Wednesday, April 20, 2011

MEZA OUT, PAQUIN IN AS PETROS SKIPPER

The merry-go-round that is the Minatitlan Petroleros managerial job took another spin this week when Cuban skipper Victor Meza submitted his resignation after an 11-15 start to the season. While the Petros’ current record is not panic-inducing, the pitching staff’s 6.01 ERA is.

Enter Francisco “Paquin” Estrada.

A Salon de la Fama member who caught more games (2,847) than any other player in minor league baseball history, Estrada (pictured)  is being brought into Minatitlan to address the team’s pitching woes while bringing a sense of calm that may have eluded the Petros under the volatile Meza, whose managerial reign in Veracruz last year likewise was a short one. Estrada has led several pennant-winners in both the Mexican and Mexican Pacific leagues and managed Mexico’s entry in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

This is the second time a Mexican League team has changed managers in the past week. Last Saturday, Gerardo “Polvorita” Sanchez (himself a Salon member as a player) was relieved as helmsman for the Monclova Acereros. Marco Antonio Davalillo, son of former player and manager Pompeyo and nephew of ex-MLBer Vic, has taken over as Monclova’s manager.

And it’s only April, folks.

Mexican League results for Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2011

After deciding to send the daily Mexican League results over to a new Baseball Mexico group page on Facebook and returning to the old short-story format three days a week on the BBM blog to address declining blog readership, it finally occurred to me:  Why can't I do both results AND stories on both Facebook and the blog?  Sometimes the best solutions are also the most obvious.  So without further dither or adieu, here are last night's LMB results:

REYNOSA 7-13-1, Monterrey 6-13-0
W-Castillo (1-0). L-Ramirez (0-2).
Yurendell de Caster scored on bases-loaded walkoff single by Eduardo Arredondo (pictured) in 9th for Broncos.

MINATITLAN 4-9-0, Saltillo 3-9-0
W-Rios (1-1). L-Hernandez (2-2).
Petros' Rolando Acosta stroked two-out RBI single for game-winner.

CAMPECHE 6-12-1, Laguna 5-9-0
W-Armenta (4-0). L-Figueroa (1-1).
Piratas received homers from Ruben Rivera, Jolbert Cabrera, Javier Robles and Jaime Valenzuela.

Mexico City 8-11-1, VERACRUZ 4-10-1
W-Quevedo (3-0). L-Cruz (3-1).
Diablos scored 7 runs in top of 3rd, including 2-run homer by Gabriel Gutierrez and solo blast by Luis Terrero, to cruise to road win.

TABASCO 6-10-0, Monclova 2-9-1
W-Sanchez (2-0). L-Verdugo (0-3).
Roberto Mendez went 3-for-4, scores 2 runs and drove in 2 more as Alfonso Sanchez let in 1 run over 5 innings for Olmecas.

QUINTANA ROO 3-5-1, Oaxaca 2-4-0
W-Ortega (2-1). L-Aguilar (1-2).
Ricardo Vazquez hit solo homer, scored on Abel Martinez single to support strong start by Pablo Ortega for Tigres.

YUCATAN 7-7-0, Puebla 6-16-0
W-Navarro (2-0). L-Perez (0-2).
Despite being outhit 16-7, Leones got 3 RBIs each from Said Gutierrez and Fernando Alejos as Pericos stranded 10 baserunners.