2018 Postseason: Granma One Win From Finals
Rain delayed the playing of the semi-finals. Granma got two games in at home and beat Matanzas while the Las Tunas-Industriales was delayed by the weather and will play Game 3 tomorrow at Latinoamericano Stadium in Havana.
2018 Cuban Semifinals, Game 3:
Granma Stallions 7, Matanzas Crocodiles 2
Five-run first inning sets the tone for Granma's easy win in Game 3
Granma assaulted Matanzas starter Dachel Duquesne for five runs in the first inning to win 7-2.
Dachel Duquesne SP / Matanzas (2018 Semifinals Game 3)
IP: 0.1 H: 4 R: 5 ER: 5 BB: 1 K: 0
Matanzas could only retire one batter in the inning. Jonder Martinez came on in relief to get out of the inning but gave up two runs in the second.
He shut down the Granma bats for the next five innings but Matanzas could not generate enough offense against Granma pitcher Alain Sanchez, who worked seven innings and allowed just two fifth inning runs.
Alaín Sánchez SP / Granma (2018 Semifinals Game 3)
IP: 7.0 H: 6 R: 2 ER: 2 BB: 0 K: 4
The big bat for Granma was Carlos Benitez who drove in three runs.
Guillermo Aviles strung together three hits and scored twice.
Two players the major leagues would like to see in their lineup, Alfredo Despaigne and Yoelkis Cespedes combined to go 0 for 4, though Despaigne scored once. Yoelkis is the younger brother of Yoennis and is rumored to be heading to Japan on a contact with Hanshin.
Eduardo Blanco drove in both runs for Matanzas in the fifth with a two run homer.
2018 Cuban Semifinals, Game 4:
Granma Stallions 3, Matanzas Crocodiles 1
Stallions' Blanco threw a pitching gem in Game 4
Granma went up in the series three games to one with a 3-1 victory in game four. Lazaro Blanco threw a complete game, allowing just four hits and one first inning run on an RBI double by Frederich Cepeda.
Blanco then shut out Matanzas for the next eight innings with Ariel Sanchez getting two of the last three hits for Matanzas.
Lázaro Blanco SP / Granma (2018 Semifinals, Game 4)
IP: 9 H: 4 R: 1 ER: 1 BB: 2 K: 7
Raul Gonzalez drove in two of the three runs for Granma without benefit of a hit.
Despaigne and Aviles each hit doubles and scored one run each to lead the offense.
Yosvany Torres went 7.2 innings for Matanzas in the loss, walking five and allowing six hits.
Yosvany Torres SP / Matanzas (2018 Semifinals, Game 4)
IP: 7.2 H: 6 R: 3 ER: 3 BB: 5 IBB: 2 K: 3
The fifth game will be tomorrow (today) in Granma. The Stallions would like to end it so they would not have to return to Matanzas for the final two games.
2018 Semifinals (Best-of-seven series)
Stallions are up 3-1 in the series
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