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Cuban Baseball Semifinals: Leñadores Crushes Tigres on the Way to its Second Final

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Cuban Baseball Semifinals: Leñadores Crushes Tigres on the Way to its Second Final Photos: István Ojeda

The Leñadores (Lumberjacks) of Las Tunas dynamited their history when secured their presence in the final playoffs of the Cuban baseball for the second year in a row, after beating 4x3 the Tigres (Tigers) of Ciego de Ávila, taking a thrilling semifinal in five games.

Las Tunas, Cuba.- The team guided by manager Pablo Alberto Civil, leader of the regular phase, passed over the three-time monarch of Cuba squad, which could not this time with the thrust of the red and green "machinery."

The catcher and team captain, Yosvani Alarcón, hit a three-run homer to put the finishing touch to a four-jit attack in the very first inning.

LHP Yoanni Yera began his work dominating with solvency batters of respect, but Los Tigres were quick to make it clear that he would have to suffer to get the victory.

LHP Yoanni Yera

The reinforcement from Matanzas reached his first win in the postseason after accepting three runs and ten hits in eight innings.

It was a hard-fought game decided on top of the seven frame when singles by Andrés Quiala and Yuniesky Larduet
were combined with an inexplicable throwing error by RF Oscar Luis Colás, resulting in the score of the winning run.

LF Jorge Jhonson and 2B Jorge Alomá also hihlighted at bat with three hits each.

Las Tunas reached the grand final

RHP Yoalkis Cruz, in his new role of closer, earned his second save in this playoffs. He achieved a perfect performance against the three batters he faced, euphoric by ensure the historic success for a team that returns to the finals in search of its first title.

The grand final of the 58th Cuban National Series will start next Saturday at the Julio Antonio Mella stadium, of this eastern city.

It will be an unprecedented final playoff. The Azucareros of Villa Clara also win 4-1 its semifinal series against Sancti Spíritus.

Las Tunas reached the grand final

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