-3. No other details were available as we went to press, but with the win, Hermosillo (like both Navojoa and Guasave) grabbed a 1-0 lead in their best-of-7 series.
All six teams will be back in action tonight for Game Two of their respective series. Tuesday will be a travel day before the venues shift for Game Three Wednesday night.
TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE / WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE
Culiacan at Navojoa / Navojoa at Culiacan
Los Mochis at Guasave / Guasave at Los Mochis
Hermosillo at Mazatlan / Mazatlan at Hermosillo
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