A Yander Guevara made for deciding games and an offensive that took off from the very first episode, left no doubt about the intentions of the Ciego de Avila Tigers to win the Cuban baseball league championship. The Tigers won their second title in five years with a 7-2 victory in game seven over the hard fighting Isla de la Juventud Pirates, in their first ever championship series.
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Yorbis Borroto homered in the seventh and scored the decisive run in the ninth and the Ciego de Avila Tigers are just one win from another championship, after beating the Isla de la Juventud Pirates 4-3 Wednesday afternoon for a 3-2 Series edge.
It was the Tigers pitching that managed to frustrate numerous Isla rallies that made the game possible.
Transforming their offense from anemic to ascendant, the Pirates shifted the 2015 Cuban Finals into a competitive high gear with their 7-6 victory over the Ciego de Avila Tigers in Tuesday afternoon's Game 4.
The Tigers came in to the Cristóbal Labra park and beat the Pirates at their own game on Monday afternoon.
They took advantage of their limited scoring opportunities and turned things over to the Ciego de Avila bullpen, which recorded the final 7 outs of the game for a 5-2 win in Game 3 of the Cuban Finals.
It was an excellent game and a historic one. Alfredo Rodríguez revived the Pirates with a tying double in the seventh inning, then Jorge Luis Barcelán hit a winning two-run homer in the eight as Isla de la Juventud stunned the Ciego de Avila Tigers 6-4 Saturday night to even the Cuban championship series at 1-all.
The win was the first in Pirates' history in a Cuban Final.
Ciego's Yoelvis Fiss, furthered his postseason legend in the first-inning of Friday night's Cuban Finals Game 1. With the bases loaded, two outs, Fiss clobbered the fifth pitch he saw from Isla de la Juventud Pirates starter Ulfrido García over the left-field fence and into the stands.
Grand slam. Tigers 4, Pirates 0. Fiss, a true hero in Game 1 for Ciego de Avila.
Yesterday afternoon, the Ciego de Avila Tigers punched their ticket to the Cuban Finals. On Tuesday night, the Isla de la Juventud Pirates decided to join them for their first trip to a Cuban Championship Series.
For the third time in their history, the Ciego de Avila Tigers are heading to the Cuban Final.
The Tigers punched their ticket to the Finals with a 3-0 win over the Granma Colts in Game 5 on Tuesday afternoon at José R. Cepero Park.
The Tigers won the Cuban Championship in 2012 defeating the Industriales Lions in five games.
It started out with small ball: a dead ball, a single, a bunt, and another single. By the time the 8th inning was over on Monday night, the Tigers had scored seven runs, Yeniet Pérez had hit a single for the ages and the Ciego de Avila Tigers were running away with Game 4 of the Cuban semifinals.
The result was a 9-4 victory for the Tigers over the Colts on a night they were facing Granma's best pitcher, Lázaro Blanco.
Yurisbel Gracial went 3-for-4, hit a home run and had three RBIs Saturday afternoon to lead the Crocodiles to a 13-0 thrashing of the Isla de la Juventud Pirates. Now the teams will go deep in the heart of Matanzas to decide the pennant in the best-of-seven series. When they resume in Matanzas for Game 6, Jonder Martínez starts for the Crocodiles against Yoalkis Cruz in a rematch of Game 2, won by the Pirates 4-2 in eleven innings.
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.
Urmani Guerra went 3-for-3 with a trio of RBIs to lead the Granma Horses to a 12-2 romp over the Artemisa Hunters Wednesday afternoon in Cuban National Series action.
The Horses roughed up Artemisa starter Jose Luis Padron (1-2) early with four runs in the opening frame, and chased the right-hander with another four-run frame in the third.