Valdez gets a no decision after 7 innings of brilliant pitching

Photo: Leones
Cesar Valdez. Photo: Leones

Merida, Yucatan — The Leones’ Cesar Valdez pitched brilliantly through seven innings, striking out 12 and allowing just one run.

But it wasn’t enough to save the Leones, who lost to Laguna 4-3 Saturday after Eric Aguilera hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning.

California-born Jonathan Jones hit his sixth home run for the season and singled for the Leones. Alex Liddi reached base four times.

Alejandro Martinez (1-0) got the win in relief while closer Ronald Belisario (1-5) took the loss.

The single by Aguilera capped a three-run inning and gave the Algodoneros a 4-3 lead after Francisco Ferreiro hit a two-run double earlier in the inning.

After snapping a five-game losing streak, Laguna returns to Parque Kukulcán Alamo for the three-game series’ tie-breaker today at 5:45 p.m.

Laguna’s Yohan Flande (0-0, 6.75 ERA) and the Leones’ José Samayoa (1-2, 3.04 ERA) will duel it out on the mound.

Sources: Associated Press, Leones

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