When next Wednesday’s games in the Elite League conclude, we will be, precisely, in the middle of the calendar, that is, in game 25 of the 50 that each team must play in the campaign. However, until today, and it seems that when that moment will come it will be the same, little has changed in the status of each squad, with Agricultores perched and clinging to the top, and Portuarios, although it shows some signs of life, has not been able to leave the cold basement.
This weekend those who live highest in the elite building faced each other, the troops from Las Tunas-Granma and Ganaderos, but everything remained as they ended last Friday, since there was a division of honors, for which the group from Sancti-Camaguey-Avileña continued distanced, three games, from the leader.
Yesterday, coinciding with the opening of the World Cup in Qatar, Agricultores sent to the mound a combination from Las Tunas made up of Angel Sánchez and the rescuer Keniel Ferraz, a duo that left their rivals in six hits, those who only scored once, which for Other than that it was a dirty race, without responsibility for those pitchers. That dominance was enough for Saturday’s revenge.
They also divided Centrales and Cafetaleros, which allowed the orange squad to stay just half a game behind Ganaderos. Yesterday Sunday, the awkward left-hander from the Matancera-Villa Clara-Cienfuegos formation, Dariel Góngora worked in six and two-thirds, allowed two earned runs, walked three, struck out two and accepted five of the seven hits hit by his opponents. His relief struck out four in two and a third, but even so he could not avoid the third of the opponents, by Yoelquis Guibert’s home run.
This result keeps those from coffee in their pulse with Tabacaleros, the two tied for fourth place, even though the owners of La Vega are a bit ahead, due to better average.
On Sunday, the westernmost could not escape that embrace, because they fell to Portuarios in three hours and 21 minutes, after 12 innings, in a challenge that, however, did not have extra-base hits. Key in the victory of the Havana-Mayabequense alliance were the last three innings thrown by Juan Xavier Peñalver. He didn’t get earned, though he allowed two records, with only one hit allowed.
In the individual sections, Pavel Quesada, Centrales third baseman, continues to lead the hitters with an average of 417; Yordanis Samón is the home run leader, with four; Nobody has more RBIs than Yosvani Alarcón, the catcher for Agricultores, and also from that team is the man who has stolen the most bases, Yunieski arduet (5).
Meanwhile, the aces on the mound are Yander Guevara, from ranchers, leading the affectivity, with 1.00 earned runs per game; Dariel Góngora, from Centrales, is the most winner, with four, Yeudis Reyes, from Cafetaleros, is the one who has the most games saved, with five, and center-back Javier Mirabal (20) is the top strikeout.
And as the Elite League progresses, the number of players who play in other circuits also grows, with contracts in which the Cuban Federation (FCB) does not mediate, which are added to integrate the preselection from which the team they represent will come out. to Cuba in the V World Classic, next March.
“In the last few hours, the team manager, Armando Johnson, has received positive responses from Yoan Moncada (Chicago White Sox), Yoenis Céspedes (Águilas Cibaeñas) and Onelkis García (Águilas Cibaeñas) with a view to Cuba’s pre-selection for V World Baseball Classic”, published the FCB on Twitter.
They had previously confirmed Andy Ibáñez (Detroit Tigers), Yoan López (New York Mets) and Elián Leyva (Hermosillo Naranjeros).
The FCB reiterated that it would form a team with stars from its Elite League plus others that are active in Major League Baseball and other professional circuits.
Photo 2: Pavel Quesada remains the leader of the hitters, with an average of 417 (Photo: Abel Rojas Barallobre)