Pinar del Rio won the Cuban baseball championship on Wednesday with a 9-6 win to take their series four games to two before a highly disappointed Matanzas home crowd. Luis A. Valdes was the hero with his sixth inning grand slam.
On the eve of the final stage of the National Series playoffs unfolding in Matanzas, the Cuban Baseball Federation has announced this year’s individual ballplayer award winners, and prime pennant challenger Pinar del Río has already proven to be the biggest winner.
Down 8-5 going in to the bottom of the ninth inning Pinar del Rio was looking at the discomforting prospect of going back to Matanzas down three games to two in their championship Cuban baseball series. Then the tables turned, reported Baseballdecuba.com.
Matanzas managed a slow but sure comeback on Saturday to defeat Pinar del Rio in 10 innings by a score of 4-3. Taking into account they were down 3-0 in the seventh and having had their first 19 batters retired in order it was quite a feat, reported Baseballdecuba.com.
The Cuban Domadores (Tamers) boxing team competing in the semi-pro World Series of Boxing quarterfinals won three of five scheduled bouts in Salem, New Hampshire on Saturday evening to finish 8-2 and eliminate the USA Knockouts squad. The Cubans next rival in the semifinals will be Russia. Photo: worldseriesboxing.com
Everything that happened on the diamond Friday at the Captain San Luis Stadium in Pinar del Rio was included in the preliminary final series script. It proved that the first line Pinar pitching is superior and the team, supported by a delirious crowd, multiplied their strength.
Game three in the best of seven championship series between Matanzas and Pinar del Rio takes place tonight at 7:15 p.m. in Pinar. The game will be televised nationwide and on Cubavision International for Internet viewers.
Game two between Pinar del Rio and Matanzas ended very different than it started. In the bottom of the first inning Matanzas came out swinging, knocked out Pinar starter Julio A. Martínez and scored five times. The home town fans went wild, sensing a 2-0 series lead.
Game two of the Cuban baseball championship series between Matanzas and Pinar del Rio was rained out on Tuesday in the third inning and will be replayed from the start on Wednesday. Matanzas took the opener on Monday 5-3 in the best of seven series.
Up 4-0 with their top starter, Yoanni Yera on the mound Matanzas was cruising in the fifth inning when suddenly Pinar del Rio came alive, scored three times, and made for a tense second half of the contest that ended 5-3.