2015 Cuban Finals: Ciego 4, La Isla 3, Tigers take 3-2 lead in Cuban Finals

Yorbis Borroto homered in the seventh and scored the decisive run in the ninth and the Ciego de Avila Tigers are just one win from another championship, after beating the Isla de la Juventud Pirates 4-3 Wednesday afternoon for a 3-2 Series edge.

BOXSCORE

It was the Tigers pitching that managed to frustrate numerous Isla rallies that made the game possible.

Team Cuba star Ismel Jimenez pitched six innings of 8-hit, 2-run (1 earned) ball to get the win.

Alain Sanchez closed the game for Ciego de Avila in the bottom of the ninth. The Pirates had already scored a run and had threatened with the bases loaded when Sanchez forced Jorge Luis Barcelan to hit into a dramatic game ending double play.

Despite pitching a sensational 6.1 innings of relief, allowing only two hits,  the home run by Borroto made Jesus Amador the losing pitcher.

Game six takes place on Friday in Ciego de Avila, which will also be the venue for a game seven if necessary. Isla de la Juventud lists lefty Darien Nunez as a possible starter for the due or die contest, while Ciego de Avila officially named Alain Sanchez as its starter.

Three factors in the Tigers victory in Game Five. From left to right: starter and winning pitcher Ismel Jimenez, Yorbis Borroto who homered and right-hander Alain Sánchez who picked up the save (Photo by Ricardo López Hevia)

Cuban Finals, Isla de la Juventud-Ciego de Avila:

Ciego de Avila leads the series, 3-2

Game #6:

Friday, April 10, 7:15 pm at José Ramón Cepero

Probables:

Isla de la Juventud: Darién Núñez (0-1-14.54) [2015 Postseason]  

Ciego de Avila: Alain Sánchez (0-0-2.57) [2015 Postseason]