Monday, April 25, 2011

VASQUEZ OUT, VEGA IN AS OAXACA SKIPPER

After only one month as manager of the Oaxaca Guerreros, Marco Antonio Vasquez is gone. Vasquez took over as helmsman in Oaxaca after last year’s BBM Manager of the Year Eddie Diaz resigned to accept a full-time scouting job for the Tampa Bay Rays. He compiled a 11-16 record with Oaxaca.

Vasquez is being replaced on an interim basis by Guerreros coach Abelardo “Cachorro” Vega, a longtime veteran of Mexican baseball. A 64-year-old Sinaloa native, Vega started out as a pitcher before spending 18 seasons as a third baseman in the Mexican League (13 of those with the Mexico City Diablos Rojos), batting .286 with 54 homers and 727 RBIs over 1,638 games between 1968 and 1984.

Following his playing career, Vega got into coaching and has also managed the Tijuana Potros and Minatitlan Petroleros as well as fill-in stints with both the Diablos and Guerreros. Since taking the reins in Oaxaca on April 23, the Guerreros have won three straight games under Vega.

Mexican League results of Sunday, Apr. 24, 2011

CAMPECHE 5-8-0, Monclova 4-9-0
W-Armenta (5-0). L-Bustillos (0-1).
Ruben Rivera (pictured) took over Liga lead with 16th homer in 3-for-4 day at plate as Alejandro Armenta went to 5-0 for Piratas.

OAXACA 10-11-0, Yucatan 6-10-0
W-Gutierrez (1-1). L-Pollok (0-4).
Jaime Brena drove in 4 runs as Hugo Gutierrez got win for Guerreros despite letting in 2 runs and blowing save in 1/3 IP.

MEXICO CITY 16-17-1, Minatitlan 9-15-2
W-Delgado (1-0). L-Quintanilla (0-2).
Carlos Valencia swatted pair of homers and had 5 RBIs as Diablos built 13-0 lead after 3 innings and cruised to win.

PUEBLA 9-13-0, Quintana Roo 3-10-1
W-Barcelo (4-2). L-Ramirez (2-3).
Omar de la Torre doubled, singled and drove in two and Ivan Cervantes hit solo homer to back Pericos starter Lorenzo Barcelo (6 IP, 3 R).

Reynosa 10-17-0, MONTERREY 8-11-3 (10)
W-Lopez (1-0). L-Lizarraga (0-4).
Jose Espinoza hit 2-run ground rule double in top of 10th, Jose Juan Lopez retired side in order to seal triumph for Broncos.

VERACRUZ 8-11-0, Saltillo 1-7-1
W-Cruz (4-1). L-Nevares (1-1).
Rafael Cruz tosses solid complete game for Aguilas, shutout bid ruined by Refugio Cervantes homer in 8th.

LAGUNA 9-13-0, Tabasco 4-11-1
W-Yan (3-3). L-Sanchez (2-1).
Miguel Ojeda was 3-for-5 and drives in 2 while Dionys Cesar singled, doubled and scored twice in Vaqueros victory.