Game Seven thriller brings Monclova its first Serie Del Rey title for the Mexican League.
The national pastime belongs to more than just America. Independent leagues in Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Taiwan all play high-caliber baseball. Overtime Heroics keeps you informed on all aspects of sports, so here is the first in our two-part series rounding up 2019’s international professional baseball championships.
In a thrilling seven-game battle, the Acereros de Monclava prevailed over the Leones de Yucatan. The Steelers and Lions swapped the series lead a combined four times to produce one of the closest contests in recent Mexican League history.
Before 8,500 fans at home, the Steelers brought their first title to Monclava, an industrial and financial success town in northern Mexico. The championship was the perfect capstone to the Acereros’ dominant season. With the best winning percentage in the entire 16-team league, they were the arguable favorites to prevail in the King Series.
Game Seven featured starters Conor Harber for the Steelers and Jose Samayoa for the Lions. Harber, an Oregon native previously in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system, tossed a respectable five and one-third innings. He surrendered just two earned runs on a home run by red-hot Alex Liddi. The Lions capitalized on an error by Eric Young, Jr in the fourth (yes, that Eric Young, Jr). The Sinoloan Sebastian Valle launched a three-run blast that gave Yucatan the lead.
However, the Lions pitching was in for a troubling night. Samayoa lasted just four innings after exhibiting poor control and being rocked for three runs, two hits, and four walks. Noah Perio took advantage with a two-run shot.
Samayoa’s relievers did not fare much better. Miguel Pena could not record an out and gave up a three-run homer to former Angels all-star Erick Aybar. Facing Manny Parra, Aybar doubled to drive in Alex Mejia in the sixth. Mejia’s turn to contribute with an RBI came in the seventh. Young made up for his error with a sneaky run-scoring bunt single in the same inning. Jose Amador singled in the Steelers’ last run in the eighth.
Perio was named the Series MVP behind his three home runs and .440 batting average.
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