Tijuana, Baja California (TorosDeTijuana.com-Armando Esquivel).- Nick Williams hit a two-run homer to tie the score in the ninth inning and Amadeo Zazueta hit the single that drove in a 5-4 win over Generales de Durango to open the series in the friendly confines of Chevron state.
In a four-hit night by Leandro Castro, the defending champion improved his record to 8-5 to remain in second place in the North Zone, a game and a half below the leader Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos.
Generales de Durango ignited their attack in the upper part of the second inning by ambushing Nick Struck, since with two outs Juan Uriarte and Óscar Sanay singled, so that Javier Sánchez’s double came later to push his two teammates and followed Aneury Tavárez with an unstoppable attack on the central defender who made it 3-0 on the board.
The “troop” added one more line in the second inning with a loose hit by Juan Rodríguez to right field that was enough for Alberth Martínez to complete the return to the field.
The defending champion cut their deficit in half with a walk to Isaac Rodriguez, a triple by Nick Williams and a single by Junior Lake to make it 4-2. Williams’ was the first triple for Toros de Tijuana in the campaign.
After that third inning, the effectiveness of the bullpen came to light, both for the visitors and the hosts, by hanging eleven rings in strict order, however, the last and most important could not be drawn by Generals closer Zach Hartman, when the “rush” equalized the board with his last breath.
Isaac Rodríguez led the charge in the bottom of the ninth inning with a single to center field and it didn’t take long for Nick Williams to hit his sideline with a blast that went over the left field fence for parity.
The hosts “cut to the chase” and avoided extra innings, since after the table and already with two outs, it was Leandro Castro’s turn who responded with a double and after an intentional pass to emerging Efrén Navarro, Amadeo Zazueta appeared to get dressed. with the hero sack with his hit to the left steppe that drove in pinch runner Christian Zazueta in a 5-4 win. That left generals lying.
ON THE MOUNTAIN
Nick Struck had the task of starting at the hill for Toros de Tijuana and left after four and two-thirds innings of four runs, twelve hits and four strikeouts.
Jesús Pirela, Roel Ramírez, Javy Guerra and Carlos Hernández worked in relief.
Alexis Portillo opened for Generales de Durango and endured two innings and two thirds of a couple of runs, five hits, a walk and two transfers. He was helped efficiently by Edwyn Valle, José José, Juan Robles, Ozzie Méndez and Isaac Jiménez, until Zach Hartman flew the save and lost the game.
Toros de Tijuana will seek to tie up the series tomorrow when they meet Generales de Durango again in the second match of this first series that they will hold against the “troop” in the regular season.
The match is scheduled to start at 7:35 p.m. and the pitchers who will go on stage are Brennan Bernardino for the border team and Enderson Franco for the team led by Álvaro Espinoza.
TEAM 123 456 789 C H E
Durango 031 000 000 4 13 0
Tijuana 002 000 003 5 13 0
Winning pitcher: Carlos Hernandez (4-0)
Pitcher derrotado: Zach Hartman (1-1)
Home runs: (TIJ) Nick Williams (5)
Assistance: 14 thousand 21 fans
duration: 3 hours and 33 minutes
Ampayers: Jair Fernández (H), Hilario López (1B), Conrado Valenzuela (2B) and Juan Leyva (3B)