Cuban Playoff Preview

The opening games of the final four in the Cuban playoffs were routs. In the first game the fourth place Pinar del Rio slaughtered first place Matanzas 12-2, scoring eight runs in the third inning to come away with the victory. Matanzas ace Freddy Alvarez got the beat down giving up seven runs in two innings, failing to retire the six hitters he faced in the third. Yosvni Torres pitched seven innings to get the win for Pinar. William Saavedra went deep for Pinar with a solo shot in the second to tie the game at 1-1 after Yunior Paumier had given Matanzas a brief 1-0 lead with a solo shot in the bottom of the first.

Yosvani Alarcon drove in three runs in the game, two of them with a single in the third as Pinar assaulted Alvarez for five singles. Alarcon tripled in the seventh inning to drive in his third run.

The second place Ciego de Avila romped over the Industriales 14-4 in a game where even if they had both Yulieski and Lourdes Industriales would not have scored enough runs to win. Yorbis Borroto drove in four runs with a two run single in the second and a two run homer in the eighth. The game ended in the eighth after Yeniet Perez drove in his second run with a fly ball to put into effect the slaughter rule. Jose Garcia, the brother of Adonis, rapped out four of the 21 hits for Ciego de Avila. The top three hitters in the lineup (Luis Robert, Borroto and Garcia) combined to go 10 for 17 with six runs driven in and eight runs scored.

Vladamir Garcia got the win, working two outs into the sixth inning. The loss went to Frank Monthiet, who could only last one out into the second inning. Ciego scored in six of their eight at bats, loading the bases in the third without scoring.

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