Pinar del Río defeated Holguín on tie-breaker rule

 

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Juan Cristian Onofre forced the extraining with a huge home run. File photo

Pinar del Río defeated the Cachorros of Holguín, 5×4 in 10 innings, in a day in which their three closest pursuers lost, so the squad of the Vegueros appear alone at the top of the LXIII National Baseball Series at the end of their sixth individual games.

A base on balls by José Antonio Sánchez (2-1), a loser load bases in the bottom of the tenth inning gave the victory to the Vegueros, a triumph that led them to take the particular meeting 3 wins – 2 defeats.

Juan Christian Onofre (3-5) produced a homerun, his third in the season and over the roof, when the Cachorros were about to lose, thus forcing an extra inning, but his teammates were unable to score and fell down on the field a few minutes later.

Left-hander Dayrián Batista, in his first lifetime start at this level, walked 2 2/3 with four hits and two clean sheets, while Jesús Quintán, although he allowed five hits, was scoreless in three innings of work.

Ramiro Rodriguez faced three batters and two of them hit him, those who came in with the run with the two base hits that the reappeared William Saavedra gave to Sanchez, who ultimately threw 3 1/3 with a pair of hits, three tickets, two intentional, a strikeout, and a run, although dirty to his record, decisive.

Saavedra, who went 3-5 with three RBIs, remains the leader of the hitters of the campaign with an astronomical average of 526. Yancarlos García (1-2) retired all five batters he faced and deserved the win.

On the same day, the Tigres de Ciego de Avila lost 4-7 to Artemisa in a game where the most outstanding feature was the fifth save by Jose Angel Garcia, the all-time leader with 303.

The Leñadores of Las Tunas could not complete the sweep, after a comeback by the Huracanes of Mayabeque in the ninth inning when they scored two runs and sentenced the final 11-10.

In the game Denis Laza bounced the ball and now has 10 homers, the same amount as Saavedra, and they share second place in a department led by Alfredo Despaigne, from Granma, with 11.

This Sunday, the Leopardos of Villa Clara defeated Havana’s Industriales for the fourth straight time, with a score of 13-3; the Indios of Guantanamo secured the sub-series against Matanzas by winning in the fifth game by 12-6, with the ninth home run of Over Cremet; and Camagüey won the two Sunday games, 4×0 and 7×5, vs La Isla de la Juventud.

Finally, the Sancti Spíritus Gallos won the match against the Alazanes of Granma with a 7-5 victory, and the Avispas of Santiago de Cuba overcame the Elefantes of Cienfuegos (7-1) to also win the bilateral duel.

Pinar del Río (19-8) is followed by Ciego de Avila (18-9), Las Tunas (14-8), Industriales (16-11), Granma and Camagüey (15-12), Artemisa (14-13), Matanzas, Santiago de Cuba and Villa Clara (13-14), Sancti Spíritus (12-15), La Isla (9-13), Holguín (11-16), Guantánamo and Mayabeque (10-17) and Cienfuegos (9-18).

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