Cuba Edges Past Holland and Puerto Rico in Premier 12 Baseball Tournament

Danny Betancourt got the final two outs to set the stage for Cuba's walk off win in the bottom of the tenth. Foto: Ricardo Lopez Hévia e/ scambray.cu
Danny Betancourt got the final two outs to set the stage for Cuba’s walk off win in the bottom of the tenth. Foto: Ricardo Lopez Hévia / escambray.cu

HAVANA TIMES — After a poor opener, losing 5-1 to Canada, team Cuba rebounded for two hard fought wins over Holland 6-5 and Puerto Rico 8-7 in 10 innings in the Premier 12 baseball tournament in Taipei.

Suffering from having lost dozens of their top players and prospects in recent times, who left the country seeking contracts in Major League Baseball and other foreign leagues, the islanders played on Thursday with three Gourriel brothers (Yulieski, Yunieski and Lourdes) in the starting lineup against Puerto Rico.

Freddy Asiel Alvarez pitched 6.2 strong innings, but a botched relief job from Yennier Cano and Hector Mendoza (who gave up a three-run homer to Richard Thon) blew a 7-2 lead in the top of the ninth forcing the game into extra innings.

Danny Betancourt came on to get the final two outs in the top of the tenth, including striking out Thon. Cuba then came through with the winning run for a walk-off victory when Yordan Manduley scored on a fielder’s choice.

Boxscores: Canada 5 – Cuba 1,   Cuba 6 – Holland 5,   Cuba 8 – Puerto Rico 7.

Cuba’s next game is at 5:30 a.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 14th, closing the qualifying round against Italy on the 15th.

The top four teams in each group make it to the one game do-or-die quarterfinals to be played on Nov. 16th.

Grupo A

Group AWLPCTGB
Canada301,000
Cuba21,6661
Netherlands21,6661
Chinese Taipei12,3332
Puerto Rico12,3332
Italy030003

Grupo B

Group BWLPCTGB
Japan301,000
USA21,6661
South Korea 21,6661
Venezuela12,3332
Mexico12,3332
Dominican Republic030003

 


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