HAVANA TIMES — The Ciego de Avila Tigers (6-1) of the Cuban baseball league won the championship game of the World Baseball Challenge on Thursday in smashing style with a 14-4 knockout over Japan’s JX-Eneos (4-4).
Yander Guevara went the route for Cuba allowing four runs while striking out eight. The Tigers pounded out 16 hits including homers from Yoelvis Fiss, the overall tournament MVP, and Ruben Valdez. Shortstop Yorbis Borrotto also had a big day going 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs.
The USA team NWAAC (4-4) won the bronze game 9-7 over Chinese Taipei’s Nationals (5-3) and Team Canada (0-7) finished last without recording a single victory.
Baseballdecuba.com reported after the game that Ciego’s first baseman Yossen Cuesta decided to abandon the team, seeking a way to remain in Canada in order pursue a professional career.