Havana.- The possibility of fighting again for the crown of Cuban baseball for the third consecutive time is increasingly close to Ciego de Ávila after beating 9-6 Villa Clara in their second postseason game.
This was the second win of the current champions; they won 10-4 on Wednesday, which puts them in an advantageous position before travelling to Augusto César Sandino Park, where, from Saturday, they will face Villa Clara thrice if necessary.
Bladimir Baños got the win when surrendering only five hits and one earned run in six innings, while loser Yosvany Torres allowed five runs and seven hits in two inning and two-thirds.
Ciego de Ávila's relievers Liomil González and Raidel Martínez had not a good performance after allowing two and three runs each, opportunity seized by the best closer of Cuban baseball, José Ángel García, to achieve his 16th save of the season.
Outfielder Edilse Silva and catcher Osvaldo Vázquez offensively highlighted for the winning side when hitting two doubles each.
MATANZAS TIES PLAYOOF WITH GRANMA
Matanzas beat 2-1 Granma and thus tied 1-1 one of the semifinal playoffs of the 56th Cuban National Baseball Series.
It was a magnificent duel between starting pitchers Jonder Martínez, who allowed one earned run and only two hits in five and two thirds innings, and Yoalkis Cruz, who surrendered only two runs but took the loss.
The win went to lefty reliever Ramón Licor and Frank Medina earned his first save of the season after pitching three scoreless innings allowing one hit with two strikeouts.
There was offensive highlight for SS Yurisbel Gracial who scored Matanzas´ first run and drove in the second and decisive one. (acn)