2015 Cuban Finals: Pirates even Series with comeback win over Tigers

Transforming their offense from anemic to ascendant, the Pirates shifted the 2015 Cuban Finals into a competitive high gear with their 7-6 victory over the Ciego de Avila Tigers in Tuesday afternoon's Game 4.


Playing to win instead of not to lose made a huge difference for the Pirates. Behind 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh, the Pirates triumphed as they so often do, overcoming a deficit with an inexorable effort.

Their offense grew progressively as they scored six in the seventh inning to take a 6-4 lead.

The Tigers, losing 6-4 in the eighth inning, saw Yeniet Pérez hit his first home run of the Series against closer Héctor Mendoza, a two-run shot over the left-field wall to tie the game at 6.

Dachel Duquesne started the game for the Tigers, and the right-hander pitched six scoreless innings allowing only 2 hits. Duchesne struck-out four and walked four.

The Pirates won it in the eleventh on Luis F. Rivera’s one-out walkoff single to score Julio Pablo Martínez from second.

Héctor M. Mendoza (3-0) took the win after pitching four innings of relief. The young right-hander allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 4. It was his third win of the 2015 Postseason.

Reliever Ariel Díaz (0-1) was charged with the loss, after completing 1 2/3 innings and allowing the decisive run in the eleventh.

The Pirates seemed to be brimming with confidence as they approached their final Series home game on Wednesday, 1:15 p.m. at Cristóba Labra.

Their Game 5 starter will be left-hander Darién Núñez, who's 0-1 with a 14.54 ERA in two starts this postseason.

For the Tigers Game 5 starter will be ace right-hander Ismel Jiménez, 2-1 and 1.33 ERA in three starts this postseason.

Michel Enríquez hit a two-run single in the seventh.

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

The Series is tied, 2-2

Game #5:

Wednesday, April 8, 1:15 pm at Cristóbal Labra


Ciego de Avila: Ismel Jiménez (2-1-1.33) [2015 Postseason] 

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

Cinco elencos mantuvieron su invicto este martes
Yander pintó de blanco a Holguín
Tigres siguen encabezando primer lugar de temporada cubana
Tigres noquean y se alejan
Líderes del torneo caen
Fumigaron el tabaco
La Serie para, pero el béisbol sigue
Tigres y Cachorros con boleto

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