By Juan Páez
This Thursday’s matchday in the Mexican Pacific League featured the fierceness of Cuban hitters at its best. Of the seven West Indian sluggers who saw action, six had at least one hit and six also scored or produced runs.
You have to start with Yadir Drake. The right fielder was released to bat in the victory of the Algodoneros de Guasave 8 × 5 against the Naranjeros de Hermosillo and he had four hits in five legal at-bats. One of his singles came in the fourth inning to drive in runs four and five for his club. In all, he drove in two (7), scored two, stole his first base of the year and even had an assist from the right field. His average is at .348.
The Mayos de Navojoa defeated the Tomateros de Culiacán 7 × 3 with the help of Roel Santos and Maikel Serrano, who were also in a stellar plan from the box. The first of them went 5-2, with a pair of runs, a strikeout and a cheated pad (to reach three) (.283).
As for Serrano, the Cuban slugger singled in three trips to the plate, with a pair of made (15), two walks and a fan (.353). Maikel remains the driving force behind the Mexican circuit in the nascent season, with an advantage over Danny Ortiz, who has 14 charters with Sultanes de Monterrey.
But there is more to Cubans in action. Ronnier Mustelier is another who continues to put together good performances on offense, this time with his first double of the season. He went 2-1, with one RBI (2), two runs scored and three walks received (.267). In fact, he already accumulates seven passports in the 2021-2022 campaign, so his on-base percentage is a high .405.
Félix Pérez continues to wake up for the Charros de Jalisco. After hitting a home run Wednesday, this time he made a hairline (10) and hit a single on two valid chances, scored and walked (.225). Josuan Hernández, with the Cañeros de Los Mochis, tied 4-1, with a return to the box and a walk (.265).
The only one to go blank was Yoelkis Guibert (Tomateros de Culiacán). The outfielder missed all four legal at-bats he consumed and even struck out in one of them (.200).
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THE HAND WAS GOING TO Yadir Drake and Roel Santos, Serrano TOW LEADER. Winter Cuban Summary