Two teams one game shy of reaching final playoffs in Cuban baseball
2019-01-08 12:21:43 / ACN
Las Tunas and Sancti Spiritus appear both at only one step of reaching the grand final of the 58th Cuban National Baseball Series after achieving both their third win in their respective playoffs.
The first beat 6-3 Ciego de Avila, now as visitor, with offensive highlight to catcher and cleanup hitter Yosvany Alarcon who batted 3 for 5, with a solo homer and two runs scored.
Four other players from the winning side had a multi-hit game as SS Alexander Ayala and 3B Denis Peña batted three each, while LF Jorge Jhonson and DH Danel Castro hit two apiece.
3B Jefferson Delgado was Ciego de Avila´s best batter by hitting 3 for 4 with two RBIs while his teammate Vladimir Garcia earned his ninth loss of the season when allowing four runs in 3.2 innings.
The win went to lefty Dariel Gongora and the usual starting pitcher Yoalkis Cruz achieved his first save when pitching 2/3 in the ninth frame.
On the other hand, Villa Clara also reached their third win in the semifinal when defeating this time at home 5-1 Sancti Spiritus.
There were excellent pitching performances to LHP Misael Villa, who got the win when surrendering one run and five hits in six innings, and reliever Wilson Paredes, who earned the save after pitching three scoreless innings.
RHP Yamichel Perez took the loss when allowing four runs in 2.1 innings and reinforcement RF Stayler Hernandez shone offensively by hitting 3 for 5, including a double and two runs scored.
The also reinforcement catcher Oscar Valdes highlighted for the losing side by batting three hits, half of the total amount of his squad which has performed extremely poor in offensive in the three games of this semifinal playoff.