Mendoza dominated and manager Víctor Mesa let another game slip away as the Isla de la Juventud Pirates beat the Matanzas Crocodiles 7-6 Friday afternoon, improving to 2-1 in the 2015 Postseason series against their rivals.
Yander Guevara (1-0) stopped the charging Granma Colts in what could turn out to be a key game in the 2015 Postseason for the Tigers.
Guevara pitched six strong innings allowing only two runs and striking out 5, and the Tigers beat up on Dariel Góngora (0-1) in a 16-5 win Thursday night, that restored the order for the 2012 Champion.
The second semifinal best-of-seven series of the Cuban Baseball Playoffs got underway this afternoon with host Granma slugging its way to a 9-2 win over Ciego de Avila. This evening Matanzas, which won its first game 11-1 Tuesday night, hosts game two vs. Isla de la Juventud.
The Matanzas Crocodiles defeated the Isla de la Juventud Pirates 11-1 in seven innings, on Tuesday night at Victoria de Girón Stadium in Matanzas, on Game 1 of the 2015 Cuba semifinals.
The Crocodiles won this game just like they've been winning all season, small ball and pitching.
Isla de la Juventud completed a three-game sweep of Industriales Thursday night with a 6-5 win at Latinoamericano Stadium in Havana.
The Pirates (49-38) extended their current win streak to six games (8 of last 10) and advance to the 2015 Cuban Postseason for the first time since 2009 during the 48 National Series.
The reigning champs, Pinar del Río, were officially eliminated from the playoff.
The Pirates, who has never won a Cuban National Championship, will visit the Matanzas Crocodiles in Game One of the NS Semifinals on Tuesday night.