Tijuana Toros weekly recap Week 2
The Tijuana Toros started a six game home stand by hosting the Aguascalientes Rieleros and then the México City Diablos Rojos on a very important week to try to get in the top three of the North Zone.
Game 1: Walk off win on Mother’s Day
The Tijuana born and raised, Oscar Robles was the hero in the first game after he hit a one out game winning single to center field in the bottom of the ninth inning with a man on second base on México’s Mother’s Day.
5-4 was the final score to push the “Bulls” four games over .500. Miguel Peña made his Toros debut on a five inning effort where he struck out three batters and conceded eleven hits. He also walked a couple of batters allowing three runs on a no decision. Closer Jason Urquídez got his second win of the year for the Toros.
Edson Garcia was activated to the 30-man roster on Tuesday after healing from a fissure on his foot back on April 9th. The outfielder only played in three games before he got injured and now looks to bounce back and play the rest of the season. He played over the past week in Norther Mexican League (Double-A) Toros’ affiliate Tecate Toritos. Carlos Valencia was placed on the disabled list after a collision on home plate with Diablos catcher José Figueroa over the past weekend.
Game 2: Héctor Ambriz pitches Toros to victory
Tijuana took the second game of the series and leapfrogged the Rieleros into third place in the North Zone after a 4-1 win at home.
Starting pitcher Héctor Ambriz allowed only one run in a six inning outing where Aguascalientes connected with only four hits. Another solid start by the Toros staff as Ambriz got six strikeouts and walked four. The Californian righty got his third win of the season and has now a 0.96 ERA. Juan Apodaca hit a two run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning for his second in as many nights and now has 23 runs batted in on the season.
Game 3: The “Bulls” sweep
The Toros had a great game from Juan Apodaca again as he blasted another dinger. His third consecutive game hitting a home run and his seventh of the year, as Tijuana swept Aguascalientes with a 5-3 final score. It was the team’s first sweep of the season.
Jesús García got his third win (3-1) of the year in an inning of relief ball and Jason Urquídez earned the save (10).
Verses Diablos Rojos
Game 1: Enright in the franchise record books
Barry Enright got his fifth win of the season (5-1) on another solid performance and the Toros won their ninth game out of the last ten, as Tijuana beat México City 5-2 in the first game of the series.
Enright allowed two runs in six and a third innings of work before 14,896 fans in attendance at Gasmart Stadium. With the win Barry now has twelve as a member of the Toros, tying former big leaguers Walter Silva and José Contreras as the all-time franchise leaders in that category.
Game 2: Diablos close to pitch no-hitter
Not until the eighth inning did the Toros got a pair of hits in a strange game. None the less, miscues provided the team’s only run in the seventh without breaking the no-hitter. With the score 11-0, a pair of errors by the Diablos’ infield helped Tijuana break the shutout. In the bottom of the eight it was Isaac Rodriguez who helped avoid the no-hitter. The team got another single later in that inning. 12-1 was the final score in a night to forget for Tijuana.
Game 3: The Red Devils in the series
México City got the win 10-3 on getaway day on a good performance by David Reyes. He was on the hill for seven innings of three hit ball allowing three runs, walking a couple and striking out two batters. Miguel Peña was the losing pitcher for Tijuana after giving up five runs on four and a third innings.
On Tuesday the Toros will travel to Saltillo to face the Saraperos on a three game series. Tijuana is in third place on the North Zone with a 22-17 record just 3.5 games behind Monclova, Monterrey is second 1.5 back.