Manny Bañuelos delivered a solid start and reigning two-time Mexican Pacific League champions Tomateros de Culiacán kicked off their best-of-seven semifinal with a 4-2 win over Algodoneros de Guasave on Tuesday night.
Bañuelos (1-0) covered six innings in which he gave up two runs and six hits with six strikeouts to win the game, while the setback went to Rafael Córdova’s record (0-1) after allowing a touchdown in his relief of one entry third.
Ramiro Peña was 4-2 with two RBIs and Jesús Fabela, pinch-hitting in the seventh inning, went 2-2 with an RBI to lead the Tomateros attack.
In Jalisco, former MLB player Christian Villanueva hit 4-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs, Amadeo Zazueta drove in two touchdowns with a double and the Charros defeated the Sultanes de Monterrey 7-4 at the start of your series.
Alexandro Tovalin (1-0) retired one and a third without allowing runs to win the game, and Linder Castro (0-1) lost it after allowing a pair of touchdowns in a third of inning.