Artemisa, the new baseball leader in Cuba

With a streak of eight wins in a row, Artemisa’s team (15-8) took the lead in the Cuban Baseball 62nd National Series standings this Friday with two wins over Cienfuegos.

An inspired Cacadores, led by former pitcher Yulieschi González, first beat the Elephants 14-2, defeating Geomar Núñez (3-1) and losing to Yasiel Morales, a clash in which José A. Jiménez hit a home run.

In another game, they won 10-7, which notably led to the third win for the experienced Miguel Laera, who is up 79 for life on 72 saves. Batsman Dayan Garcia hit the ninth over the fence and is now one of the leaders in the match with Osdey Silva of Santiago and Yasser Julio Gonzalez of Pinar del Río.

Santiago de Cuba plunged the Industriales further into the restless basement of the standings by winning both games in the least expected way, with duels serving (2-0 and 1-0).

Until this Friday, the Indomitable hadn’t been successful in the campaign and ended the day with two successes to Alberto Bisset and Yosmel Garces respectively, with both saves going to Luis A. Torres.

In the first duel, Yoelkis Gibert hit his third home run of the tournament to play the game’s only two series against the underdog Marcos Ortega, and in the final, the Wasps scored their score by taking advantage of José’s very fast feet. Luis Gutiérrez, having reached the base with the head, stole second base and towed it so as not to be stopped.

On their own fence, the Roosters responded with the same kick to leader Pinar del Río in the opening hours, another 1-0 scoreline that bears little resemblance to the copious attacking performances of the series, whose collective average is over .300. .

José Isaias Grandales remains undefeated in three decisions, Janielkis Duardo signed his fourth block, while Bladimir Banos failed.

And at the next stop, the Roosters also stung, but with a score of 6-3, which was the fourth victory of José Luis Branas (4-1) and the fifth rescue of Duardo.

In this game, Pinar del Rio’s Yasser Julio Gonzalez connected his ninth homer of the series to tie him with Santiago’s Osdey Silva and Artemis’ Dayan Garcia in the lead.

In the resumption of the clash ended on Thursday, Mayabeque defeated Ciego de Ávila 3-2. Adrian Sosa took his first win of the series, with Dennis Laza and Raudelyn Legra going full circle.

In another game, the Tigers also came out on top with a tight 4-3 score. It was the first victory for Jan Carlos Diaz and the sixth save for Vladimir Garcia, the leader of this section.

La Isla started Friday by avenging the previous day’s knockout against second-place finisher Matanzas. Yunier Gamboa led the Pirates to a 12-2 success and Leonardo Urgelles hit his fourth home run of the season. But then the Crocodiles trusted Renner Rivero and won 5-1.

And Holguin managed to break the losing streak even though they started on Friday with a 10-1 loss to Las Tunas, a win by pitcher Eliander Bravo and Yoswani Alarcon to help him with a fifth spade and 170th of his career.

The Cubs went on to a 4-2 victory after that, with the game won by Michel Cabrera, going undefeated by two decisions.

Another who puzzled everyone with his low-key performance, the Granma champion, defeated Camaguey 3-2, supported by a second victory for Kelbis Rodriguez, who beat left-hander Dariel Gongora. But the Bulls managed to split the day with a 10-2 victory in the second clash.

And in the only match they managed to play in the sub-series, Guantanamo beat Villa Clara 11-9. Leonardo Moreira came out better in his relay than Yasmani Hernandez, winner and loser respectively, while Yudis Reyes saved his fourth game.

The game tied Leandro Turinho’s nine with a triple throw in the seventh, and early in the eighth, Luis Jairo Hechavarria sentenced him to the same stick the man had found on the trails.

Position table: ART (15-8), LTU (13-8), PRI and MTZ (14-9), CAV (12-9), SSP and SKU (13-10), GTM (11-10), IYaV (12 -11), MAY (11-11), VCL (10-11), CMG (11-12), HOL (8-14), GRA (8-15) and CFG and IND (7-16).

Source: Juventud Rebelde

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