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MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Venados de Mazatlan 7, Algodoneros de Guasave 5
Guasave took an early lead with a 4-run bottom of the 1st inning, which included a 3-run inside-the-park home run by 3B Marshall McDougall. Not to be outdone, Mazatlan's CF Ruben Rivera led off the top of the 2nd with his own inside-the-park home run. A double and a single put two runners into scoring position for Los Venados after the homer. The runner from third scored when RF Rogelio Noris bounced into a double play. Guasave scored again in the 3rd, for a 5-2 lead. Mazatlan crept closer with an over-the-fence homer in the top of the 5th, and got within one run with an unearned run in the top of the 7th. Mazatlan took the final lead in the top of the 8th, on two walks and (what else?) the third inside-the-park home run, this one by LF Jon Weber. Noris went 0-for-5, but he also reached base on a fielder's choice and st...
Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.