2019 Pan-Am Games | Historic win for Colombia, 6-1 vs. Cuba in opener
By Ray Otero | Founder and Director of BaseballdeCuba | @baseballdecuba
Jul 29, 2019
Cuba, the 12 times Pan-American baseball champion, keeps playing at an unusual form, losing 6-1 to Colombia today, in the opening day of the baseball competition of the 2019 Pan-Am Games in Lima, Peru.
Jose Calero tossed 6 1/3 innings of one run while Cristhian Correa and Efraín Contreras homered, to lead Colombia to a historic win over Cuba.
The Cubans looked listless in the loss. It was the first time Colombia beat Cuba in baseball in Pan-Am Games history.
In previous editions of the Games, Cuba had a perfect 6-0 record against the Colombians, including a 24-5 win during the 1983 edition of the games.
Las victorias de Cuba ante Colombia en el béisbol de los Juegos Panamericanos antes de este 29 de julio del 2019:
1951 - Cub 5, Col 2
1971 - Cub 10, Col 4
1975 - Cub 12, Col 0
1979 - Cub 12, Col 1
1983 - Cub 24, Col 5
2015 - Cub 10, Col 3#BaseballdeCuba #Lima2019Juegos
— Ray Otero (@baseballdecuba) July 30, 2019
With the loss, Cuba will have to beat the two times defending champion Canada, on Tuesday night, in order to avoid elimination of the medal round.
After two perfect innings, Cuban starter, RHP Lazaro Blanco, was hit hard in the bottom of the third, allowing two homers and three runs, to give Colombia a 3-0 lead.
Cristhian Correa put Colombia on top with a solo shot, and minutes later Efraín Contreras extended the lead with a 2-run homer.
Colombia added one run in the seventh and two more in the eight to seal the historic win.
The one run for Cuba was produced by Stayler Hernandez with a double in the top of the sixth.
Cuba now will face Canada on Tuesday before wrapping up Group B play against Argentina on Thursday.
The top two seeds in Group B will face the top two finishers in Group A (Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico) on Friday and Saturday before gold and bronze medal games are contested on Sunday, August 4th.
#Lima2019xNicaBeis | Estas son las posiciones luego de finalizar la primer jornada del béisbol en los XVIII Juegos Panamericanos.@FedobeRD @Argentinabeis @WBSC#VivaElBéisbol #Lima2019 #NicaBeis pic.twitter.com/ROJGlfMzP7
— NicaBeis (@NicaBeis) July 30, 2019
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