Guadalajara, Jalisco (TorosDeTijuana.com-Armando Esquivel).- Nick Williams unloaded two panoramic home runs, one of them with loaded bases among his five hits and Toros de Tijuana overwhelmed Mariachis de Guadalajara 19-5 to win the series at the Pan American Stadium .
The border team also had great strikes from Junior Lake, Renae Martínez and Leandro Castro, the latter with full trails, to go to his fifth victory of the tour and improve his record to 6-3.
It was the first time Toros de Tijuana had won a regular season series at the home of Mariachis de Guadalajara.
The defending champion took the lead in the second inning with an RBI single by Amadeo Zazueta, then came Renae Martínez’s homer with two on base and Félix Pérez closed with a double that made it 5-0.
The hosts discounted with three runs that were driven in by Luis Sardiñas, who led Stevie Wilkerson with a single and then Fernando Pérez produced a pair with a hit to left field.
Toros de Tijuana put “feet in dust” from the fourth chapter with a mammoth home run by Nick Williams, who blew the center field wall with a bombardment of almost five hundred feet that he charged with Renae Martínez and in that same act Junior Lake he joined the party with a solo board down the left for 8-3.
The response of the people from Guadalajara was timid with a little run at the bottom of that episode when Dean Nevárez scored with an unstoppable hit by Anthony García, but the “burels” sent the duel to the freezer when the fifth roll was inaugurated with a new five-run attack.
Isaac Rodríguez produced the hard way when he was hit with bases loaded and then Nick Williams reappeared to disappear the ball with another long shot over the right field fence that turned into a “grand slam”.
Two more in the sixth round when Leandro Castro scored with a wild pitch by Luis Niebla and Efrén Navarro with a grounder by José Guadalupe Chávez to make it 15-4.
The final slate was made up by Leandro Castro in the upper part of the ninth inning when he appeared to bat with the bases loaded and hit a home run to the left. It was the first time that Toros de Tijuana unloaded two “grandslams” in the same game.
Nick Williams was the spark plug in the winning offense with five hits, two of them homers, six RBIs and four runs scored. Junior Lake and Leandro Castro added three hits each, while Félix Pérez, Efrén Navarro, Amadeo Zazueta and Renae Martínez collaborated with a pair of hits each.
ON THE MOUNTAIN
Carlos Hernández was the winning pitcher by covering two and a third innings without a hit or a run, with two strikeouts and did not give away walks either. It was the third victory for the Californian this season and he reached 32 with Toros de Tijuana, a high figure in the history of the club.
Hernández replaced Arturo Reyes and starter Kyle Lobstein, who spent two and a third innings of three runs, five hits, three walks and four chocolates.
Jesús Pirela, Roel Ramírez in his debut and Anthony and Herrera finished.
The defeat was scored for Marco Carrillo by being punished with eight runs and ten hits in just three and a third rounds. He was followed by Mike Kickham, Jesse Estrada, Román Peña, Luis Niebla, Érik Martínez and Nestor Anguamea.
THEY ARE COMING BACK HOME
Toros de Tijuana closed their first tour of the 2022 season and will return home for a full week’s stay in which they will face Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos from Tuesday to Thursday and Generales de Durango from Friday to Sunday.
The probable pitchers for the first game are Tyler Alexander for Tijuana and Junior Guerra for the binational team.
TEAM 123 456 789 C H E
Tijuana 050 352 004 19 19 1
Guadalajara 003 100 000 4 8 2
Winning pitcher: Carlos Hernandez (3-0)
Lost pitcher: Marco Carrillo (0-2)
Home Runs: (TIJ) Renae Martínez (1), Nick Williams 2(4), Junior Lake (2) and Leandro Castro (1)
Duration: 3 hours and 45 minutes