It’s unbelievable. Right when we’re ready to count Wes Bankston out, he comes back and catches fire again. The Mayos couldn’t have used it any more on Wednesday night.
Mexican Pacific League: Mayos de Navojoa 5, Algodoneros de Guasave 4
Things immediately began looking bleak for the Mayos in this one as they trailed 4-0 after 3 innings. Their starter, Alejandro Soto, couldn’t make it out of the 4th inning, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits in 3.1 innings. But from then on, everything changed. Right-hander Luis De La O was incredible in relief, going 4.2 innings allowing just 2 hits while striking out 3 and walking none. And while De La O had Guasave under lockdown, the Navojoa offense came alive. In the 4th, Rolando Acosta got the Mayos on the board with a solo homer. Then the following inning, Wes Bankston pulled Navojoa within a run at 4-3 with a 2-run homer. The Mayos remained down 4-3 heading into the 8th but then were finally able to complete their comeback as Bankston and Acosta strung together singles before a pair of sac flies brought them in to score before the inning was through as Navojoa won 5-4. Bankston has been really off of late, but he got on track in a big way in this game, going 2 for 3 with his 2-run homer, a walk, and 2 runs scored.
Aguilas de Mexicali 9, Naranjeros de Hermosillo 2
This game wasn’t close, and Jon Weber was part of the reason why as he went 1 for 3 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored for Mexicali. Jorge Cantu went 1 for 3 for Hermosillo before fellow ex-Ray Humberto Cota pinch-hit for him in the 9th with the game out of hand and grounded out.
Caneros de los Mochis 8, Venados de Mazatlan 5
Poor Jeff Bennett. Bennett was a pretty decent major reliever not that long ago, managing a 3.70 ERA in 72 appearances with the Braves in 2008, but his career completely came apart after one of the worst 11-game stretches the baseball world has ever seen with the Rays in 2009, managing a 9.95 ERA, with 4 strikeouts against 11 strikeouts in 12.2 IP, and he hasn’t been in the major leagues since. Bennett entered Wednesday having pitched pretty decently for the Venados de Mazatlan in the Mexican Pacific League, managing a 4.00 ERA. Unfortunately, though, Wednesday was about his worst nightmare. Bennett started for Mazatlan but could not record an out, allowing 5 runs on 3 hits and a walk. He made an error, but the terrible pitching of the pitcher behind him made all the runs earned. Ughhhh. It took Mazatlan threw pitchers to get out of the first inning as Los Mochis struck for 6 runs. Henry Mateo did have a nice game in the loss for the Venados, going 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. He’s hitting .375 in his last 10 games.
Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico): Indios de Mayaguez 6, Gigantes de Carolina 5
The Gigantes lost despite the best efforts of three different ex-Rays. Felipe Lopez went 2 for 4 with a double, a walk, and an RBI, Jesus Feliciano went 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored, and Eddie Morlan tossed two perfect innings, striking out 3. Lopez already has 3 extra-base hits in 7 games with Carolina after just 4 extra-base hits, all doubles, in 19 games with Santurce. Feliciano, meanwhile, continues to hit for no power, managing just 5 doubles and a triple in 36 games on his way to a .338 SLG, but he’s done everything else extremely well, managing a .288/.359/.338 line with 13 walks against 9 strikeouts and 6 of 7 stolen bases.