Ciego Defeats Pinar in Cuban Opener

While many of the cream of the crop in Cuban baseball are fleeing for the big bucks of the United States, there are still some stars battling in the Cuban League.  The opener of the 51st series was played today with the Ciego de Avila Tigres defeating the Pinar del Rio Tobacco Growers 8-4.  Pinar won the championship of the 50th series after taking second in the Western Division.  They defeated Ciego, who were the champions of the Eastern Division.

Pinar scored the first two runs but Ciego battled back on a 2-run homer from Yoelvis Fiss in the fourth to quickly tie the game.  In the next frame Yourbis Borroto broke the 2-2 tie with a booming 2-run double.  Vladimir Garcia picked up the victory, throwing six innings and only giving up two runs.  Yosvany Torres took the loss for Pinar.

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