Friday, January 1, 2016

MEXPAC PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD: Friday, 1/1/16

Pitching was the order of the night for Friday's slate of Game One play in the Mexican Pacific League's first round of playoffs.

Javier Solano of Mexicali and Mazatlan's Walter Silva (pictured) both turned in top-notch starts for their teams while Navojoa's Eddie Gamboa and Jalisco's Terance Marin acquitted themselves decently, especially Marin.  However, the night ended with the swing of the bat from one of Mexico's most solid veteran second basemen, Obregon's Carlos Valencia.

MAZATLAN 4-7-1, Navojoa 1-5-0
W-Silva (1-0). L-Gamboa (0-1). T-2:46. A-12,436.
Cyle Hankard's two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a scoreless tie as the Venados went on to win Game 1.  Walter Silva pitched 7.1 shutout innings for Mazatlan, scattering three Mayos hits and striking out seven Mayos batsmen.  Quincy Latimore singled in Nate Tenbrink with Navojoa's lone run in the eighth, after Silva had already exited.

MEXICALI 2-6-0, Jalisco 1-5-1
W-Solano (1-0). L-Marin (0-1). T-2:28. A-14,917.
Javier Solano showed why he's a prime LMP Pitcher of the Year candidate by dominating Jalisco for the Aguilas, tossing seven innings and allowing one run on four hits, including an Alex Liddi solo homer in the fourth.  Xorge Castillo's RBI double in the second brought in what would prove to be Mexicali's winning run. Terance Marin had a solid start himself, going seven frames and giving up two runs on six hits for Jalisco.

OBREGON 7-10-1, Los Mochis 4-9-0
W-Adrian C. Ramirez (1-0). L-Avila (0-1). T-3:32. A-11,567.
Carlos Valencia blasted a three-run walkoff homer against Caneros closer Andres Avila in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Yaquis an opening win.  D'Arby Myers scored from second on J.C. Linares' single for Los Mochis' go-ahead run in the top on the tenth.  Valencia earlier clubbed a two-run homer and added an RBI single.  Sebastian Valle socked a solo homer for the Caneros.

NOTE: BBM is posting final scores of each game immediately following the final pitch on both Facebook and Twitter throughout the playoffs and Caribbean Series.

BBM TO FEATURE SCORES, HIGHLIGHTS DAILY THROUGH SERIE DEL CARIBE

Starting tonight, Baseball Mexico will be posting scores and highlights nightly throughout the Mexican Pacific League playoffs.  Posts will be made shortly after the end of the last game played. Scores will also be posted by BBM on Facebook and Twitter.

Tonight marks the beginning of the first round of LMP playoffs, with the #6 seed Jalisco Charros opening at #1 Mexicali, #5 Los Mochis playing at #2 Obregon and #4 Navojoa visiting #3 Mazatlan.  All postseason series in the MexPac are best-of-7 affairs, with higher seeds hosting both the first two games and (if needed) final two games of each set.

BBM will then follow the LMP champion as they next travel to the Dominican Republic for the 2016 Caribbean Series.  MexPac representatives won three consecutive Serie del Caribe crowns before Cuba's surprise breakthrough last winter.  The LMP pennant-winners will play the host Dominican League titlists in the February 1 nightcap, while the CS final is scheduled for February 7.