The Cuban team that participates in the World Cup baseball U-15 category suffered its first defeat at the hands of the Puerto Rican squad, and now adds a success and a setback in the tournament.
The Cubans fell to the Puerto Ricans with a final score of 4×2, in their second match in the tournament based in the Venezuelan city of Valencia, says the report from the agency Latin Press (PL).
The match, which was played at the José Bernardo Pérez stadium, was decided at the end of the sixth inning when Puerto Rico produced a cluster of four runs, two of them thanks to a decisive double by catcher Jonathan Matos, who advanced to third on the throw and scored on an error by the Cuban defense, adds the review.
For Cuba, Alejandro Cruz stood out at bat with a couple of RBIs and two hits in three official at-bats. The starter of the Cuban team, Robier Herández, was defeated despite his good work in 5.2 innings pitched, where he only allowed one hit, while Dwen Navarro scored the victory as a reliever for the Puerto Ricans.
With this defeat, the Cuban team anchors third in the standings with a balance of 1-1, behind Puerto Rico, which with its first victory reached second place in the tournament (1-0), and Panama, which tops the standings (2-0). Dominican Republic (0-0), Venezuela (0-1) and Colombia (0-2) close the classification for the moment.
In its first shock The team from the largest of the Antilles, led by Luis Manuel Góngora from Granma, beat Colombia 8×7. The tournament based in Venezuela distributes four places for the World Championship in Mexico of the category, which will begin at the end of next August.