The Charros de Jalisco weren’t able to repeat their championship wining form of last year, crashing out to the Los Mochis Cañeros in the first round of the Mexican Pacific League (LMP) playoffs last week.
The Guadalajara-based baseball team lost the deciding seventh game of the series, 3-4, at the Charros Stadium Friday, January 10.
With 17,000 fans roaring on their team, the Charros took to the field at the top of the ninth with a 3-2 advantage. But Rodolfo Amador and Josuán Hernández drove in runs for Los Mochis, whose closers got the three final outs to secure a sensational victory that silenced the capacity crowd.
Despite the loss, Charros coach Raymundo Padilla qualified the season as “positive.” During the regular season – and for the second year running – the Charros led the ten-team league in hits, RBIs and home runs.
The semi-final line-up sees the Cañeros take on the Tomateros de Culiacán, and the Venados de Mazatlán face the Yaquis de Ciudad Obregón, the only one of the four teams not from the state of Sinaloa.