After having lost to Canada (5 - 1) in its debut in the Premier 12, Cuba won over Holland (6 - 5) and grabbed its first win in the tourney organized in Taiwan and Japan, but also breaking a losing spell to the Dutch sqaud for the last time.
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Reliever Jose Angel Garcia, who faced 15 rivals in four innings and struck out three opponents, grabbed the win. Catcher Yosvani Alarcon drove in the victory run in the eighth inning.
In the second inning, Cuba took the lead thanks to a double by Alexander Malleta, a single by Yosvani Alarcon and sacrifice fly by Stayler Hernandez.
Cuban opener Frank Montieth pitched two solid innings, but went into troubles in the third with a walk, a balk and three hits for the first two Dutch runs.
An inning later, he allowed a single and a homerun by catcher Shawn Zarraga, thsu Holland took the lead (4 – 1), and kicked Montieth out of the mound.
Cuba's offence came from behind in the sixth inning with singles by brother Lourdes Gourriel and Yulieski Gourriel, a double by Alfredo Despaigne and homerun by Stayler Hernandez.
Such lead, however, did not last much because Holland tied (5 – 5), thanks to a single by Andrew Jones, another balk by reliever Miguel Lahera, and a wild pitch by Jose Angel Garcia, but Garcia did it all well ahead to maintain the lead.
Dutch releiver Juan Carlos Sulbaran lost.
Cuban outfielder Stayler Hernandez (2 – 3), including a homerun an three runs he batted in, lel the team's offence, but also Yulieski Gourriel, Alfredo Despaigne and Yosvani Alarcon, with two hits apiece.
Both Cuba and Holland are tied in group A, with a win and a defeat apiece.
So far unbetaen Puerto Rico and Canada will play today, and the home team Chinese Taipei will play off Italy. / PL / Translated by Radio Angulo.
Canada Wins over Cuba in First Match of Premier 12
The Canadian baseball team beat its Cuban counterpart in the first game of both squads in the Premier 12 underway in Taipei and Japan.
Canada scored three runs in the very first inning against Cuban starter Yosvany Torres, who allowed three hits, including homer by third baseman Pete Orr, and was relieved by lefty Livan Moinelo.
Cuba closed the gap when Alfredo Despaigne brought one runner in with a fly to the centerfield with bases loaded against starter Chris Leroux, but second baseman Rudy Reyes conceded the third out to finish Cuban hopes to tie the game.
Reliever Moinelo pitched five scoreless innings, but in the seventh, with over 100 pitches and clearly exhausted allowed two more runs.
Meanwhile Leroux was the winner, allowing only three hits and striking up eight Cubans in 5 innings and two thirds. Relievers Andrew Albers and Scott Richmond didn't allow any runs.
Cuba will now face Nederland, a team that beat host Chinese Taipei in the opening day 7-4. / CNA.