Monday, May 2, 2011

CAZANA IMPRESSIVE AFTER FIRST WEEK IN MONCLOVA

If it's indeed true that nothing lasts like a first impression, Monclova Acereros outfielder Amaury Cazana may rival Dale Carnegie in his seemingly newfound ability to make new lifelong friends (while influencing ballgames in a way old Dale never could have).

In six games after being swapped by Minatitlan to Monclova in exchange for fellow flychaser Freddy Guzman, Cazana has hit safely in each contest for the Acereros, going 13-for-25 for a batting average of .520 (making it a .341 average in 32 games for both the Petros and Monclova overall). Still, it’s WHEN the former Cardinal farmhand got his hits that earned attention.

After going 3-for-4 with three RBIs for his April 26 Acereros debut, the Cuban product really got going. One night later against the Pericos, Cazana hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth to hand Monclova a 6-5 win over Puebla. On the 28th, another Cazana safety in the bottom of the 11th drove in Antonio Llamas with another game-winning hit in an 8-7 triumph over the Pericos. Then, on April 29, Cazana completed his walkoff trifecta with yet another clutch single in the bottom of the ninth in Monclova’s 6-5 win over Oaxaca.

Just wait’ll he gets more comfortable in his new surroundings and meets some people.

Mexican League results of Sunday, May 1, 2011

Yucatan 10-15-0, QUINTANA ROO 9-11-0
W-Vargas (4-0). L-Llamas (4-1).
19-year-old rookie Julio Perez (pictured) hits 9th inning homer in first Liga at-bat to give Leones lead and reliever Jose Vargas holds on for win.

Monterrey 2-9-0, MEXICO CITY 1-7-1
W-Lizarraga (1-4). L-Robles (2-2).
Sergio Lizarraga scatters 3 hits in 5 shutout innings as Karim Garcia and Adan Amezua both go 2-for-4 with RBI in Sultanes’ 5th straight win.

SALTILLO 6-14-1, Reynosa 3-6-1
W-Melgarejo (3-0). Gonzalez (1-5).
Christian Presichi singles, doubles and drives in 3 runs and Jose Castaneda has 3-for-5 night at plate for Saraperos.

TABASCO 2-6-2, Minatitlan 1-6-1
W-Gonzalez (2-2). L-Alvarez (1-5).
Henry Mateo’s 5th inning double scores David Urias and Tike Redman to give Leo Gonzalez (6IP, 1R) support for Olmecas win.

Veracruz 5-12-1, CAMPECHE 4-8-1
W-Peguero (3-0). L-Silva (1-1).
Jorge Guzman’s RBI double in top of 9th puts Aguilas in front and Hector Navarro turns in 1-2-3 inning for save.

MONCLOVA 8-9-2, Oaxaca 7-9-3
W-Cabrera (5-3). L-Butto (2-3).
Error by Oaxaca first baseman Barbaro Canizares allows Acereros’ tying and winning runs in bottom of 9th.

LAGUNA 9-16-0, Puebla 4-8-0
W-Oyervidez (2-1). L-Espinoza (2-6).
Emmanuel Valdez goes 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and run for Vaqueros as Jose Oyervidez (5IP/3H/1R) cools down hot Puebla bats.