Posted by Ray Otero on Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:18am
Posted by Ray Otero on Sat, 01/13/2018 - 11:55pm
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.
Posted by Ray Otero on Fri, 01/12/2018 - 4:33pm
The Industriales Lions didn't need any more late-inning dramatics.
They scored early and late this time, and Erlys Casanova did the rest to put the Lions one step closer of the Cuban National Series Finals.
Casanova had just held the Woodcutters to two runs and three hits in Industriales’s 4-2 victory on Saturday night in Game 5 of the Cuban Semifinals in front of 42,639 at Latinoamericano Stadium in Havana.
On Thursday night in Havana and in front of a delirant crowd of 54,570, the Lions defeated the Woodcutters by a score of 4-0 in Game 3 of the 2018 Cuban Semifinals. The Lions now lead the Woodcutters 2-1 in the best of seven series.
The defending champion Granma Stallions have advanced to the finals after beating Matanzas 4-2 in game five of their best of seven series.
2018 Cuban Semifinals, Game 5:
Granma Stallions 4, Matanzas Crocodiles 2
Granma Reaches Cuban Finals
The United States earned more points than any other country in 2017 but it was not enough to surpass Japan for the number one ranking.
For the third year in a row Japan is the number one ranked country in baseball. They earned the second most points in baseball last year and now lead the United States by 244 points. Cuba remains number five place, 355 points ahead of México.
Posted by Ray Otero on Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:36pm
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
Alexander Malleta’s Grand Slam capped a five-run eighth inning as the Industriales Lions beat the Las Tunas Woodcutters 12-5, to even the Cuban Semifinals playoff series at one game each.