Tijuana Toros weekly recap
The Tijuana Toros started the week by visiting a very good Saltillo Saraperos team and then hosting once again the Aguascalientes Rieleros, for the second time in two weeks.
Game 1: Power off the bat in extras
The Tijuana Toros took the first game against the Saltillo Saraperos with a five-run tenth inning to win the game 8 to 3 on a nice come from behind victory. The “Bulls” were down two runs in the seventh, but tied things up on a throwing error by the Saltillo infield and then a wild pitch.
In the tenth, a pair of two run shots gave Tijuana the win with Edson García and Roberto López putting it over the wall.
José Manuel López got his third win of the season in an inning of relief pitching for the Toros.
Game 2: Wild one with “no pitching”
It was a crazy game as both teams combined for 33 runs and 33 hits. They even had five errors between the two clubs. Saltillo won it 19 to 14 and the box score should say enough.
The winning pitcher was Fernando Perez-Abreu (1-0) and the loser was one of two Toros pitchers that represented México in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier, Jesus García (3-2). The game lasted 4 hours and 18 minutes.
Game 3: Another comeback extra inning win
Down 2 to 1 in the ninth and with a man on second and two down, Emmanuel Valdez hit a single to center field to tie the game and in the tenth once again the team got a very important victory. With one out and a man on third base, Mike Jacobs got a sacrifice fly to center field to bring the winning run in on the spikes of Isaac Rodriguez for a 3-2 win. Jason Urquidez picked up his eleventh save of the season as Jose Manuel Lopez earned his fourth win on the year in relief (4-1).
Game 1: Batters up, literally, and more history
Rafael Díaz got career win 101 on a five inning effort earning four runs on five hits and striking out seven to get to 1,011 in Mexican League to lead the Toros to a commanding victory 16 to 5. Tijuana scored runs in all of the first five innings and over all connected nineteen hits on another solid offensive performance. Carlos Valencia hit a three run shot to get to six on the season and Dustin Martin a two-run dinger to bring his total to eight, as the “Bulls” took the first of a six game home stand before the All Star break.
Game 2: Hard extra innings lose
Carlos Valencia tied the game twice in extra innings but it wasn’t enough and the Toros lost 7 to 5 in the second game of the series.
Down by two in the bottom of the tenth, Valencia got a hit that helped bring in a pair to put the score 4-4. Then in the bottom of the twelfth losing by one, again Valencia hit a single to bring home the tying run at five runs apiece. In inning number 13 the Rieleros score two times and that was good enough for the win.
Game 3: Toros drop the series
Tijuana got two runs in the ninth inning to make it a game but ended up falling short and lost 4 to 3 in the last game of the series against Rieleros. With this result, the Toros share third place in the North Zone with Aguascalientes as they both have a 25-20 record and are five games behind both Monterrey Sultantes and Monclova Acereros, who are tied in first place.