Mérida, Yuc. (elgordogringo.com.mx) July 23rd 2021.- One of the headaches the Pericos de Puebla have suffered from this season is its relief pitching, which has caused several painful late innings defeats, like the one in the recent series against Oaxaca, where they blew an eight-run lead.
The official closer to starting the season was the Dominican Ulises Joaquín, who came to the team in 2019 and was an essential piece. However, this season, the Dominican never managed to establish himself on the mound and was one of the major causes –pointed out by the Puebla fans — on why the team has a 26-24 record this year.
The relationship between the Dominican and the organization was finally broken after six straight series losses saw the team fall to fifth in the division, resulting in the dismissal of Manager Chispa Gastélum and several players who had erratic performances during the season, as was the case of Ulises Joaquín.
To strengthen their bullpen, they brought in experienced closer Wirfin Obis; however, his time with the team was brief, since almost immediately, he was traded to the Acereros de Monclova for Adam Quintana and David Richardson.
In Wednesday night’s game against El Águila de Veracruz, Richardson got the save by not allowing a run through the game’s final two innings, completing a late-season turnaround for Puebla, and adding two consecutive series victories, propelling them to second in the division.