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
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]
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