Santiago leads Cuban baseball again (+Position table)

Two wins over Guantanamo made Santiago de Cuba the sole leader in the National Baseball Series, the day Mayabeque and Sancti Spiritus ended their winning streaks.

The Wasps started a doubleheader, leaving the Indians (3:2) on the field with a hit by Mikel Poll at the bottom of the seventh inning, and then won by a shutout (8:0), a quality start by Wilber Reina (6.0 INN, 4H and 7K) and a home run Carlos Monier.

The victory was combined with Mayabeque’s 9–1 loss to Pinar del Río, leaving the Hurricanes with six in a string of successes. Alejandro Valle (7.1 INN, 1CL, 5H, 2K and 3BB) signed the win and at-bat stands out William Saavedra (4-3, 1CI), Lázaro Emilio Blanco (4-3, HR, 3CI) and Luis Pablo Acosta (4 – 2, 3CI).

Artemisa picked up her second straight win over La Isla, 9–7 in ten innings, to move up to third in the standings.

The Caçadores stepped on the rubber three times in the extra inning to keep pitcher Israel Sanchez undefeated (4-0) and José Angel Garcia saved his third game and 291st of his career. Osmel Solano (4-3, 2CI) and Osbel Pacheco (4-2, 3CI) contributed to the draw win.

In the remaining matches of the second date of the tenth sub-series, Villa Clara and Camagüey shared honors. The Leopardos hung on the arm of Freddy Asiel Alvarez as they returned to the rotation to win by a margin (9-0) and were batted by Leonardo Montero (3-3, a pair of tubes and 2CI).

The Bulls then took revenge 7-2 thanks to the work of Angel Luis Marquez (5.0 INN, 2CL, 2H, 7K and 2BB) and three pushes from catcher Jan Reyes, while Leonel Moas had a perfect day on three trips to the plate and participated in two races.

Vladimir Garcia solidified his lead in saves by scoring his eleventh goal against Matanzas today to save a 4-3 win as Cienfuegos beat Gallos 8-5. Elephants starter Kevin Hernandez (8.1 INN, 4CL, 7H, 2K, and 3BB) was held up to field limit due to bullpen weakness.

In the game, Félix Rodriguez rocked a Grand Slam before an unusual play in which he deliberately walked a ninth bat to set off the hitter, a shot that was a response to the strategy of the Sancti Spiritus high command.

For the underdogs, Frederic Zepeda launched his eleventh homer and Alejandro Escobar also threw it in a losing effort.

The game between Industriales and Holguin did not take place.

Table of positions: SKU (28-19), MAY (26-20), ART (25-20), MTZ (25-21), PRI, SSP and HOL (24-21), CAV (23-21), IJV (24–22), LTU (23–22), VCL (22–23), IND (21–24), CMG (21–26), GRA (20–27), CFG (18–28) and GTM ( 17-29).

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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