Iván Prieto hit a home run with a full house and the current champions of Granma defeated the Industriales of the capital 11-3 this Friday night, in an exhibition game that ended a baseball day where the 60th anniversary of the start of our National Series was celebrated.
With the presence of Riccardo Francari, President of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), a challenge began where the legendary Pedro Chávez, Jorge Trigoura, and Julio González, representatives of those founders of these domestic championships, were honored.
The oriental horses made an explosive package of eight races in the tenth episode, after completing the nine innings agreed upon in a hug with the hosts, in a duel that until then was worthy of this important celebration for Cuban baseball.
Guillermo Carmona’s troop was handcuffed by the starter Yoel Mojena, who did not allow freedoms in five chapters, but then they rebelled against the shipments of relievers Kelbis Rodriguez and Carlos Santana, and scored three lines in the eighth inning, to match the actions of the game.
One inning later, the stands of the Cerro colossus shook again, when they threatened to leave their rivals lying on the ground, but Jorge Luis Barcelán produced a double play with congested angles, which left the scene ready for Alazanes to go on the offensive.
A shooting error by first baseman Yasiel Santoya combined with four hits to produce the game-defining bouquet. Double against David Mena by third baseman Osvaldo Abreu, who had already saved his team with a spectacular catch when the ranch was on fire in the eighth, and Prieto’s devastating blow against Remberto Barreto’s shipments, completed the party.
For the national champions, Raico Santos also stood out with a solitary home run and for Industriales Santoya and Barcelán scored a couple of hits, the latter with a tubey included.
The success went to reliever Juan Danilo Pérez as he pitched 1 2/3 innings without allowing a score, a pitcher who hasn’t lost a game in five seasons with a record nine wins.