Wednesday, January 6, 2016


The Obregon Yaquis and Navojoa Mayos are both one game closer to the semifinals after winning their Mexican Pacific League first round playoff games Wednesday night.

Obregon won Game 5 in Los Mochis, 4-1, as Dustin Martin (pictured) turned in a second straight top-notch night at the plate with a double and homer for the Yaquis.  Navojoa slipped past Mazatlan, 3-2, thanks to Jesus Castillo's solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.  The Yaquis and Mayos are both up, 3 games to 2.

The teams change venues for Game 6 on Thursday night when Obregon welcomes Los Mochis and Mazatlan plays host to Navojoa.  Mexicali has already advanced by sweeping Jalisco in four straight games.

Obregon 4-8-1, LOS MOCHIS 1-9-3
W-R. Valdez (1-0).  L-Merritt (0-1).  T-2:53.  A-9,130.
Obregon starter Rolando Valdez gave up six hits in six innings to take the win.  Mochis' Roy Merritt pitched well over seven innings, but two of the three runs he allowed were unearned, with Cubs prospect Christian Villanueva's solo homer in the second the only untainted score on the sheet as the Caneros committed three errors.  
After Dustin Martin led off the top of the ninth with his third playoff homer to make it 4-0, the Caneros made things interesting when Emmanuel Avila and Jesus Arredondo opened the bottom of the frame by ripping back-to-back doubles for one run off Obregon closer Josh Judy, but Judy settled down to strike out Sebastian Valle, Rodolfo Amador and Juan Carlos Gamboa on twelve pitches to end the contest.  Martin also doubled and scored in the fourth

NAVOJOA 3-10-0, Mazatlan 2-6-1
W-O. Felix (1-0).  L-Barraza (0-1).  T-2:50.  A-9,711.
Nate Tenbrink slammed a two-run homer off Mazatlan starter Sergio Valenzuela in the bottom of the third for the only two counters Valenzuela allowed over 5.2 innings although he was far from sharp. Navojoa held that 2-0 lead until the top of the eighth, when Erick Rodriguez smoked a two-run bomb of his own into the left field bleachers at Parque Manuel "Ciclon" Echeverria to tie it up.  
Mayos first baseman Jesus Castillo socked a line-driver homer to right field to give Navojoa a lead they would not relinquish as Daniel Moskos pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to save the contest.  Mayos starter Eddie Gamboa shut out the Venados over seven frames, but it was reliever Oscar Felix who got the win.