The triumph of Industriales and the defeat of Sancti Spíritus provoked today an embrace between both teams at the top of the II Cuban Elite Baseball League, which is going through its fifth particular subseries.
At home at the Latin American Stadium, the Lions had effective work from right-hander Reemberto Barreto who, wrapped in an excellent season, recovered from an uncertain start and threw 7.0 innings to the sound of five hits, to beat Artemisa 3-1.
Barreto, very well defended on the field, thus achieved his fourth victory without defeats in the competition, to equal in that leadership with the left-hander Ariel Zerquera from Sancti Spiritus. Second save for Juan Xavier Peñalver.
At bat for the capital blues, who broke an adverse streak of three successive defeats, Raico Santos stood out, who went 4-for-3 including a solo home run, while Luis Vicente Mateo also batted 4-for-3, with a triple.
The victory of the Lions was fused with the defeat of the Roosters of Sancti Spiritus, by 2-6 against Matanzas, at the Victoria de Girón Park.
For the Yumurian Crocodiles, who left 10 runners on, the palms were at the ready for former major leaguer Rusney Castillo, who went 4-for-3, all doubles and a run to the plate. Eduardo Blanco also went 4-for-3 and hit a solo homer.
Second victory for left-hander Yamichel Perez and third save for speedy right-hander Armando Dueñas.
In this game, catcher Nelson Batista, Holguin's reinforcement of the Saurians, set a Cuban record by exceeding 970 innings without committing pass ball, a mark that was held by Roger Machado from Avila. Batista is taking advantage of the presence of the regular catcher of the Yumurinos, Andrys Pérez, in the U23 pre-World Cup based in Nicaragua.
And at the Julio Antonio Mella stadium, in a game of five errors, the visiting team from Santiago de Cuba beat Las Tunas 13-5.
Andres de la Cruz, 5-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs. There was a flyover by Robert Luis Delgado. First hit for reliever Yoandris Montero. The tuna woodcutters left 11 men on the pads.
After these results, there is a tie between Industriales and Sancti Spíritus (11-7) and then Matanzas and Artemisa (9-9) are tied. Las Tunas is fifth (12-10) and Santiago de Cuba is in the basement (6-12).
(With information from ACN)