Puebla has won the Mexican League South Division Championship Series over Yucatan to clinch a berth in the Serie del Rey, but it'll take one more game to determine who represents the LMB North.
The Pericos knocked out the Leones, 4-3, in 13 innings in Game Six Sunday at Merida's Parque Kukulkan to win the set, 4 games to 2. In the other DCS, the Monterrey Sultanes held off Tijuana, 5-3, Sunday as more than 20,000 fans watched at Estadio Monterrey. That tied things after six games between the two sides, so they'll go at it again Monday night in Monterrey for the LMB North crown and a shot at Puebla for the Liga pennant.
Puebla 4-8-0, YUCATAN 3-9-2 (13) (Puebla wins the series, 4 games to 2)
W-C. Gaudin. L-A. Barraza. HR-Barton (P). T-4:47. A-12,000.
LMB batting champion Cesar Tapia swatted a double off Yucatan reliever Jesus Barraza to drive in Ruben Rivera with the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th inning and Puebla held on to beat the Leones, 4-3, to win the LMB South title and a shot at the city's first pennant since 1986. The two teams were tied at 2-2 before each adding a run in the 12th. Rivera drew a one-out walk off Barraza and scored from first one out later on Tapia's two-bagger to right. Pericos closer Chad Gaudin then retired the side in nine pitches in the bottom of the frame for the win and the Serie del Rey slot.
MONTERREY 5-9-1, Tijuana 3-12-0 (Series tied at 3 games apiece)
W-Mar. Gonzalez. L-R. Diaz. SV-Obispo. T-3:40. A-20,603.
Ramon Rios lined a fourth-inning, two-run single up the middle to give Monterrey the lead for good as the Sultanes held on for a 5-3 win over Tijuana Sunday night to tie their LMB North title series after six games. Rios added a two-run double in the sixth. Mario Gonzalez relieved starter Marco Tovar in the first and pitched 5.1 strong innings for the win. Wirfin Obispo went the final 2.2 frames for his fourth playoff save for Monterrey. Rios finished 3-for-5 with four ribbies. Vet infielder Oscar Robles had 3 hits and an RBI for the Toros. Game Seven is Monday night in Monterrey.
Tijuana (A. Sanabia 2-0, 0.75) at Monterrey (C. Carrillo 1-1, 0.82), 8:05pm EDT