Samón hit first Grand Slam of the 51 NS. Wednesday Results
by Ray Otero
December 01, 2011
On Wednesday afternoon/night, the first shutout and Grand Slam of the 51 National Series were produced while three teams, Industriales, Matanzas and Cienfuegos, remained undefeated in the West and Ciego de Avila, Villa Clara, Holguín and Camagüey lost in the East.
Righty Angel Peña (1-0) and closer Yasniel Sosa combined for a 5-hits shutout of the Pinar del Río Tobacco Growers on Wednesday night, giving manager Ruperto Zamora his first win in National Series history. The Roosters leadoff hitter Robeirsis Ramos went 3-for-3 with a double and Reinier Verano (0-1) allowed 3 runs in 5 innings to get the defeat. The Roosters continued struggling defensively adding two more errors in the series.
Granma's first basemen Yordanis Samón hit the first Grand Slam of the season.
In the East, Granma used 5 homeruns to beat Camagüey 8-7. Alfredo Despaigne was one of the heroes of the game hitting a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th against reliever Yoandri Quiala (0-1), the loser. First basemen Yordanis Samón added two homeruns – one of them the first Grand Slam of the season – in the bottom of the 6th inning against starter Fidel Romero, producing 5-RBIs for the winners. Carlos Benítez and Ramón Tamayo had the other two round trippers for Granma. Alexei Alarcón (1-0) threw 2 1/3 innings of relief allowing only 1 hit to get the win. For the losers Dariel Alvarez homered.
Back in the West the Industriales Lions repeated its performance of Tuesday afternoon, beating the Pinecutters 14-4 in 8 innings applying the mercy rule. Irait Chirino produced his second homer of the season going 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs against La Isla. Alex Malleta also added 4 RBIs leading the team to an easy win. Starter Darwin R. Beltrán (1-0) got the win after pitching 6 complete innings with 3 hits allowed and striking out 3 and walking one. Luis Manuel Suárez (0-1) allowed 6 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings of work and was charged with the loss.
The Matanzas Crocodiles kept its losing record clean after beating the Mayabeque Hurricanes 12-3. Víctor Mesa’s team produced 16 hits including 4 doubles to give reliever Yasmani Arias (1-0) his first win of the season. Arias threw 3 innings of relief and allowed 2 runs. Two more relievers – Youser Aguilar and Félix Fuentes – combined for two shutout innings to secure the win for the Crocodiles. José Betancourt (0-1) allowed 4 runs in 5 innings of work to get the loss.
Guantánamo Indians 8, Villa Clara Orangemen 6
W: Douglas Lafargue (1-0), L: Luis Borroto (0-1)
HR: Giorvis Duvergel (Gtm), Ramón Lunar (Vcl) and Yorkis la Rosa (Vcl)
Santiago de Cuba Wasps 9, Ciego de Avila Tigers 3
W: Denny Alá (1-0), L: Osmar Carrero (0-1)
HR: Héctor Olivera (Scu)
Las Tunas Woodcutters 8, Holguín Cubs 4
W: Alexei Sánchez (1-0), L: Carlos González (0-1)
HR: Joan C. Pedroso (Ltu) and Yosvany Alarcón (Ltu)
Cienfuegos Elephants 6, Artemisa Hunters 3
W: Noelvis Entenza (1-0), L: Yulieski González (0-1)