Baseball: Cuban Alfredo Despaigne hits his first home run of the season in Japan


The slug Cuban Alfredo Despaigne hit his first home run of the season this Friday to contribute to the victory of the SoftBank Falcons over the Chunichi Dragons with a 6-0 scoreboard, in the Japan Professional Leagueaccording to official media on the island.

The man from Granma hit the homer in his only turn of the game as a pinch hitter and drove in two runs to raise his offensive average to .400, according to a office of the Cuban News Agency (Acn).

Despaigne also added his first two RBIs of the campaign, since he is recovering from an injury and has barely been able to participate in a dozen games for his team, one of which plays in the Pacific division of the Japanese tournament, refers the medium.

His teammate and compatriot Yurisbel Gracial got a couple of hits in his four appearances in the batting cage to increase his average to .279, adds the publication-

On the losing side, the yumurino Ariel Martínez hit a single in his three appearances in the batting box and set his average at .310, says the Acn.

For his part, starting player from Villa Clara Dayán Viciedo, whose contract is not covered by the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) Like Despaigne, Gracial and Martínez, he had one hit in four at-bats and now has an average of .261

The agency reports that in other matches of the day with the participation of Cuban players without the support of the FCB, the Yomiuri Giants beat the Lotte Marines 10-3 at the Tokyo Dome.

For Lotte, outfielder Leonys Martín from Villa Clara went 2-3, with a double, a single, a run scored and a walk to raise his average to .154; while Santiago shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría added a single in four innings to raise his to .217, the Acn specifies.



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