Monday, November 1, 2010

XALAPA TOPS SANTA ROSA, 3-0, SUNDAY; LIV FINALS SET

The Xalapa Chileros shut out the Santa Rosa Gallos, 3-0, Sunday to win their best-of-7 Veracruz Winter League semifinal series, 4 games to 2. The win sends Xalapa to the LIV championship series, where they’ll take on the two-time defending champ Los Tuxtlas Brujos.

Los Tuxtlas is loaded with Mexican League veterans, including former Kansas City Royals third baseman Kit Pellow. Other notable Brujos include infielder Javier Robles, outfielder Serafin Rodriguez, starting pitcher Roberto Ramirez and closer Isidro Marquez, the Mexican League’s all-time leader in saves and games pitched.

Likewise, Xalapa has a roster with a number of Liga vets. Outfielder Edgar Quintero and infielder Valentin Gamez (who filled in admirably for Puebla slugger Willis Otanez during the LMB playoffs last summer) head an offensive lineup backing up pitchers Humberto Montemayor and Francisco Cordoba.

The LIV title series opener is set for Tuesday night in the Brujos’ Parque Aurelio Ballados.