Daily Cuban League Action Update (for April 13, 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.

Frequent updates concerning Cuban League action and periodic video clips/links on Cuban baseball are also regularly available on my Facebook page. Those interested in Cuban baseball may also wish to “friend” me on Facebook.

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Player of the Day: Robelio Carrillo fires clutch two-hitter to tighten Villa Clara lock on first place in the Oriente.

It is hard to believe that Granma would crush Holguín 12-0 and then 14-0 in two consecutive outings and yet league-leading slugging leader Alfredo Despaigne would be held without a single hit or RBI during the two one-sided knockout games. But such are the vagaries of baseball. Despite yesterday’s romp Granma fell back into a fourth-place tie with Santiago when the Avispas swept a doubleheader in Las Tunas (the opener a completion of Wednesday’s suspended contest). Elsewhere in Thursday’s league action southpaw Robelio Carrillo (now 6-4 on the season) hurled a brilliant two-hitter (7 Ks and zero walks) to lift Villa Clara to a 1.5 game advantage over Ciego de Avila in the Oriente League first-place race. Andy Zamora (four hits) and Ariel Borrero (3 safeties) paced the offense for the Orangemen. Also Pinar del Río posted a three spot on home turf in the bottom of the first frame and then made that slim advantage stand up through nine innings to gain a hard-earned 3-2 victory over Ciego de Avila. The victory kept Pinar alive in the tussle with Sancti Spíritus (a loser for the second straight day to basement-dwelling Mayabeque) for a final Occidental League playoff ticket. The heart-stopping Vegueros win also further damaged the chances for Roger Machado’s Ciego club to overtake Villa Clara in the eastern division title hunt.

Results of Thursday, April 12, 2012

(Boldface team is home club)

Mayabeque 8, Sancti Spíritus 0

Cienfuegos 2, Isla de la Juventud 1

Matanzas 9, Metropolitanos 4

Villa Clara 3, Artemisa 0

Granma 14, Holguín 0 (KO)

Camagüey 13, Guantánamo 2 (KO)

Pinar del Río 3, Ciego de Avila 2

Santiago de Cuba 5, Las Tunas 2

Santiago 8, Las Tunas 7 (suspended game from Wednesday)

Idle: Industriales

League Standings (April 12, 2012)

Boldface teams have clinched playoff appearance

Occidental League

Team Games Wins Losses Pct. Margin
Matanzas 89 52 37 .584
Industriales 90 52 38 .578 0.5
Cienfuegos 89 51 38 .573 1.0
Sancti   Spíritus 88 45 43 .511 6.5
Pinar del   Río 93 45 48 .482 9.0
Isla de   la Juventud 89 36 53 .404 16.0
Metropolitanos 89 35 54 .393 17.0
Artemisa 89 33 56 .371 19.0
Mayabeque 89 30 59 .337 22.0

Oriental League

Team Games Wins Losses Pct. Margin
Villa Clara 89 53 36 .596
Ciego de Avila 90 52 38 .578 1.5
Las Tunas 87 50 37 .575 2.0
Granma 89 50 39 .562 3.0
Santiago   de Cuba 89 50 39 .562 3.0
Guantánamo 87 41 46 .471 11.0
Camagüey 92 43 49 .467 11.5
Holguín 89 41 48 .461 12.0

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

Slugging: José Dariel Abreu (Cienfuegos) .814

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

Innings: Ismel Jiménez (Sancti Spíritus) 177.0

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