Not today Satan: Leones conquer Diablos 6-3 in playoff series opener

Jones knocks it out of the park, twice, as Negrin quiets the best offensive team in the Mexican League

The Leones' Jonathan Jones contribute heavily to his team's playoff win on Saturday. Photo: Leones
The Leones’ Jonathan Jones contributed heavily to his team’s playoff win on Saturday. Photo: Leones

Mexico City — The South Zone Championship Series got off to a good start for the Leones when Jonathan Jones hit a pair of solo homers and four hits to top the Diablos Rojos del Mexico 6-3 on Saturday.

Picking up the win, Yoanner Negrin (15-7) allowed just three hits and one run, while walking one, over seven innings.

It was the Diablos’ first home-game loss this season at Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium.

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Mexico cut the deficit to 2-1 in the third after Carlos Figueroa hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Armando Araiza.

After Yucatan added a run in the fifth on a single by Alex Liddi, the Leones extended their lead in the seventh inning when Luis Juarez hit a two-run home run.

The Leones tacked on another run in the ninth when Jones hit a solo home run.

The Diablos’ Matt Gage (10-6) went six innings, allowing three runs and four hits. He also struck out four and walked four.

Playoff action resumed at 1 p.m. today (Sunday) in Mexico City and comes to Merida’s Kukulcan Alamo Stadium starting Tuesday.

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CLUB
123
456
789
RHE
YUC
110
010
201
670
MEX
001
000
002
371

PG: Negrín (1-0)

PD: Gage (0-1)

SV: None

HR: Jones 2 (2), Juárez (1) for YUC

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