2017 Cuban Finals: Despaigne with the Game Winner for Granma. Horses lead the series 1-0
Alfredo Despaigne is the one Cuban star who has not bolted for the United States for the greater gold. He has played a couple years in Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines on a contract negotiated by the Cuban government but Chiba did not find themselves in a championship series.
BOXSCORE: Grm 4, Cav 3 (10)
For the life of the Cuban League Granma has also been lacking in a championship series. The lights are shining brighter now as the Stallions seek their first Cuban championship. How fitting to have Despaigne hit the go ahead homerun in the top of the tenth to give Granma the 4-3 win over the defending champions Ciego de Avila in the opening round championship game.
Granma needed another Cuban veteran, Miguel Lahera, normally a starter, pitching in his third inning of relief to get the last three outs to seal the victory. He retired the big bats, the three, four and five hitters in the Ciego lineup to close out the game.
It was not an easy opener for Granma as they faced the defending champs. They fell behind early 3-0 after two innings. Their bats were silent before finding some life in the seventh, scoring three runs to tie the game. Yordan Manduley drove in the first run with a single and Carlos Benetiz banged the big hit with a two run single. The score stood at 3-3 until the big hit by Despaigne in the top of the tenth.
Game two has Noelvis Entenza pitching for Granma with Vladimir Baños pitching for Ciego de Avila.
CIEGO DE AVILA
2017 CUBAN FINALS
Granma leads the series 1-0
Game 1: Grm 4, Cav 3 (10)
Date: Thursday, Jan 19
Time: 7:15 pm
Stadium: José R. Cepero, Ciego de Ávila
Probables: Noelvis Entenza, Granma (9-3) vs. Vladimir Baños, Ciego de Ávila (9-4)
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