Mateo could not have picked a better time to get his stroke going for Mazatlan. (Credit: Flickr user tjperr)

The Undercards: Henry Mateo Notches 4 Hits as Mazatlan Shuts Out Mexicali

When you’re hitting .583 in the postseason, you’re doing pretty well. When you’re hitting .000, you’re having a tough time.

Mexican Pacific League Playoffs: Venados de Mazatlan 4, Aguilas de Mexicali 0

Unfortunately for Jon Weber, he’s been pulling a Robinson Cano of late- finishing the regular season impossible to get out and then unable to buy a hit once the postseason began. Weber continued to struggle as Mexicali got 3-hit and lost 4-0. Before we get to the ex-Rays, Walter Silva was awesome for the Venados, going 8 shutout innings allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5 and posting a 7-1 strikeout to walk ratio. Silva is an extremely bizarre story- he has spent basically his entire career in the Mexican Pacific League, but as a 32 year old in 2009, he signed with the San Diego Padres and actually made the major leagues, lasting for 8 disastrous starts, before the Padres released him, and he’s been back in Mexico ever since. Whatever his situation, Mexicali couldn’t get anything against Silva on Saturday. For Mexicali, with Silva rolling, Weber went just 0 for 3 with a walk while Wes Bankston went 1 for 3 with a double, the only extra-base hit by either team in the game, and also a walk as he’s hitting .400 for Mexicali so far in the playoffs. For Mazatlan, an ex-Ray was their offensive hero to pair with Silva’s exploits as Henry Mateo went 4 for 4 with a walk, a stolen base, an RBI, and a run scored. If you didn’t get it from the first line of this article, Mateo is hitting .583 so far in the playoffs for Mazatlan.

Algodoneros de Guasave 5, Yaquis de Obregon 3

The Yaquis have to be hitting themselves after losing this one after allowing 4 runs in a disastrous 7th inning in a collapse by reliever Roman Colon, who was once traded for Kyle Farnsworth. Colon’s horrific outing, allowing 3 runs in just a third of an inning, ruined strong showings by a trio of former Rays. Juan Miranda had a nice game, going 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run, Iker Franco went 1 for 4, and Jesus Colome struck out 1 working around a hit in a scoreless 8th for Obregon.

Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico) Postseason: Gigantes de Carolina 7, Idios de Mayaguez 2

Speaking of trios of former Rays, that strategy worked quite well for Carolina in this one as they came away with an easy win. Felipe Lopez had a breakout game, going 2 for 3 with 2 walks, an RBI, and a run scored, Jesus Feliciano went 1 for 5 with an RBI, and Eddie Morlan, who was a throw-in as part of the deal that netted the Rays Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett, tossed two perfect innings, striking out 1. It’s amazing how Lopez went from hitting .310 in 680 plate appearances in 2009 to out of baseball in just a two year span after failed stints with the Cardinals, Red Sox, Rays, and Brewers, and good luck to him trying to his career back on track.

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