After a season of frustration, Felipe Lopez picked a great time to finally break out.
Mexican Pacific League Postseason: Venados de Mazatlan 4, Aguilas de Mexicali 3
Devastating loss for the Aguilas as they blew a 3-0 lead after 6 innings as they allowed 4 runs in the 7th. Henry Mateo went just 1 for 4 for Mazatlan but made it count once again, coming through with a game-tying RBI single and proceeding to steal a base and score the go-ahead run. For Mexicali, Yuniesky Betancourt homered, but their 3-4 duo of ex-Rays minor leaguers Jon Weber and Wes Bankston could not do the job once again, going just 0 for 6 with 2 walks, both by Weber. Weber remains hitless in the postseason while Bankston is second on the Aguilas with a .313 average. For Mazatlan, Mateo leads players for either teams with an incredible .524 average. Mexicali once led this series 2-0, but Mazatlan has won 3 straight and looks to complete a trip to the MPL Championship Series later today.
Yaquis de Obregon 3, Algodoneros de Guasave 1
The Yaquis found a way to win and go up 3-2 in the series, although their three ex-Rays were not of much help as Juan Miranda and Iker Franco went a combined 0 for 5 with a walk and Jesus Colome tossed 0.2 innings allowing 2 hits, although he was able to escape unscathed. Obregon’s real hero was the Royals’ Luis Mendoza, who went 6 innings allowing just 1 run on 4 hits, striking out 8 while walking 1.
Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico) Playoffs: Gigantes de Carolina 7, Cangrejeros de Santurce 6
Two homers in the 6th inning and a third one in the 8th made this one quite a satisfying win for Carolina. Felipe Lopez had a big game, going 3 for 5 to raise his playoff average to .313, while Jesus Feliciano, moved from the leadoff spot to the 3-hole, went 0 for 3 although he did walk twice. On the pitching side, Eddie Morlan bent but did not break, going 1.2 innings allowing 3 walks and 2 hits but not a single run.
Venezuelan Professional Baseball League Postseason: Leones de Caracas 5, Caribes de Anzoategui 3
4 innings of 1-hit baseball from the Caracas bullpen proved to be the difference in this game. Daniel Mayora went just 0 for 4 for the victorious Leones, but Cesar Saurez had a nice game in the loss for Anzoategui, going 2 for 4 with a stolen base and 2 runs scored. Suarez and the hitter hitting right behind him, Jose Castillo, notched 5 of the Caribes’ 8 hits, and 2 of the remaining 3 were by Numan Romero, who devastatingly was caught stealing twice to kill Anzoategui rallies.