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August 11, 2011: Game two

Diablos Rojos del México 10 Sultanes de Monterrey 3
7:00pm Wednesday August 10, 2011
Time: 3:22
Attendance: 12,275

Well, Tuesday's game seems to have boosted interest in the Diablos' playoff games. Over 12,000 there for game two of the Zona Norte Championship Series. Good atmosphere. One of the enjoyable things about a bigger crowd is seeing what people are wearing. Saw a guy in a Liverpool FC shirt, which was a joy. And a couple of dudes in conflicting shirt/cap combinations. First, a guy who had a Brian Wilson NL All-Star game jersey and a Texas Rangers hat; a guy who clearly loved last year's World Series. And a chap in an Indians cap and a Red Sox 2007 American League Champions t-shirt. The Diablos got off to a flying start. Four of the first five batters scored in the first. Up 5-1 in the third, the Monterrey pitching really shut them down in the middle innings: nine up, nine down. Sultanes chipped away, pulling back to within two in the seventh. They left a couple of runners on base with one out in the eighth, and the Diablos bats woke up again in the bottom of the inning: single, homer run, double, walk, sac bunt, home run. 10-3 Diablos, and that's how it ended.

All this talk about Mexican baseball has made me realise that there are quite a few players who anyone reading this may remember of half-remember. A lot of players seem to have played for major league teams. So, looking at Wednesday's starting line-up, these players have played for major league teams. (Links go to their Baseball-Reference pages.)

Sultanes de Monterrey
Chris Roberson Played 85 games for the Phillies, 2006-07.

Diablos Rojos del México
Luis Cruz 56 games for the Pirates and Brewers, 2008-10.
Luis Terrero 243 games for the D-backs, O's, and White Sox, 2003-07.
Alexis Gomez 89 games for the Royals and Tigers, 2002-06.
Geronimo Gil 277 games for the O's and Rockies, 2001-07.
Nerio Rodriguez Pitched 32 games for the O's, Blue Jays, Indians, and Cardinals, 1996-2002.

Chris Roberson is the only American player on either team. Interestingly, he wears number 42. Must be kinda nice if you're an American player to be able to wear Jackie's number down here.