Irving Mijares has worked sparingly in a relief role throughout the season where he has recorded 18 strikeouts. But none have been more important than the two he recorded Friday night against Brownfield for the final two outs with the tying run sitting at second base.
Most of the excitement took place in the 6th inning where six runs were scored, four by the Cubs and two by the Mustangs. In the end, it was the Mustangs who came out on top 6-5 in a big district game for both squads.
After the Mustangs went up 2-0 after the first inning and 4-0 at the end of four, the Cubs came back with one in the top of the fifth and added four more in the top of the sixth to take their first lead at 5-4. But the Mustangs came back with two of their own in the bottom of the inning and then survived the Cubs last at bat to earn the win.
With one game left in the season the Mustangs, Cubs, and Lamesa are all sitting at 4-5 in the district standings, each one fighting for the last two playoff sports.
Sophomore Luis Rodriquez started the game for the Mustangs and pitched the first five innings. Cameron Garcia came on to pitch the next one and a third inning before Mijares came in and worked his magic in the top of the 7th inning.
After the Cubs went down in order to start the game Ivan Villarreal opened the bottom half of the inning reaching base on an error by the Cubs centerfielder that allowed him to reach second. After taking third on a pass ball, Luis brought Ivan in on a double to right center field. Luis also took third on still another pass ball and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Irving to right field.
Daven Blanco led off the 4th with a single to centerfield, advanced to second on a ground out by Michael Garcia, advanced to third on a pass ball, and scored on another Cub error. Braden McGary later walked, stole second, and came on home on still another Cub error to up the lead to 4-0.
The Cubs scored their first run of the game after the Mustangs committed two of their four errors and then came back with four more in the top of the sixth.
Kris Flores opened the top of the sixth for the Cubs reaching base on a Daven Blanco error and reached second two batters later when Johnathon Burris was hit by a Garcia fast ball. Things unraveled for the Mustangs at that point when both runners scored on pass balls. Carlos Bazan also was walked, made it to second on still another pass ball, and scored on a double by Trent Rolan. Three of the Cubs runs were scored on pass balls.
In the bottom of the sixth McGary opened with a triple to deep left center field. Two batters late he also scored on a Cub pass ball to tie things up at 5-5. Darron Pacheco, who had walked while pinch hitting for Holden Sutton, made it to third on a single by Ivan, and then scored the go ahead run on still another pass ball.
All total, the two teams scored five runs in the sixth inning off pass balls.
Garcia opened the top of the seventh inning surrendering a walk, got the next batter to pop out, and then gave up still another walk. In came Irving where he performed his magic by striking out the next two batters for the save.
Luis paced the Mustangs at the plate with three doubles, a run scored, and one RBI. Braden also had a triple and two runs scored.
Several scenarios exist for both teams in their last game. A win by the Mustangs over Estacado coupled with a win by either Brownfield or Lamesa will create a two-way tie for the third and fourth spots. A loss by the Mustangs would leave them tied with the loser of the Brownfield/Lamesa loser for the fourth sport and a one game playoff would follow with the winner moving on to post season play.