Matanzas Fights Back in Cuban Playoffs

After losing the opener to Pinar del Rio 12-2 Matanzas has fought back to win the next two. Their bats came alive in the second game with a 10-4 win, Yordan Manduley driving in three runs with two hits. Jonder Martinez got the start and held Pinar scoreless until the seventh inning to get the win.

In the second game Matanzas erupted for six runs in the first inning to win the third game 7-5. Yasiel Santoya slapped a three run double and Ariel Martinez slugged a three run homer to lead the offense in the opening frame. Pinar battled back with a three run homer from Michael Gonzalez in the second inning and a two run shot from him in the fourth but it fell short. Gonzalez finished the game 3 for 3 with five RBIs and a walk. Yordan Mandulay drove in the final run with an RBI double in the ninth inning to give Matanzas an insurance run. Matanzas used seven different pitchers to harness the victory, with opening day starter Freddy Alvarez retiring the last four outs to get credit for the victory.

Matanzas is now up in the series two games to one.

Ciego de Avila won their second game in a row against Industriales, Dachel Duquesne shutting out the Leones on two hits for seven innings in their 8-0 win. Yeniet Perez drove in three runs to lead the Tigers offense. They now lead the series two games to zero.

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