Ray Otero  (Baseballdecuba.com)

The Isla de la Juventud Pirates won their playoff ticket on the last day of the regular season. Now they have the hard task of facing the league leaders, Matanzas.
The Isla de la Juventud Pirates won their playoff ticket on the last day of the regular season. Now they have the hard task of facing the league leaders, Matanzas.

HAVANA TIMES – The Isla de la Juventud Pirates completed a series sweep over Industriales on Thursday night, with another dramatic 6-5 victory once again decided in the ninth inning, and advanced to the Cuban baseball playoffs for the time first since the 2008-09 season. The win left the reigning champion, Pinar del Río, one game out of the postseason after also sweeping their final three game series over Artemisa.

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The Pirates also made history with their victory to take fourth place; for the first time ever in modern day Cuban baseball, the big four, Villa Clara, Santiago de Cuba, Industriales and Pinar del Río were all eliminated.

Postseason 2015 Cuban baseball will begin next Tuesday March 24, when the Isla de la Juventud (49-38) travels to Matanzas (55-32), the season’s league leader.

A day later the second and third place finishers, Granma (53-34) and the 2012 champions, Ciego de Avila (50-37) will square off in Granma in the other semifinal series.

 Postseason Schedule (2014-2015 season)
SEMIFINAL 1 – Matanzas vs. Isla de la Juventud
Game 17:15 pmTuesday, March 24Ijv vs. MtzBox
Game 27:15 pmWednesday, March 25Ijv vs. MtzBox
Game 37:15 pmFriday, March 27Mtz vs. IjvBox
Game 43:00 pmSaturday, March 28Mtz vs. IjvBox
Game 5 (*)3:00 pmSunday, March 29Mtz vs. IjvBox
Game 6 (*)7:15 pmTuesday, March 31Ijv vs. MtzBox
Game 7 (*)7:15 pmWednesday, April 1Ijv vs. MtzBox
SEMIFINAL 2 – Granma vs. Ciego de Avila
Game 13:00 pmWednesday, March 25Cav vs. GraBox
Game 27:15 pmThursday, March 26Cav vs. GraBox
Game 37:15 pmSaturday, March 28Gra vs. CavBox
Game 47:15 pmSunday, March 29Gra vs. CavBox
Game 5 (*)7:15 pmMonday, March 30Gra vs. CavBox
Game 6 (*)3:00 pmWednesday, April 1Cav vs. GraBox
Game 7 (*)7:15 pmThursday, April 2Cav vs. GraBox
(*) If necessary.     If one series ends before game 7, the remaining games of other series will be night games.

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