Havana.- After winning 11-3 the game suspended by rain on Sunday, Granma appears ahead 2-1 over Matanzas in one of the semifinal playoffs of the 56th Cuban National Baseball Series.
Thus, the team coached by the experienced Carlos Martí advanced another step in search of the grand final, stage they would reach for the first time, as their best historical result was achieved in the season 1988-89 when they won the bronze medal.
The winner was Noelvis Entenza (8 wins and 3 losses) after allowing seven hits and three runs in six innings, while Yoanni Yera (13-3) took the loss in a match where Matanzas's manager, Víctor Mesa, used 10 pitchers.
Granma´s offensive highlight included back to back homers by Carlos Benítez and Frank Morejón; Benítez drove in two more runs, and Yordan Manduley scored his 1000th hit in Cuban National Baseball Series.
Meanwhile, William Saavedra hit a two-run homer for the losing side.
After three games in this play-off, Granma has scored 20 runs with 31 hits, and they won the first and third matches and lost 1-2 the second one.
DEFENDING CHAMPION TAKES LEAD 3-2 IN CUBAN BASEBALL SEMI-FINALS
Ciego de Avila took a very important step to reach the final of the 56th Cuban National Baseball Series after beating 8-1 Villa Clara and now leads 3-2 their semifinal playoff.
The current monarchs took the lead in the second inning when outfielder Abdel Civil blasted a two-run homer off the loser Freddy A. Alvarez who also allowed nine hits.
The win went to Vladimir Garcia who only surrendered three hits in seven innings but faced too many complications due to his lack of control as he gave away six walks.
Villa Clara came close in the bottom of the eighth when scoring once off reliever Vladimir Baños, but the visitors scored six runs in the ninth thanks to a costly error, a walk with the bases loaded and a grand slam by outfielder Yoelvis Fiss, all-time leader of this stat in postseason.
Closer Jose Angel Garcia earned his 17th save of the season, leader.
Both sides travel today to Ciego de Avila to decide there the one advancing to the grand finale. (acn)