Daily Cuban League Action Update (for April 12, 2012)

Note: Ray Otero (Director and webmaster of http://www.BaseballdeCuba.com) is traveling in Cuba during the final week of the National Series season and first week of the Cuban playoffs. Because of the lack of regular internet connectivity in Cuba, Ray will not be able to update our main website regularly during that period. Therefore over the next two weeks I am posting daily website reports for Cuban League action on this blog page for the benefit of all our devoted Cuban League followers.

Player of the Day: Yordan Manduley has broken the Holguin club record for single-season base hits.

The surprise game of Wednesday’s league action had to be Metros’ 15-3 knockout victory over Matanzas at Victoria de Girón Stadium. The one-sided win, sparked by a pair of long homers from Jorge Luis Barcelán extended the Warriors’ win streak to four straight games over Victor Mesa’s Occidental League leaders. Metros also recently swept a three-game set with the Crododiles in Havana’s Changa Mederos ballpark. Granma registered an even more crucial KO win at Holguín which pushed the Stallions into sole possession of fourth place in the tight Oriente League playoff hunt. In other significant action Holguín infielder Yordan Manduley lifted his league-leading base hits total to 123, surpassing by one the club record of 122 set back in National Series XLI (2002) by Waldo Dennis. There were no changes in the individual home run and RBI shootout being waged between Alfredo Despaigne and José Dariel Abreu, as the former was held hitless in his team’s rout of Holguín while Abreu sat out the Cienfuegos match with Isla.

Results of Wednesday, April 11, 2012

(Boldface team is home club)

Mayabeque 9, Sancti Spíritus 0

Isla de la Juventud 3, Cienfuegos 1

Metropolitanos 15, Matanzas 3 (KO)

Villa Clara 10, Artemisa 2

Granma 12, Holguín 0 (KO)

Camagüey 3, Guantánamo 1

Idle: Industriales, Pinar del Río, Ciego de Avila, Las Tunas, Sangtiago de Cuba

League Standings (April 12, 2012)

Boldface teams have clinched playoff appearance

Occidental League

Team Games Wins Losses Pct. Margin
Matanzas 88 51 37 .580
Industriales 90 52 38 .578
Cienfuegos 88 50 38 .568 1.0
Sancti   Spíritus 87 45 42 .517 5.5
Pinar del   Río 92 44 48 .478 9.0
Isla de   la Juventud 88 36 52 .409 15.0
Metropolitanos 88 35 53 .398 16.0
Artemisa 88 33 55 .375 18.0
Mayabeque 88 29 59 .330 22.0

Oriental League

Team Games Wins Losses Pct. Margin
Villa Clara 88 52 36 .591
Ciego de Avila 89 52 37 .584 0.5
Las Tunas 86 50 36 .581 1.0
Granma 88 49 39 .557 3.0
Santiago   de Cuba 87 48 39 .552 3.5
Guantánamo 86 41 45 .477 10.0
Holguín 88 41 47 .466 11.0
Camagüey 91 42 49 .462 11.5

Individual Batting Leaders

Ave: José Dariel Abreu (Cienfuegos) .386

Hits: Yordan Manduley (Holguín) 123

Runs: Ramón Tamayo (Granma) 83

HR: Alfredo Despaigne (Granma) 35 (new league record)

RBI: Alfredo Despaigne (Granma) 100

Individual Pitching Leaders

Wins: Ismel Jiménez (Sancti Spíritus) 16

ERA: Vladimir García (Ciego de Avila) 1.78

Complete Games: Vladimir García (Ciego de Avila) 11

Saves: Danni Aguilera (Isla de la Juventud) 24

Ks: Yadier Pedroso (Artemisa) 120

Ks: Odrisamer Despaigne (Industriales) 120

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