The Tigres de Quintana Roo (Cancun) (16-26) defeated the Bravos de León (20-20) 12-4 at Estadio Domingo Santana in León on August 19. The win competed a series sweep for the Tigres, and the Bravos have lost four straight.
RF Ruben Sosa had a big day for the Tigres: 4-for-5 with three doubles, an RBI (on a sacrifice fly) and a run scored.
The Tigres started with two cheap runs in the top of the first. Sosa led off with a double, but the ball got from the outfield to second base well before Sosa did. However, the second baseman mussed the tag. Sosa then went to third when the Bravos failed to complete a double play. He then scored on a passed ball. Bravos starter LHP Carlos Teller then walked the next two batters, loading the bases. The next batter, C Francisco Cordoba, hit a ground ball to third base, and the third baseman threw to second for the force out. The call on the field was out at second, but the called was reviewed and overturned, allowing a run to score.
The Tigres got a double play in the bottom of the first, but with the bases empty, RF Quincy Latimore hit a double (Sosa just missed a sliding catch on the right field line) and scored on a single by CF Cedric Hunter.
The Tigres got two more in the second on an RBI single by 3B Brian Hernandez, and 2B Carlos Alberto Gastelum scoring on a ground out by 1B C.J. Retherford.
Tigres starter LHP Tyler Alexander helped his cause with a good defensive play in the bottom of the second. He knocked down a line drive by DH Felix Pie, then picked the ball off the ground and threw to first in time to get the out.
The Tigres scored the winning run in the top of the third, on a home run by Cordoba, and that ball got out of the park in a hurry.
The Bravos got back in the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. The inning started with singles by 3B Brandon Macias and LF Daniel Cornejo. The next batter, C Omar Renteria, put down a good bunt. He was called out at first, but the play was reviewed for a very long time, but the review confirmed the call on the field. SS Marco Jaime hit a sacrifice fly to score Macias. 1B Eduardo Arredondo then hit a single to score Cornejo. Latimore followed with a single, but Alexander got a strikeout to get out of the inning and end his day's work.
The Tigres stranded Sosa on third in the top of the sixth. Alexander's replacement. RHP Robert Garcia, was greeted with a leadoff home run by 2B Niko Vasquez. This cut the Tigres' lead to 5-4. The next batter, Pie, hit a ball that dribbled in front of the plate. The umpire called it a strikeout. Pie disagreed, and was ejected from the game. Garcia hit the next batter, Macias, on the batting helmet, and was relieved by Adrian C. Ramirez.
The Tigres started the top of the seventh with a walk. Jaime made an excellent catch of a ball in left field foul territory to get Cordoba out. After a hit by SS Rolando Acosta and a popup, Sosa hit an RBI double, and the Tigres led 6-4. They left the bases loaded.
Jaime opened the bottom of the seventh with a bunt, and there was a collision at first. He was out, and it took a while for him to get up. He was replaced in the top of the eighth. The Tigres then put the game away with a two-RBI double by Acosta and a two-RBI single by LF Ramon R. Ramirez. They completed the scoring with an RBI double by CF Corey Brown.
Alexander got the win, allowed three runs on seven hits, struck out two, walked two. Teller got the loss. Bravos pitchers hit a total of three batters. Acosta finished 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. The Tigres left 15 runners on base. Hunter finished 3-for-4 with one RBI.
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Six-time All-Star Fernando Valenzuela and his wife own the Tigres. Sosa (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) played college ball at Oklahoma City, was in the Astros organization 2011-15 and the Angels organization 2016-17. Hernandez (Van Nuys, CA) played college ball at UC Irvine, was in the Angels organization 2011-15. Gastelum (Huatabampo, Sonora) was in the Angels organization 1999-2001. Alexander (Tampa, FL) played college ball at Florida International, was in the Brewers organization 2013-14. He also played for the independent league Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. Acosta (Ciudad Obregon, Sonora) was in the White Sox organization in 2005. Brown (Tampa, FL) played college ball at Oklahoma State, played for the Nationals 2011-13, and the Red Sox in 2014. He played a total of 39 major league games, had a career average of .171. Retherford (Homestead, FL) played college ball at Arizona State, was in the White Sox organization 2007-12, and the Dodgers organization in 2013.
Teller (Managua, Nicaragua) was in the Pirates organization 2004-2008, and the Giants organization 2012-2013. He led the Nicaraguan League in wins, with a 7-0 record, in 2013-14.
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