Thursday, December 30, 2010


It wasn't the way the Mazatlan Venados would've preferred to do it, but the Deer backed into the sixth and final Mexican Pacific League playoff slot Wednesday night by virtue of a Mexicali Aguilas loss.

With two games remaining in the regular season, the Venados held a two-game lead over the Aguilas for sixth place in the second half standings. Although Mazatlan fell 4-2 to Hermosillo in their game, Mexicali let the Venados off the hook by dropping a 3-0 contest to Guasave. Mazatlan is now 14-18 while the Eagles are 12-20 with one game remaining, effectively ending the playoff chase.

Hermosillo and Mazatlan were tied at 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning when Buck Coats (pictured) drilled a two-out double to left field for his third hit of the game to give the Naranjeros a two-run lead. Closer Jose Vargas retired the Venados in order in the bottom of the frame for his 13th save of the season.

Meanwhile in Mexicali, the Aguilas were rendered helpless by Guasave starter Mauricio Lara and four relievers, collecting just three hits in a 3-0 blanking. Lara went five scoreless innings and gave up just one hit and a walk to go to 3-0 on the season. Yurendell de Caster’s RBI single in the second gave the Algodoneros all the runs they needed.

The Mex Pac's regular season ends Thursday night.