Winter League Playoffs 1/25 — Mayaguez Takes Puerto Rican Title; Obregon Sweeps Mexican Series
One early game, one later game, and then the really late Australian games…. The Dominican and Venezuelan Leagues are off today.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE (best of 9)
Indios de Mayaguez 5, Criollos de Caguas 2
Los Indios de Mayaguez won the Puerto Rican League best-of-9 championship series with their 5th win over Los Criollos. Los Indios scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd with two singles, a walk, a 2-RBI double, and an RBI single. They added some insurance with a 2-run homer in the 8th. Bobby Livingston made the start and earned the win for Los Indios, going into the 6th inning. He allowed 2 runs — one in the 3rd ininng on a pair of doubles, and one in the 6thon a double and a single. Justin Thomas pitched the top of the 9th for Mayaguez, and earned a Save as he retired the side in order to finish the game and the series.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (best of 7)
Yaquis de Obregon 19, Algodoneros de Guasave 0
Los Yaquis, who have won all 3 games so far in this championship series, began Game 4 with 5 runs in the top of the 1st — a solo homer by SS Alfredo Amezaga, a run on an error and a single, and a 3-run homer. A solo homer and a run on two singles and a hit batter (Amezaga) added 2 runs in the 6th. Then Los Yaquis exploded for 11 runs in the 7th inning, putting the game, and the championship series into their pockets. Fourteen Obregon batters came to the plate in the 7th, and after 8 singles, two doubles, and two walks, 11 runs had crossed the plate. Meanwhile, the Obregon pitchers held the Guasave batters to 6 hits. The first 11 Guasave batters went down in order, before they got a single in the 4th. The win gives Obregon a 4-game sweep of the series, for their second straight championship.
Sydney Blue Sox 5, Adelaide Bite 3
Two Sydney errors helped the Bite score, but the Blue Sox made up for their mistakes with hits for the win. A 2-run homer began the scoring for Sydney in the 3rd, followed by a run on a walk, a hit batter, and an RBI single in the same inning. They made it a 3-0 lead with another run in the 4th. The Bite got onto the scoreboard in the 5th with a run on two singles and an error, and another run on an RBI single. Both teams scored a run in the 7th. Sydney scored on a walk, a stolen base and a single. 1B Calvin Anderson led off the bottom of the 7th by reaching second base on a fielding error. He advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a sacrifice fly. Neither Anderson nor 3B Stefan Welch had a hit in the game.
In the other Australian League game, the top seed Perth Heat fell to the second place Melbourne Aces, 8-7. The game took 10 innings. The Aces scored the winning run in the top of the 10th on a walk, a single, and a fielding error.