Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MexPac Playoff Scoreboard: WED, Jan. 13, 2016

The Navojoa Mayos broke through for their first win in their Mexican Pacific League semifinal series with Mexicali, topping the Aguilas 6-3 Wednesday night behind the arm of Eddie Gamboa and the bats of Jesus Castillo an Jose Amador.  The Mayos dropped the first two games of the set in Mexicali Sunday and Monday.  Meanwhile, Obregon took a 4-2 win in Mazatlan to take a 2 to 1 lead in their series as Carlos Valencia (pictured) chopped a run-scoring single and knocked out a solo homer for the Yaquis to continue his playoff hot streak at the plate.

Thursday night will mark Game Four in both series, with the second of three Mayos-Aguilas contests in Navojoa while Obregon is at Mazatlan again.

NAVOJOA 6-8-1, Mexicali 3-8-0
W-Gamboa (1-1).  L-Duarte (1-1).  T-2:51.  A-8,747.
Jesus Castillo hit a two-run bases-loaded single in a three-run fourth inning to help Navojoa top Mexicali, 6-3, Wednesday night at home.  Jose Amador chipped in with a double and solo homer for the Mayos, while pinch-hitter Eliseo Aldazaba cracked a two-run homer to straightway center in the bottom of the seventh.  C.J Retherford homered and added a single for the Aguilas, but it wasn't Mexicali's night.
Eddie Gamboa had another good start for Navojoa in posting his first playoff win, going seven innings and allowing two earned runs.  Marco Duarte, on the other hand, was not long for this world in giving up four runs over 3.1 frames for the Aguilas.  The win was Navojoa's first of the semis after the Mayos dropped the first two contests in Mexicali.

Obregon 4-9-0, MAZATLAN 2-6-1
W-Reyes (1-1).  L-Silva (1-1).  T-3:14.  A-10,178.
Veteran second baseman Carlos Valencia continued his hot postseason at the plate by bopping an RBI single and belting a solo home run to pace Obregon to a 4-2 win at Mazatlan Wednesday.  Valencia now has an LMP-best four homers and 13 RBIs in nine playoff games.  Justin Greene aided the Yaquis cause by going 3-for-4 at the plate to bring his postseason average up to a cool .400  as Obregon took a 2-games-to-1 lead in the series while Alex Liddi had a run-scoring single and later came around to score on Valencia's single in the Yaquis' fateful three-run third inning.  Jeremias Pineda had a productive night at the plate for the Venados with two singles, two RBI's and an stolen base.
David Reyes turned in a good mound outing for Obregon, letting in two runs in six innings with six strikeouts.  Walter Silva took the loss for Mazatlan after coughing up four scores in six frames.