The Toros started the week by introducing its newest player Jorge Cantu with a brief press conference before the start of the three-game series against the Campeche Piratas. Then, it was all said on the baseball diamond with a pretty good debut for the “Bronco” but it was a weird series loss to end the home stand.
Game 1: Jorge Cantú’s first game as a Toro ends walking-off
The Toros started off great; a five run rally in the first inning helped by a double from Jorge Cantu in his first at bat in Tijuana. They later added a couple of runs to lead 7-0, but that lead disappeared quickly. The Piratas got one in the fifth, one in the seventh and also worked a five run rally in the eight to tie it up. It was until the tenth that Dustin Martin hit a walk-off single with a man on second to win it 8-7 on a wild game at the end. Cantu had a double and a single in his border debut for the Toros.
Game 2: Toros fall short
Olmo Rosario hit a home run and Rafael Diaz went up a couple of steps towards the all-time most strikeout list. However Tijuana lost 7-5 as the series became tied. The veteran pitcher was on the mound for five innings in which he allowed five runs on four hits, walked four and struck out three to earn his 1,026 career strike out. He is now number 60 all-time passing legends Aurelio Monteagudo and Pablo Ortega.
Game 3: “Bulls” sink the pirate ship
Jose Guadalupe Chavez crushed a pair of home runs and added a single on a three-hit day, while Mike Jacobs and Dustin Martin also hit a laser home run each to help the Toros win the final game of the series by holding of Campeche in an 8-7 victory. Pitcher Jose Manuel Lopez got the win after blowing a three-run lead in the eighth inning on two hits, he walked a pair and struck out one batter. At the end, the Toros scored what would be the winning run after a fielder’s choice play with men on the corners. Jason Urquidez saved his 15th game of the season in the same amount of opportunities.
Game 1: Dolphins surprise
On the first game against Ciudad del Carmen the Toros didn’t look good. Carlos Valencia batted in the only two runs for his team as Tijuana dropped game one on Friday by a score of 5-2 before a crowd of 10,000 at Gasmart Stadium. Barry Enright was the losing pitcher on a five and two-third inning outing. He allowed the five runs for Delfines on eleven hits, walked one and struck out six.
Game 2: Toros bounce back on Miguel’s arm
Miguel Pena had a solid performance as Tijuana took the second game of the series by a score of 5-1. Pena was on the mound for eight strong innings, he didn’t allow any earned runs and again the Toros faithful made their presence felt as twelve thousand were in attendance on Saturday. Mike Jacobs hit his sixth home run of the season and Dustin Martin hit his fourteenth to help Tijuana tie the series.
Game 3: Delfines strike twice and take the series
Even though Olmo Rosario hit another home run and Horacio Ramirez had a quality start, things didn’t go well for Tijuana and Ciudad del Carmen took the series after winning the rubber game 5-4. Ramirez threw six innings allowing just two runs on four hits and striking out three, but the offense didn’t produce enough runs. With the score tied at three a piece in the eight, Jesus Rivera and Enrique Trujillo both hit RBI singles to give the “Dolphins” the lead. The Toros got one in the ninth, but couldn’t tie it up and lost by one run. The “Bulls” now have a long cross-country road trip starting off in Quintana Roo on Tuesday.