2018 Postseason: Woodcutters beat Lions 6-3 to force Game 7 of Semifinal Series

Las Tunas’s closer José A. García pitched two shutout innings and Rafael Viñales drove in the decisive run in the eighth during a 6-3 victory over the industrials Lions on Tuesday night that extended the Cuban Semifinals Series to a decisive Game 7.


Game 7 is Wednesday night in Las Tunas, with the winner advancing to the Cuban Finals against the 2017 champion Granma Stallions.

Yoelkis Cruz is scheduled to start for Las Tunas against Freddy Asiel Alvarez in a rematch of Game 4, won 6-3 by the Woodcutters. When Freddy Asiel starts the Woodcutters have taken every game in the series.

García pitched two complete innings allowing two hits and striking out two to earn the win. 

Rafael Viñales helped García in the eighth, hitting a two-out single to right field to give Las Tunas a 4-3 lead.

Minutes before Alex Ayala's RBI ground single to right field tied the game 3-3 against reliever Vladimir García, the loser.

Las Tunas added two insurance in the inning after third baseman Yordanis Alarcón two-run single off reliever Eddy A. García.  

For the first time in the series Las Tunas scored first. In the fourth inning against left-handed Misael Villa two errors and a single gave the Woodcutters a 1-0 lead. An inning later with two runners on base Danel Castro hit a one-run single to left that made it 2-0.

Misael Villa had another excellent start. The lefty was able to pitch seven strong innings and left the mound in the eighth after Danel Castro’ single. He scattered seven hits and struck out five and walked three using 101 pitches.

Misael Villa SP / Industriales (2018 Semifinals, Game 6)

IP: 7 H: 7 R: 3 ER: 1 SO: 5 BB: 3

In the sixth Industriales took the lead against starter Vladimir Baños. With two outs Alex Malleta and Stayler Hernández hit back to back singles and Eriel Sánchez then came up to pinch-hit for shortstop Orlando Acebey. The veteran slugger gave the team the lead 3-2 with a homer off Baños in a 2-2 count. 


Baños left the game and yielded six hits and three runs while walking two in 5 2/3 innings during his second playoff start. He lasted longer than he did in his previous outing, when he was pulled after 4 2/3 innings in Las Tunas' 4-0 loss in Game 3.

Vladimir Baños SP / Las Tunas (2018 Semifinals, Game 6)

IP: 5.2 H: 6 R: 3 ER: 3 SO: 3 BB: 2

During the game many in the rowdy crowd of more than 15,000 held signs against Industriales and most fans expressed to be ready for Game 7 tonight.

In the nineth José A. García allowed Javier Camero' single starting the inning but quickly retired the last three hitters striking out the last two, Rudy Reyes and Jorge Tartabull, to end the game.

2018 Semifinals (Best-of-seven series)

Series is tied 3-3

Game 7: At Julio A. Mella Stadium, Wednesday, Jan 17, 7:15 pm

Source: (Photos: István Ojeda Bello y Rey López)

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