The Industriales de la Capitale beat the Cazadores de Artemisa 10-9 this Friday afternoon in the first of their three pending games, to reach 40 wins in the season and secure a ticket to the playoffs of this National Series in its 61st edition. .
The team that has won the most titles in our national championships, has thus become the sixth classified for the great celebration of Cuban baseball, and will fight to achieve its 13th crown in these classics from the end of this month of May.
Guests were unable to return home on July 26, before some visitors decided to end the wait for their faithful today, anxious to see the blue flag of Gothic letters once again flying in the seductive playoff country.
There was “everything like in a pharmacy” in this trial declared under protest by the blue helmsman Guillermo Carmona, where it seemed that the two teams were playing the last match of their lives: faults, too many goals on balls, touches, delays, rain, and until a reversal of an arbitration decision after a play of appreciation which motivated the action of the management of the capital.
Twice the followers of Lázaro Arturo Castro came from below in a show of pride, in a clash that for them was just a mere formality. Without complexes, they gave everything on the field by shooting 15 arrows to get starter Raymond Figueredo and relievers Marcos Ortega and Andy Vargas off the mound.
The artillery of the Lions reacted effectively to overcome the deficiencies of their staff of pitchers and knew how to make a dent in the anatomy of their rivals. Ariel Hechavarría hit a single and homer to drive in a few runs, captain Juan Carlos Torriente had two shots to bring home three, and Roberto Acevedo hit a base hit that drove two teammates.
Yosvani Peñalver also warmed up the woods by chaining three indisputable with a brace included, and Oscar Valdés with two RBIs, one of which to mark the definitive advantage.
Erick Cristian González, despite throwing a ball with full sacks when called for help, managed to stop his opponents’ momentum for the 3.1 innings he remained in the box , and took his third win of the season.
In the Julio Antonio Mella, the Mayabeque Hurricanes fell one step short of qualifying for the playoffs, beating the Las Tunas Leñadores 8-4 to compile 40 championship wins.
Only a win or a loss for Villa Clara’s Leopardos now needs the followers of Michael González to grab the precious ticket, which clearly seems like a matter of time before it arrives.
Right-hander Marlon Vega once again showed what he was made of, and with a long eight-inning stint in which he left his rivals with just five hits, he earned his 11th victory of the campaign to tie with The leaders.
Twelve hits were connected by the Westerners, including three by Rafael Fonseca to lead in runs, who also scored a triple in the game. Javier Carabeo also had two runs for the plate with a single and a double on five occasions, and Yasniel González went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
The veteran Yoalkis Cruz could not do himself justice once again, and had to leave the surface in the very first set, when four earned runs had been scored for him, valid for carrying the backhand.
For the Lumberjacks, Andrés de la Cruz went 3-2 with a few RBIs, and the inexhaustible Danel Castro hit number 2357 of his glorious sports career, and found himself alone in second place in history, just 21 hits. with leader Enrique Díaz.
In the duel, Yuniesky Larduet stole three bases to reach 25 and reaffirm himself as the most crooked in the championship.