Winter Leagues Week 2

Good morning! While MLB moves toward it’s conclusion for this year, things are just getting started in the winter leagues. A surprising power surge is one of the highlights, as are some steady pitching performances. So take a look inside to get all the latest news.

Mexican Pacific League

Cañeros de los Mochis

The bats came out for Los Mochis on Sunday as the pounded out 13 hits in a 7-5 victory over Mazatlan. Centerfielder Eddy Martinez’s hot start to the season continued, as he blasted a solo home run and a double in going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Right-hander Juan Gamez nailed down the win with a scoreless ninth inning. Los Mochis 7 – Mazatlan 5

On Tuesday, the Cañeros remained on the positive side of the ledger even with a 6-4 loss to Hermosillo. Eddy Martinez remained steady in his overall game, contributing by going 1-for-5 with an RBI at the plate. Hermosillo 6 – Los Mochis 4

It was doubleheader day in the LMP on Wednesday as the Cane-growers took Game One from Hermosillo by a 6-2 margin. Eddy Martinez popped his second home run of the season, a solo shot, as he went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI in the victory. Los Mochis 6 – Hermosillo 2, 7 innings

In Game Two on Wednesday, Los Mochis dropped a 4-1 decision to Hermosillo. Centerfielder Eddy Martinez was 1-for-4 in the loss. Hermosillo 4 – Los Mochis 1, 7 innings

The Cañeros fell back to .500 on Thursday as they stumbled against Hermosillo 5-1. Providing the only run for Los Mochis was Eddy Martinez, who lifted his third home run this winter while going 1-for-4. Hermosillo 5 – Los Mochis 1

Friday saw the Cane-growers moved back into the plus-side of the win column as the powered past Jalisco 8-1. The main reason was centerfielder Eddy Martinez, who continued his power surge. Martinez thumped a grand slam in the fifth inning and added a solo home run in the seventh. For the night, Martinez was 2-for-5 with two home runs and 5 RBI. Los Mochis 8 – Jalisco 1

Los Mochis ended the week on a positive note, defeating Jalisco 3-2 on Saturday to move their record to 6-4 on the season. Despite giving up an earned run in the ninth, Juan Gamez nailed down his third save with three strikeouts around two hits and a walk. Eddy Martinez remained hot, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Los Mochis 3 – Jalisco 2

Mayos de Navojoa

Navojoa continues to stumble out of the gate as they fell to Hermosillo 3-2 on Sunday. Former Cubs right-handed prospect Marco Carrillo got the start for the Mayos and went six innings, giving up an earned run on six hits and a walk.

With only their second victory of the season, the Mayos were able to take advantage of 13 hits to beat Mazatlan 6-1 on Thursday. Felix Doubront was able to finish things out by pitching around a hit, striking out two in a clean ninth inning.

Naranjeros de Hermosillo

Javier Assad (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Javier Assad (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Hermosillo kept pace with the league leaders on Sunday as they edged Navojoa 3-2. Right-handed starter Javier Assad got the call for the Naranjeros and scattered six hits over three innings. The lone blemish for Assad was a solo home run in the third as he struck out two in the win. Hermosillo 3 – Navojoa 2

The Naranjeros ran into a buzzsaw on Saturday, as they were no match for Obregon in a 5-0 loss. Starter Javier Assad took the loss, but pitched fairly well. Assad allowed two runs (one earned) on hit and four walks, while striking out three in four innings. Obregon 5 – Hermosillo 0

Tomateros de Culiacan

Culiacan started the week out right by evening their record at 2-2 with a 3-2 win over Guasave on Sunday. First baseman Efren Navarro remained on fire, going 2-for-4 with a double, two walks, and an RBI in the victory.

In game two of a doubleheader on Wednesday, the Tomateros edged their record closer to .500 with a 12-4 win over Jalisco. Efren Navarro contributed to the lopsided outcome by going 1-for-2 with an RBI.

The Tomatomen evened their record at 4-4 on Thursday bey thrashing Jalisco 12-2. Efren Navarro was 1-for-5 with a run scored while playing in both left and right field as well as first base.

There was excitement for Culiacan on Friday, as they rallied for three runs in the bottom of the twelfth to get past Mazatlan 6-5. Providing the extra inning dramatics was Efren Navarro, who’s walk-off 2 run blast was the winning margin. Navarro was also 2-for 6 with a double to add to his heroics.

Venados de Mazatlan

Mazatlan remained in search of their second win on Sunday as they bowed to Los Mochis 7-5. Outfielder Anthony Giansanti remained productive as he went 1-for-3 with two walks, a run scored, and an RBI in the loss.

The Venados evened their record in Game One of a doubleheader on Wednesday, defeating Navojoa 4-3. Centerfielder Anthony Giansanti went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the victory.

The Stags then went out and repeated their performance in Game Two on Wednesday with another 4-3 win over Navojoa. Reliever Ferrol Heredia faced only one batter, giving up a walk. Outfielder Anthony Giansanti was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Mazatlan 4 – Navojoa 3, 7 innings

On Friday, Mazatlan thought they had the game won in the top of the twelfth, but gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning to lose 6-5 to Culiacan. The Stags wasted a 3-for-6 with a stolen base and a run scored effort from Anthony Giansanti.

The Venados closed out the week with another loss to Culiacan on Saturday, this time 6-4. Anthony Giansanti continued to play well, poking his first home run of the season, a three-run shot, as he was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI.

Yaquis de Obregon

Jose Albertos

Jose Albertos

The only unbeaten team in the LMP, Obregon flexed their muscles on Sunday in an 11-2 win over Mexicali. Right-hander Jose Albertos started off the ninth inning and did his job, striking out the only batter he faced. Obregon 11 – Mexicali 2

The Yaquis remained perfect on Wednesday as they took Game One of a doubleheader 8-2 from Guasave. Former relief prospect Mario Meza pitched a clean sixth inning, setting down the side in order to gain the victory.

In Game Two on Wednesday, the Tribe extended their winning streak to 7 as they edged Guasave 1-0. Jesus Camargo got a rare start and gave up only two hits while striking out 3 in five scoreless innings. Former catching prospect Sergio Burrell was 1-for-3 with a double in the win. Obregon 1 – Guasave 0, 7 innings

Obregon pushed their record to 8-0 on Thursday with two runs in the seventh to double-up Guasave 2-1. Mario Meza earned his second save of the season with a walk and a strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning.

After stumbling on Friday, the Yaquis were back on the wining track on Saturday as they dispatched Hermosillo 5-0. Mario Meza picked up a hold as he surrendered a hit and a walk in 0.2 scoreless innings.

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  • Martinez .448 for the week with 5 homers. Move over Mike Trout!!

  • Don't get too excited about a 25 almost 26 yr old just yet.

  • In reply to NilesNorth:

    Randy Arazorena was 25 when he got to the bigs this year, though he did have a lot of folks projecting his Prodigious hitting skills for a couple of years.

  • Always skeptical of older guys making it with ‘help’

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