54th National Series: Granma Stops Artemisa

Urmaris Guerra

Urmani Guerra went 3-for-3 with a trio of RBIs to lead the Granma Horses to a 12-2 romp over the Artemisa Hunters Wednesday afternoon in Cuban National Series action.

The Horses roughed up Artemisa starter Jose Luis Padron (1-2) early with four runs in the opening frame, and chased the right-hander with another four-run frame in the third.

Adrian Moreno smacked a home run and drove in four scores, while leadoff man Roel Santos tallied a trio of hits and scored three runs for the winning home side.

Lazaro Blanco (9-3) scattered six hits and a pair of runs over six innings to notch his ninth win of the season.

In other league action on Wednesday, Isla de la Juventud edged Ciego de Avila, 2-1, and Pinar del Rio topped Holguin, 7-5.

2014-15 CUBAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

1. Matanzas (37-16)

2. Granma (34-20)

3. Industriales (30-23)

4. Isla de la Juventud (30-24)

4. Pinar del Rio (30-24)

6. Artemisa (28-26)

6. Ciego de Ávila (28-26)

8. Holguin (26-28)

The eight-team championship round, which began on Jan. 4, will continue through March 19. The top four squads will advance to a best-of-seven semifinal series slated for late March, with the league championship set to begin in early April.

BATTING AVERAGE

.375 – Michel Enriquez, Isla de la Juventud

.367 – Yasiel Santoya, Matanzas

.366 – Luis Alberto Valdés, Pinar del Rio

.363 – Yosvani Alarcón, Artemisa

.361 – Dairon Blanco, Industriales

.359 – Rigoberto Gomez, Isla de la Juventud

.355 – José A. García, Ciego de Avila

HOME RUNS

13 – Lázaro Alfredo Cedeño, Granma

12 – Félix Carbonell, Industriales

11 – Urmani Guerra, Granma

09 – Yordan Batista, Holguin

09 – Yosvani Alarcón, Artemisa

STOLEN BASES

13 – Yurisbel Gracial, Matanzas

10 – Randy Arrozarena, Pinar del Rio

10 – Luis Yander La O, Matanzas

09 – Alfredo Rodriguez, Isla de la Juventud

08 – Jose Ramon Velazquez, Isla de la Juventud

 
Cinco elencos mantuvieron su invicto este martes
Campeón vuelve a caer, dos nocaos en la tarde
Leones sacan la artillería
Cocodrilos blanquean a Cazadores
Talión sobre el diamante
Más con menos
Artemisa y Granma acechan la cima
Yulieski regresa, su hermano decide

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