The team from Pinar del Río got the last place available for the postseason of the 61 baseball national series in Cuba, after Villa Clara was left without options after falling to Artemisa this Thursday in a disputed match, according to official media reports on the island.
The Villa Clara needed to prevail in the four postponed matches of the regular calendar, but after winning the first two, they gave way with a tight 4-3 scoreline against the Artemiseño cast, according to a office of the Cuban News Agency (ACN).
Many congratulations to the members of the team #PRIwho become the 8th classified to the playoffs of the #61SNB. We also acknowledge all of #LCV to fight until the last moment. The “Sugar Bowls” gave great color to the Series. #CubaLiveAndWork pic.twitter.com/LFieywKrJy
– Juan Reinaldo FCB (@JuanReinaldoPer) May 19, 2022
The media reports that the pulse came in the eighth inning, tied at three runs, but Henry Llorente from Artemisa hit reliever Randy Cueto with a double to push in the run that, temporarily, decided the duel.
The people from Villa Clara tried to balance the score again in the ninth inning, but the experienced reliever José Ángel García secured the victory to reach 11 games saved in the current series and 284 in his rich history, the undisputed leader in Cuban baseball, the publication details.
In this way, the eight teams that will continue in the fight for the title of the major tournament of baseball in Cubabut only the first three places in the classification that will allow to order the crossings of the next stage have been completed.
The Cuban agency recalls that the teams from Sancti Spíritus, Las Tunas and the exponent monarch Granma, dominate the Chinese in the standings, in that order, but that the rest of the positions will be known when the three pending matches are held. .
Next Saturday Villa Clara-Mayabeque and Industriales-Artemisa will be measured, while on Sunday the series closes with another match between Leones and Cazadores in the Latin American stadium, the information points out.
If Industriales wins, one of its two postponed games, then Pinar del Río would remain in eighth position and would have to meet the leader Sancti Spíritus in the next instance of the contest. Otherwise, it would be the people of the capital who would close the classified table.