Wednesday, November 7
- Saguaros 6, Javelinas 2 (box | recap). Will Venable, playing right field and batting eighth, doubled and homered in four at-bats. Jonathan Ellis worked a perfect eighth, striking out one.
- Escogido 6, Azucareros 1 (box). Welcome to the Vince Sinisi show. Batting third and playing left field, Sinisi singled and homered twice in five trips to the plate.
- Navojoa 4, Mochis 3 (box). Oscar Robles, in his usual #2 spot, singled and walked in four plate appearances.
- Culiacan 8, Mexicali 7 (box). Jared Wells entered in the seventh inning of a 2-2 tie. Wells gave up three runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning; the big blow was a two-run homer by former big-leaguer Reggie Taylor.
- Hermosillo 3, Mazatlan 1 (box). Brian Myrow, batting cleanup, went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
Thursday, November 8
- Saguaros 9, Scottsdale 1 (box | recap). Venable, playing right field and batting fourth, went 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts. Matt Antonelli, starting at DH and batting eighth, went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout; he’s hitting .240/.345/.300. Nick Hundley went 3-for-4 with a double out of the #9 hole.
- Navojoa 6, Mochis 4 (box). Robles singled twice and walked in five trips to the plate.
- Mazatlan 7, Hermosillo 4 (box). Myrow went 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout.
Friday, November 9
- Scottsdale 10, Saguaros 3 (box | recap). Venable batted sixth in this one and singled in four at-bats; he’s playing a lot of right field. John Hudgins (7.20 ERA, 6.30 K/9) started and gave up five runs on four hits and a walk in three innings; the right-hander fanned three and allowed a solo homer to Tampa Bay’s Reid Brignac. Will Startup (0.87 ERA, 6.97 K/9) worked a 10-pitch sixth, retiring all three batters he faced, including two strikeouts.
- Estrellas 8, Escogido 1 (box). Sinisi singled twice in three at-bats.
- Mochis 3, Mazatlan 2 (box). Myrow singled twice and walked in four plate appearances.
- Obregon 5, Mexicali 3 (box). Wells (6.00 ERA, 6.60 K/9) allowed one hit and two walks (both intentional) in one inning of work; no runs were charged to him, but both runners he inherited came around to score.
- Navojoa 6, Hermosillo 5 (box). Robles went 3-for-5. Luis Cruz, starting in center and batting third (!), went 0-for-4 with a walk.
- Lara 3, Caracas 2 (box). Paul Abraham faced one batter in the ninth and allowed the winning run to score on a fielders choice play to shortstop Omar Vizquel.
Saturday, November 10
- Phoenix 5, Saguaros 2 (box | recap). Venable (.234/.272/.416) went 0-for-4 out of the #6 hole. Hundley (.286/.366/.429) went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. Ellis (6.10 ERA, 7.84 K/9) coughed up two runs in the seventh to take the loss.
- Escogido 14, Licey 5 (box). Sinisi went 0-for-4 with a walk; what a bum.
- Navojoa 6, Hermosillo 5 (box). Robles went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Cruz made his second straight start in center field and again batted third. He homered, doubled, and walked in five trips to the plate; Cruz finished the game at shortstop and committed an error in the 12th that almost cost Navojoa the game.
- Mazatlan 3, Mochis 1 (box). Myrow singled twice and walked three times in five plate appearances.
- Caracas 10, Magallenes 6 (box). Abraham struck out the side in order in the ninth; among his victims was former Houston Astros outfielder Richard Hidalgo, who’d homered earlier in the game.
Sunday, November 11
- Azucareros 8, Licey 2 (box). Yordany Ramirez (.296/.296/.370) saw his first action since a Nov. 6 pinch-running appearance; he started in left field and went 0-for-4 out of the #8 hole.
- Aguilas 8, Escogido 7 (box). Sinisi singled and struck out in five at-bats; He’s hitting .328/.373/.623 for Escogido.
- Mazatlan 11, Mochis 2 (box). Myrow (.351/.519/.526) went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer for Mazatlan.
- Navojoa 5, Hermosillo 4 (box). Robles singled and doubled in five at-bats; he’s batting .322/.398/.466 for Navojoa. Cruz again started in center and went 1-for-4; he’s now at .221/.299/.375.
- Caracas 10, Magallenes 6 (box). Busy weekend for Abraham (2.38 ERA, 8.74 K/9), who struck out the only batter he faced to pick up the win; he’s fanned each of the last four batters he’s faced.
That’s all for now; more as it happens…