Industriales is one step away from being one of the big four. Author: Boris Luis Cabrera
Matanzas’s team finished second in the semi-finals of the Cuban baseball tournament this Friday and set a postseason record.
The Crocodiles completed their fourth win of the series over Artemiza with a 4-0 win, which included left-handed pitcher Nykel Cruz (9.0 IP, 5H, 9K 1BB).
A member of the last national team, Cruz ensured the success with which Matanzas equaled the mark of eleven semi-finals in twelve consecutive championships held by Pinar del Rio, achieved between series 32 and 43, when he was absent only on this occasion in the 38th campaign. , according to the famous statistician Osmani Pedraza.
The Crocodiles began tying their feat at just ’51 under mentor Victor Mesa, and since then they’ve only missed the top four in season ’58 when they unexpectedly ended up in last place in the championship.
The Crocodiles’ win this Friday was completed in the third inning with a three-point lead by Andris Perez and Yadil Mujica against underdog pitcher Yunieska Garcia, a teammate of both on the Cuban team that won the silver medal in the last Central Tournament. American Games and Caribbean San Salvador.
Artemisa made a good impression during the tournament, which was awarded the first postseason in 12 years, and also qualified for the second edition of the Elite Cuban Baseball League, which is scheduled to begin in November.
In another match of the day, Industriales beat Sancti Spiritus 8-0 to take one win away from the semi-finals of the Cuban Baseball Championship.
The Lions won for the second day in a row to take advantage of the 3-2 showdown, and they will now head to the Roosters’ headquarters in the center of the island to seek a win that puts them among the four greats of the tournament. .
As on Thursday, the visitors’ defense was erratic and they allowed five undeserved returns, which included right-hander Raymond Figueredo (6.0 IP, 5H, 3K and 3BB), who signed the victory.
Rookie Miguel Neira fell short, allowing only three earned runs for the Lions in the duel.
Outfielders Yosvani Peñalver (5-2, 2CI), Alberto Calderon (3-1, ICI) and Ariel Hechevarria scored home runs against the Blues, led by coach Guillermo Carmona.
Tomorrow, Santiago de Cuba will try to finish Camagüey in a 3-2 draw with a possible duel between pitchers Wilber Reina of the Wasps and international José Ramon Rodriguez of the Bulls.
Source: Juventud Rebelde