Gourriel Leads Roosters to Walkoff Win

The game was suspended with the Matanzas Crocodiles leading 5-1 after seven innings.  When the game was resumed the Roosters rallied for five runs in the bottom of the ninth to shock the Crocodiles 6-5 to take a 2-0 lead in the semi-final series.  The Crocodiles chose to walk Frederich Cepeda intentionally to load the bases with two outs to face Yulieski Gourriel with a 5-4 lead, bringing in Ciro Licea to face Gourriel.  The move backfired when Yulieski tagged Licea for a 2-run walk off double.

The Crocodiles scored early with five runs in the first three innings.  Manuel Benavides hit a 2-run homer in the third to give Matanzas the early 5-0 lead.  Frank Navarro pitched a good game for the Crocs, giving up just a solo homerun to Yunier Mendoza in the sixth inning to ruin his shutout.  He worked seven innings as the bullpen came on after the suspension.

The bullpen retired the first two hitters for the Roosters in the ninth.  They rallied for five runs on two doubles, two singles, two walks and a wild pitch to snatch the victory away from the jaws of the Crocodiles.

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