Granma One Win From Finals

Rain delayed the playing of the semi-finals. Granma got two games in at home and beat Matanzas while the Las Tunas game versus Industriales is still delayed by the weather.

Granma assaulted Matanzas starter Dachel Duquesne for five runs in the first inning to win 7-2. Matanzas could only retire one batter in the inning. Jonder Martinez came on in relief to get out of the inning but gave up two runs in the second. He shut down the Granma bats for the next five innings but Matanzas could not generate enough offense against Granma pitcher Alain Sanchez, who worked seven innings and allowed just two fifth inning runs.

The big bat for Granma was Carlos Benitez who drove in three runs. Guillermo Aviles strung together three hits and scored twice. Two players the major leagues would like to see in their lineup, Alfredo Despaigne and Yoelkis Cespedes combined to go 0 for 4, though Despaigne scored once. Yoelkis is the younger brother of Yoennis and is rumored to be heading to Japan on a contact with Hanshin.

Eduardo Blanco drove in both runs for Matanzas in the fifth with a two run homer.

Granma went up in the series three games to one with a 3-1 victory in game four. Lazaro Blanco threw a complete game, allowing just four hits and one first inning run on an RBI double by Frederich Cepeda. Blanco then shut out Matanzas for the next eight innings with Ariel Sanchez getting two of the last three hits for Matanzas.

Raul Gonzalez drove in two of the three runs for Granma without benefit of a hit. Despaigne and Aviles each hit doubles and scored one run each to lead the offense. Yosvany Torres went 7.2 innings for Matanzas in the loss, walking five and allowing six hits.

The fifth game will be tomorrow in Granma. The Stallions would like to end it so they would not have to return to Matanzas for the final two games.

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