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Cuba of contrasts beats Panama with record hits


Forced to win in order not to say goodbye to the World Classic early, the Cuban team defeated the Panamanian team 13-4 in their third match at the Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung and retains the opportunity to reach the quarterfinals.

After registering the fewest hits for a team from the island in five of these national team championships in the opening game, the team led by Armando Johnson went to Eastmenhos and landed a record 21 hits, four more than achieved. against Mexico in 2009.

The offense was difficult in the previous two games, in which the starters really started very well, but since this is an unpredictable sport, the trend has now changed.

Ronald Bolaños hit the ball early (1.1 INN, 4H, 4H, 2BB) and put the game behind him, but strong reaction from batters in the sixth and seventh innings with four- and five-run packages respectively changed the score.

Mentor Armando Johnson has made adjustments to the squad, providing better defensive coverage and more attacking opportunities. He sent Yoennis Cespedes and Lorenzo Quintana to the bank, replaced by Roel Santos and Ariel Martinez, and the bet paid off.

In practice, it was a game divided into two parts. During the first half, the Panamanians maintained control with a tight 4-2 scoreline, but starting in the sixth, the Cubans fought back relentlessly with 11 rounds divided into packs of four, five and two.

Seven people played with multiple hits, led by Yadir Drake (4-4, 2CI), Jadik Mujica (4-3, 4CI), Yoan Moncada (5-3, 4CI) and Roel Santos (5-3, 3CA).

Such an overflow in attack compensated for the poor debut of Bolaños and the mess in the management of the bases, which should not go unnoticed by the coaching staff, as they cost a career.

Off the mound, Miguel Romero was successful with three innings, four strikeouts with no walks and just two missed hits. After three men, Frank Abel Alvarez struck out in two innings that saved the top two Cuban bullpen for the last game.

This victory revives hopes for our team to reach the quarterfinals, although this possibility depends not only on them. A loss to the Canaleros would have already knocked them out of the game for the first time in Clasico history without going to second instance.

In any of the options, a multiple hug is needed to then take out the calculator and for the TQB bills to benefit us. In the meantime, celebrate that the team is still alive and full of hope.

Source: Juventud Rebelde



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