Danel Castro and the prize for a life
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Just when the I Elite League reaches the middle of its calendar and the advantage of the leader, Agricultores, is widening, Danel Castro made news about Cuban baseball, crowning himself the new King of the jit in the national circuits. The man from Las Tunas left behind the mark of 2,378 hits by Enrique Díaz from the capital, by hitting two hits on this Wednesday, against the Agropecuarios team, in the Nelson Fernández park, in San José de las Lajas.

He did not need a record to recognize him as one of the greatest baseball players on the Island. The mere fact that at 46 years of age I continued to be dedicated to the field, being an example, and an unbalancing player for the opponent is already more than enough merit. .

But Don Danel registered the maximum figure for history, and as if that were not enough, he did it in an epic way: he tied the mark with a home run over the left field fences, and then the experienced young man put an outboard motor on his legs and took over the pinnacle of hits in Cuba with a home run inside the field.

The idol of Manatí completed his feat in 9001 home appearances, according to Dubler Velázquez, in the newspaper26, from Las Tunas, there were 719, less than the ones needed by that other great that is Enrique Díaz

In the program in which the man from Las Tunas was the main character, his team, Centrales, suffered a double defeat against Portuarios. In the first one, the oranges were practically silenced by the pitchers of the Havana-Mayabaquense formation, because even though he allowed four scores, his opponents could only hit him three hits.

Two of those rockets were the ones that made Danel Castro the undisputed monarch, with which, in addition, he propelled three of the four scores for his team. In the second match of the day between the two teams, the score quickly opened in favor of Portuario, who celebrated the first great performance of one of his main weapons in pitching. Yadián Martínez, who did not allow clean runs in six complete ones, in which he allowed four hits, struck out three and transferred one.

While that was happening in Mayabeque, in Holguín Agricultores signed its fourth consecutive victory, the last three over Cafetaleros. In that game, Leandro Martínez claimed his third victory of the season, as he worked in six complete ones, spacing out seven hits, with three strikeouts and two walks, while Alberto Pablo Civil saved his sixth game of the fight.

Winners continues in the second position of the table, but now separated by four and a half games, after defeating Tabacaleros, by the minimum, in a duel in which of the four unstoppables of the group from Sancti Spiritus-Camagüey-Avileña, three came Yordanis Samón’s bat, in a quartet of chances, in which he scored one and drove in another.

La Liga is already over half of its calendar, which means that the teams have 25 or fewer games left and, although there are many games, it will be very difficult to drop from the standings to the leader of the contest throughout this first half. Meanwhile, the Portuarios basement is required to win much more than he loses in the remainder of the calendar, but the truth is that he has been recovering. For example, in the last ten games, he already had a positive balance of six wins, with 24 starts remaining, he is three and a half games from the qualifying zone, which Tabacaleros is now closing.

In the middle of the calendar, a look at the parameters of the match allows us to express that the League continues to be dominated by the area of ​​the pitchers. The campaign shows an ERA of 3.62 earned runs per game of nine innings and, although he strikes out a few, the tickets are not above those withdrawn via strikes, a very close border in the National Series. The statistics show that there are 4.24 strikeouts per challenge and 3.19 bases per outing.

The hitters have not passed the 276 offensive average, and there is a low production of extra-base hits, only 254 in 150 games held, and the home runs are 64 in total. On defense, the tournament has an indicated of 977.

All these parameters, compared to the last National Series, are qualitatively superior, except for the offense.

If one wants to know the reasons why Agricultores has been reigning since the very beginning of the tournament, the answer is because it is the team that defends the best, 984, well above the average for the tournament; He is also the one with the highest offensive average when compiling for 302, the only one above 300, and in this aspect he is the second in extra-base hits (45), only Ganaderos has more than 48. Although the home runs he has connected are 12, they are behind de Ganaderos, who with 16 is the greatest producer of home runs, and is also the one who has scored the most runs, with 117. In pitching, his 3.42 clean runs per game is only surpassed by the Centrales (3, 40).

It is true that half of the calendar remains, but only a debacle, which cannot be seen on the horizon, would prevent this team, led by a winner like Professor Carlos Martí, from being in the playoffs. But, also, if that phase were right now, there is little gunpowder in the rest of his rivals to be able to bring him down.

RESULTS OF THE DAY OF SEPTEMBER 23

Nelson Fernandez

C.

h

AND

power stations

001 021 0

4

3

1

port

000 220 1

5

eleven

1

G: Juan Xavier Penalver (3-2). Q: Pedro M. Castillo (0-1). Juniors: D. Castro (2) and D. Laza

Nelson Fernandez

C.

h

AND

port

062 001 0

9

14

1

power stations

000 010 1

two

7

two

G: Yadian Martinez (3-3). Q: Eriel Carrillo (1-2)

Calixto Garcia

C.

h

AND

Farmers

002 010 000

3

6

1

coffee growers

000 000 001

1

10

1

G: Leandro Martinez (3-2). Q: Ruben Rodriguez (0-1).

July 26

C.

h

AND

ranchers

000 002 100

3

4

1

tobacco growers

200,000,000

two

10

0

G: Yander Guevara (3-0). Q: Dorvis Navarro (2-2). Jr: Yor Alarcon

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