Viva Los Toros: Tijuana Toros Weekly Recap #5

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Tijuana Toros weekly recap

The Tijuana Toros started the second half of the season after the All-Star break. The North Zone won the game with a nice performance by Juan Apodaca and Jason Urquídez. Tijuana had a couple of series at Gasmart Stadium against two South Zone teams. It was a rough week.

Vs Tigres

Game 1: Losing Start

The Tijuana Toros had to battle the current Mexican League Champions, Quintana Roo Tigres and it wasn’t easy by any means.
The “Bulls” dropped to the fourth spot in the standings after a bad game overall. 7 to 1 was the final score in favor of the visiting team.
A four-run rally in the first inning and a thirteen hit attack helped Quintana Roo as they got the win in the first match up of the series.

Game 2: Pitching duel won by the Toros

Miguel Peña had a solid outing in a one to nothing win for Tijuana to tie the series. He was on the mound for six scoreless innings, only permiing a couple of hits as he punched out six and walked three.
Peña increased his number of innings without allowing a run to 17.
Tijuana scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the third inning after an RBI double by Olmo Rosario with a man on scoring position. The losing pitcher was Julián Arballo after being in the middle of the diamond for seven innings allowing just the one unearned run on three hits. He walked a pair of batters and had a strikeout.

Game 3: Toros came back once, not twice

Tijuana was down one to nothing in the bottom of the ninth inning when Mike Jacobs tied the game with a bloop single. However the Toros couldn’t get the walk off win. In the tenth the Tigres scored five times and Tijuana’s second come back try came up short as they only got a second run before losing 6-2 to drop the series. Jason Urquídez had an unlikely relief performance as he got his first loss of the year after earning five runs.

Vs Leones

Game 1: Rough outing for Rafa

The Tijuana Toros had a tough series against the Yucatán Leones. Rafael Díaz started the first game and it wasn’t pretty. Díaz lost his first game of the season after being in the mound for four and a third innings, he allowed four runs, six hits, only punched out one and walked three. 5-0 was the final score in favor of Yucatán. The Leones hit safely nine times in game one and Tijuana only had one hit.

Game 2: Toros blow lead

At one point Tijuana led 4-0 and it seemed that the Toros could tie the series with certain ease, but in the fourth inning the Leones turned on the switch and a big rally in the ninth won it. In that fourth Yucatán tied the game 4-4 and even though the “Bulls” got ahead again in the sixth by one, the visitors once again scored a run to tie. It was in the final act when the Leones had a three-run rally to secure an 8-5 victory. José Manuel López earned his second loss of the year and Tijuana would have a losing week.

Game 3: Leones complete the sweep

Mike Jacobs and Dustin Martin homered but it wasn’t enough to avoid another Toros loss. This time in the Sunday series finale at Gasmart. The fifth inning was the decisive one; with the score tied at one the Leones got three runs to go ahead and the Toros could only get two runs themselves to stay down a run. In the eighth Yucatán put the icing on the cake with a Ricardo Serrano two-run shot for a 6-3 final score. Barry Enright was on the mound for eight innings and was charged with the loss, his fourth of the year and now has a 6-4 record. It was a 1-5 week at home for Tijuana, who now has a day off on Monday and will start a long trip down south on Tuesday, first in Campeche and then in Ciudad del Carmen.

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