2015 Postseason: Tigers advance to the Cuban Finals with 3-0 win over Colts

Yander Guevara

For the third time in their history, the Ciego de Avila Tigers are heading to the Cuban Final.


The Tigers punched their ticket to the Finals with a 3-0 win over the Granma Colts in Game 5 on Tuesday afternoon at José R. Cepero Park.

The Tigers won the Cuban Championship in 2012 defeating the Industriales Lions in five games.

The Ciego de Avila Tigers will face the winner between the Isla de la Juventud Pirates and the Matanzas Crocodiles, whom were playing Game 6 on Tuesday night.

Game 1 will be Friday night at José R. Cepero Park or Victoria de Girón Park.

With dominant defense, an opportunistic offense that plated one run in the first inning and two in the fifth, the Tigers had ace Yander Guevara (2-0) completing his first shoutout of the series.

Making his second start of the series, Guevara shut down the vaunted Granma lineup, allowing only three hits with 6 struck outs. No Granma runner got as far as second base, and he retired 12 Granma batters in a row before yielding to Yulexis la Rosa to start the fifth inning.  Guevara is now 2-0 in the series with a 1.20 ERA, 11 struck outs in 15 innings and only two walks.

The right-hander completed his three hits shout out with only 98 pitches.

José R. Olivera (0-1) took the loss for Granma, but he deserved better, striking out two and allowing only five hits. It was his first start of the season after 34 appareances in relief role, including three during the semifinal series.

The Tigers scored one in the first inning but they took a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning.

Andy Zamora doubled off Granma starter Olivera to open the fifth inning, Yorbis Borroto followed with a single and Raúl González belted his first double of the postseason to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

With the win Tigers' manager Roger Machado advanced to his third Cuban Final in the last five seasons.

José Adolis García (left), scored in the first inning the first run of the game. In the fifth inning, Yorbis Borroto (right) doubled and scored to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead in Game 5 of the Series.