2018 Postseason: Las Tunas Woodcutters rally late to beat Lions in Game 1

The Las Tunas Woodcutters rallied against a suspect Industriales bullpen to beat the Lions, 9-7, Friday night in front of a delirious Julio A. Mella Stadium crowd of 15,000.


The Lions crumbled, and everything started with Andres Quiala’s triple off reliever José Pablo Cuesta in the seventh inning – where Las Tunas scored six times - that got the Woodcutters within 7-5. It continued with Yunieky Larduet’ single one batter later to put the score 7-6. And it peaked in a jet engine-like roar with Jorge Yhonson’s one-run double off Eddy A. García that broke a 7-7 tie. Danel Castro continued with a one-run double off reliever Vladimir García to give Las Tunas an 8-7 advantage that completed the comeback.

The Woodcutters lead the best-of-seven series 1-0 and now left-handed Yudiel Rodríguez faces RHP Erlis Casanova in Game 2, Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

The Lions had a good start in Game 1

With the game tied 3-3, Orlando Acebey’ single in the top of the fifth propelled Industriales to a 5-3 lead, and catcher Frank C. Morejón doubled off reliever Diego Granados to make it 7-3. It was a positive advantage, considering that Industriales starter, RHP Freddy A. Alvarez, was solid during five innings. 

At the end, Freddy Asiel had a good outing, but his bullpen couldn’t stop Las Tunas hitters in a decisive seventh inning.

Freddy A. Alvarez SP / Industriales (2018 Semifinals Game 1)

IP: 6 H: 5 R: 5 ER: 5 BB: 3 K: 2

Las Tunas starter, RHP Yoalkis Cruz, didn’t last in the mound either. The winner of 14 games this season was gone after 4 2/3 innings, responsible of 6 earned runs and eight hits.

Knowing the importance of a first win in a best-of-seven series, Las Tunas manager, Abdel Civil, put in the game hard throwing reliever Yousimar Cousín. The right-handed from Camagüey did an excellent job holding off Industriales’ hitters, completing 2 1/3 scoreless innings and earning his first career Postseason victory:

Yosimar Cousín RP / Las Tunas (2018 Semifinals Game 1)

IP: 2.1 H: 3 R: 0 ER: 0 BB: 1 K: 1

In the eight, Civil brought on closer José A. García to face pinch-hitter Eriel Sánchez with one runner on and none outs, and the veteran reliever was excellent, retiring the next three batters. 

In the nineth, after Javier Camero led off with a single, García ended the inning quickly, retiring in order Alex Malleta and Juan C. Torriente, and striking out Yordanis Samón to end the game for his 238th save in Cuban Baseball.

José A. García CL / Las Tunas (2018 Semifinal Game 1)

IP: 2 H: 1 R: 0 ER: 0 BB: 0 K: 1

2018 Semifinals (Best-of-seven series)

Game 1: Las Tunas 9, Industriales 7

Woodcutters are up 1-0 in the series

Game 2: At Julio A. Mella Stadium, Sunday, Jan 7, 2 P.M.

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