Granma is the most inspiring and happy team in Cuba baseball after beating Matanzas and coming from behind in the semifinals of the postseason. This result is certainly inconceivable, not even foreseen by any specialists.
The party started in Granma at 16:51 and it will last for years to come, not matter what may occur against Ciego de Avila in the finals. This team broke the predictions and beat in game 7 the Crocodiles 12x2. Such result led them to improve its best position in the standings ever.
Sunday game began with a stellar pitching matchup: RHP Lazaro Blanco and LHP Yoanis Yera. Zeroes were on the board until the third inning. In the top of the 4th, Roel Santos doubled off Yera. Afterwards, the left-handed dominated Manduley in a groundball but he allowed an RBI single from Yunior Paumier with Matanzas playing strangely the infield in.
After allowing a single by Alfredo Despaigne, the Crocodile manager substituted in a hurry his most dependable starter. An inning later, Matanzas’ fans witnessed for 50 minutes how Granma scored ten times, highlighting the grand slam by Yoelkis Cespedes.
From that moment on, it was a matter of time.
To Granma players, the HONOR with capital letters, praising their sacrifice and attitude, the outstanding team chemistry with all the reinforcement (Paumier, Manduley, Frank Camilo, Entenza, Laza, Lahera, Yoelkis Cruz) and above all, the accuracy and patience of manager Carlos Marti.
The finals between the Tigers and Sorrels will kick off next Wednesday at Jose Ramon Cepero Stadium. The possible pitching matchup for game 1 would be RHP Vladimir Garcia and RHP Yoelkis Cruz.
Granma manager highlighted in the press conference that he always trusted his players in such a decisive game. Starter Lazaro Blanco thanked the advices of pitching guru Jose Manuel Cortina to improve his strategy in such a crucial game.
On the other hand, manager Victor Mesa stated that he is done managing Matanzas. “I will take a break. Nobody has talked to me about anything related to Industriales. Nonetheless, I keep on saying people can count on me to help Cuban baseball. I am not quitting managing Cuba national team for the World Baseball Classic, but it gets away from me”.
Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz / Cubasi Translation Staff