Stallions Win Pitchers Duel; Other Cuban Playoff Action

Granma Stallions 1 Villa Clara Orangemen 0

With Alfredo Despaigne in the Stallions lineup you don’t expect a pitcher’s duel, but then the Villa Clara Orangemen’s park is not the same band box that exists in Granma.  The Stallions Ciro Licea and Orangeman Freddy Alvarez dialed zeros for the first seven innings.  The Stallions broke through in the eighth when Adrian Moreno, who had entered the game at short in the fifth inning, started the eighth inning with a double.  A single by Roel Santos moved him to third with no outs.  Leadoff hitter Ramon Tamayo bunted to score Moreno with the only run of the game.  The Orangemen were able to get two runners on in the bottom of the ninth but Licea finished what he started.  Alfredo Despaigne walked twice in an 0 for 2 performance.

Las Tunas Woodcutters 6 Ciego de Villa Tigers 1

Another pitcher’s duel was forming until a homerun by the Tigers Yorelvis Charles in the top of the sixth gave them a 1-0 lead.  Las Tunas showed no mercy in the bottom frame, erupting for five runs, the first three scoring on an Alexander Guerrero 3-run homer.  The Woodcutters took advantage of one of the Tigers four errors to score the final two runs of the inning.  Yoelkis Cruz went seven innings to get the win for Las Tunas.

Matanzas Crocodiles 5 Sancti Spiritus Roosters 3

The cinderella Crocodiles evened their series against the Roosters with a 5-3 win.  Jose Alfonso had just broken a 1-1 tie with a 2-run homer in the top of the seventh to give the Roosters a 3-1 lead.  Yurisbel Gracial singled to score what would be the game winning run in a 3-run seventh to give the Crocodiles a 4-3 lead.  Ariel Sanchez drove in the game tying run on a ground out, his second RBI of the game without benefit of a hit.  Jorge Alberto went seven innings to get credit for the win.  Joel Suarez retired all four batters he faced to pick up the save.

Cienfuegos Elephants 3 Industriales Blue Lions 1

Despite the absent bat of Jose Abreu the Elephants still had the arm of Noelvis Entenza that limited the bats of the Lions to just three hits and no runs in his seven plus innings of work.  He struck out five, but walked six in a wild performance and had to be relieved with one out in the eighth after a walk and single put two runners on.  Alexander Qunitero got one out before he turned it over to closer Duniel Ibarra for the third out.  Ibarra gave up a leadoff homer to Yasmani Tomas in the last frame to end the shutout, but then bore down to retire the final three hitters to pick up the save.  The Elephants scored their runs early, getting a sacrifice by Pavel Quesada in the opening frame with the bases loaded to take a 1-0 lead and then taking advantage of an error in the third to add two more runs.

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