2017 Postseason: Granma Upsets Matanzas in Semi-Final Playoffs

During the regular season Matanzas broke a record for most wins. At the beginning of the season they looked unbeatable, but chinks in the armor were beginning to show during the playoff round. The Granma Stallions advanced to the finals taking the last two games of the seven game series to eliminate the Crocodiles from the championship round, slaying the giant of the regular season. It is not the first time Matanzas has won the regular season with the best record but lost in a playoff series.

BOXSCORE: Grm 12, Mtz 2 KO (7)

Granma tied the series at three games apiece with a 9-6 win in game six. Guillermo Aviles was the big bat in the game with two homeruns and five RBIs to lead the offense and give the Stallions an early 8-1 lead. The Stallions battled back to close the lead to 8-6 but it fell short.

Yoelkis Céspedes hit a Grand Slam in the 5th inning

Game seven was not much of a game with the Matanzas bullpen imploding in a 10 run fifth. The game only went seven innings with Granma winning 12-2. Lazaro Blanco pitched a seven inning complete game for Granma. The Crocodile manager seemed to give up on Yoanni Yera early with one out in the fourth after he had given up a run. The bullpen let the game get away from them in the fifth with seven different pitchers trying to stall the 10 run explosion. 

Yoelkis Cespedes was the big bat with the grand slam in the fifth inning. Aviles, who was the leading run producer in the previous game switched hats and scored three times hitting in front of Cespedes. He scored twice in the fifth inning. 

Granma now plays Ciego de Avila for the Cuban championship. If Granma should win it will be their first Cuban championship for their franchise. 


Semifinals, Granma-Matanzas

Results, Granma defeated Matanzas 4-3

Game 1: Grm 8, Mtz 3 W: L. Blanco, L: F. Montieh

Game 2: Mtz 2, Grm 1 W: R. Licor, L: Y. Cruz S: F. L. Medina 

Game 3: Grm 11, Mtz 3 W: N. Entenza, L: Y. Suárez

Game 4: Mtz 9, Grm 3 W: L. Moinelo, L: L. Blanco

Game 5: Mtz 13, Grm 3 W: F. L. Medina, L: Y. Torres

Game 6: Grm 9, Mtz 6 W: N. Entenza, L: J. Martínez

Game 7 : Grm 12, Mtz 2 W: L. Blanco, L: Y. Yera