He was sitting in front of the TV trying to see the final outcome of the game Cienfuegos vs Villa Clara , which was decisive for two reasons: The Classification of the premises in the Augusto César Sandino or one more day of hope for the green Elephants … Then, Failure of electricity interrupted the television signal and … between repeated repetitions of plays of the Fourth World Baseball Classic, I think the waiting in vain was something ‘fun’.
Cienfuegos won 2-1 in five full chapters, another Duviel Zamora error and Gabriel Suarez’s 25th homer to the right field , which led to a double. Until then we did not know anything more than the decision of the game, by a triple of Daniel Lopez in the low of the eighth episode for the benefit of the orange ones of Ariel Pestano, 4-3.
In the end, everything seems to indicate that Adrian Rivera’s punt-negative leader in K’s with 29- in the fifth inning with full bases cost the game to Southerners, who could not save careers of success 12-2 in the previous day .
With that result the Mayabeque vs. Matanzas duel lost full attention, especially when in the Girón Victoria they updated the site http://www.beisbolcubano.cu with the report of a 7-0 in the conclusion of the lucky seven , thanks to a triple by the center Of the park of Roberto Álvarez, a hitter of .187 / .282 / .240. Anyway, there was nothing more to cool down in the Box Score … That look was enough.
What we wanted to know about the western zone, before 5:00 pm was already an outdated part: Villa Clara (26-13) eliminated Cienfuegos, although he still does not officially lead the group, because Matanzas (25-14) Has the chance to reach the 26 wins. Of course, the chance they have would be with a cienfueguera victory in the game this Saturday. The 40th match will only decide who will be the home club of the Western showdown.
The game of the day: Holguín not only deserves to be classified, but continue to give color to this unexpected end, made up by the slips of the previously ‘favorites’ – perhaps Camagüey …, perhaps Granma -, who lost some figures after being summoned to the National preselection. Jorge Peña was again immense and opened the offensive tap with a hit line to the right forest, and Iván Prieto followed with a high sacrifice. As fast as the second inning, Prieto hit a Grand Slam against Carlos Santana, just to break the tie 3-3 and almost sentence the pulse. With Luis Laffita’s single in the eighth round , the 11-7 score was enough for Yeison Calzadilla, who had to offer a 4 2/3 long relay.
What seemed unlikely – it seemed to me since I saw this Holguin ensemble debut – is already a new story in the exciting world of balls and strikes. The Cubs are playing for a 23-16 record with six straight wins and sweeping Granma or Ciego de Avila to beat Sancti Spíritus, they would enter the postseason ball.
The Roulette of Disappointment: A week ago we had Camaguey in the qualifying plans, even though we knew they would not have their tough guys on the mound. Seven days ago, Granma looked interesting even without Yoelquis Céspedes and César García … at least they looked like a novena more striking than Holguin and Sancti Spíritus. A few hours ago, an unsportsmanlike incident seems to have broken the reputation of the Camagüeyans, who won by 15-6 and saw the game in the so-called non-written codes. In short, 10 games ago, Las Tunas was a delicacy in the diamond and played for 3-7.
Less than 72 hours ago, those same Lumberjacks have twice defeated Camaguey, Holguín three to Granma and the table of positions seems to have suffered an earthquake similar to the one left by the sweeping ninth Santiago in the first two thirds of the championship. In the end, the story will pick up that, Camagüey and Granma, without justification, have been totally disappointing.
Real or not? … Is Alejandro Urquiola’s manager and his management body worthy of recognition? … Yes! They have put the Vegueros de Pinar del Rio on balance from 20-19, they will no longer play for less than .500 and between 2014-2017 they have never won more than 12 duels. … Did Havana really have a contending team? … Yes! From my box, I think that the only thing that did not have the habaneros was energy, because the talent was left to him, although the power was not the most interesting letter. Okay, was it sometime? …
Will the era of Jorge Luis Machado have ended? … No! “The Drawer of Guanajay” has done an extremely serious job with the Hunters, especially with his pitching. This data reveals everything: A single complete game in 135 openings since 2014. That has been strict control of the pitch quota of each pitcher, in conjunction with the relationship work rest. In the end, Machado has collaborated more with the team of the National Series, than with his own set Sub-23. I see it that way.
If the rain does not appear this Saturday, or another sudden failure of electricity, from 10:00 am the voice of ¡play ball! It will be heard, and then we will know who will discuss in the semifinals by the west and east.