2018 Caribbean Series: Dominican Republic eliminates Cuba in Semifinals

Dominican Republic beat Cuba 7-4 on Wednesday night, advancing to the 2018 Caribbean Series Finals to face Puerto Rico.

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Cuba, represented by Alazanes de Granma, played a great Caribbean Series compiling a 3-1 record in the Quailifying Round, but for consecutive years falls just short of reaching the finals.

2018 Caribbean Series: DR beat Cuba 7-1 and advances to the semifinals

Dominican Republic sent Cuba down to their first defeat.

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The win also qualified them for the final four playoffs. Bryan Evans quieted the Cuban bats to just one run for seven innings, that being a Roel Santos homerun in the sixth inning. Santos was the only bat working for Cuba, stringing together three of their seven hits.

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2018 Caribbean Series: Cuba tops Venezuela in Caribbean Series opener

The Caribbean Series began Friday, with games between Cuba and Venezuela during the afternoon and a Mexico-Puerto Rico matchup in the nightcap.

The Cuban team, seeking its first Caribbean Series title since 2015, defeated Venezuela, 6-4, in the first game of the Caribbean Series on Friday.

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Cuba Announces Caribbean Series Roster

Cuba has announced its roster for the Caribbean Series, which begins on Feb. 2 in the city of Jalisco in Mexico. 

The team is technically Granma, the Cuban National Series champion, but it is reinforced with players from other Cuban clubs. 

The roster includes two catchers, ten infielders, four outfielders, and 11 pitchers.

The best player of the team is outfielder Alfredo Despaigne. He has been playing in Japan for the last four seasons and last year, playing for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, led the Pacific League in homeruns with 35. 

2018 Postseason: Granma Repeats as Cuban Champions

Danel Castro hit a walk off grand slam homerun to give Las Tunas a 6-2 win in game six to send the Cuban championship to a final game seven. Jose Garcia pitched two innings of shutout relief to get the win. Vladimir Banos pitched a solid seven innings for Las Tunas, allowing just one earned run.

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2018 Postseason: Stallions pound Woodcutters 11-5, take 3-2 Cuban Finals lead

The Stallions are now just one win away from the Cuban title, despite trailing this series 2-0 at one point.

Granma came away with a 11-5 win in Game 5 of the Cuban Finals, taking a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. They are now one win away from their second Cuban title. 

With the Stallions down 2-0 in the series to the Woodcutters, Alain Sánchez y Raidel Martínez were key, helping them win Game 3, 10-6, and start their three-game winning streak to shock the second best team during the regular-season. 

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