The Charros de Jalisco’s dream of representing Mexico in the Serie de Caribe next month in Zapopan died on a ball park in Navojoa, Sonora on Wednesday night.
Down 2-3 after five games of the seven-game Mexican Pacific League semi-final series, the Charros were unable to muster a rally and exited the competition after losing out to the Mayos de Navojoa in the sixth encounter..
Hopes were high as the Charros shut out their opponents through five innings, notching up two runs in reply. But a nightmare sixth inning saw the Mayos drive in four runs. From them on, the Charros’ hitters were dominated by the Mayos’ classy bullpen, much to the delight of the partisan home crowd.
After a solid start with nine strike outs through five, Charros’ opening pitcher Tyler Alexander was kept on the mound in the sixth, in which he gave up two runs before being relieved. It was a sad end to a season in which the U.S. leftie had been a standout.
The biggest disappointment of the semi-final series was the poor form of Manny Ramirez, the Charros’ run leader of the regular season.
In the final, the Mayos will face the Tomateros de Culiacan, beginning Saturday, January 20. The winner will represent Mexico in the Series de Caribe February 3-8 at the Charros Stadium in Zapopan. Competing in this international series are league winners from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic.