Las Tunas Blasts Granma in Game Two

Granma has some pretty good hitters. To beat them you have to score a lot of runs. Las Tunas did just that erupting for six runs in the first inning in their 11-4 game two win to take a 2-0 series lead in the Cuban championship. Granma used three different pitchers to get out of that first inning, first relying on starter Ulfrido Garcia, who could not retire any of the four hitters he faced, giving up three hits and a walk.

Rafael Vinales closed out the first inning with a three run homer. The two Alarcons, Yordanis and Yosvany combined for seven hits in ten at bats. Jorge Yhonson slapped three singles in five at bats, scoring two runs. Las Tunas strung together 18 hits in the win, 14 of them singles.

Yariel Rodriguez lasted only three innings in his start for Las Tunas. When he could not retire the first five hitters he faced in the fourth inning Alejandro Meneces came on to relieve him. Granma cut the lead to 10-4 but Meneces shut them down for six innings of two hit relief, not allowing a runner to cross the plate after inheriting a bases loaded no out fourth inning.

The two teams travel to Granma for the next three games.

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