The rain-lengthened gap (all 72 hours of it) between summer and winter ball has passed and ATF is back to recap the performances of former Indians in the Mexican Pacific League (The Indians/Guardians almost never assign current prospects to this league), the first winter league to start its season.  These early articles will be sparse, but that will all change next week when the Arizona Fall League makes its triumphant return.  For now, let’s head south of the border for Opening Day…

Charros de Jalisco 4, Sultanes de Monterrey 2

Brennan Bernardino (Jalisco, RP): H (1), 0.2 IP, perfect – Bernardino, who pitched in five games in the Indians org in 2019 (three for then High-A Lynchburg and two for Double-A Akron), ended the top of the sixth on a caught stealing and induced a 4-3 groundout to start the seventh.

Tomateros de Culiacán 7, Venados de Mazatlan 6 (10 innings)

Derrick Loop (Culiacan, RP): W (1-0), 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB – “El Gringolichi” came up big for his adopted hometown on Opening Day, getting the last out of regulation innings and pitching a scoreless tenth to allow the Tomateros to walk it off in the bottom of the frame on a sac fly by backup SS Mateo Gil that scored 3B Emmanuel Avila.

In other action, the Naranjeros de Hermosillo defeated the Aguilas de Mexicali 8-0.

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