Daily Cuban League Action Update (for April 17, 2012)

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Player of the Day: With save number 27 Isla's Danni Aguilera has equalled the National Series single-season record set only last season by Duniel Ibarra.

Pinar’s Vegueros has already surrendered all but the slimmest possibility of defending their National Series #50 league title and seem destined to sit on the sideline for this year’s post-season festivities. With but one game remaining on their own schedule Pinar now trails Sancti Spíritus (with five games remaining after tonight) by five games in the loss column and thus is all but eliminated from the playoff picture. Nonetheless the Vegueros have been making life miserable for Industriales, winning again today against the Blue Lions and thus dropping the capital city club two full games behind Matanzas (and into a second-place tie with Cienfuegos) in the Occidental League first-place tussle. Today’s Pinar victory in Capitan San Luis came via a 2-1 squeaker decided in the tenth frame via the tie-breaking Schiller Rule. Osniel Madera punched home the winning tally with a clutch one-out single in the tenth frame.

Cienfuegos moved into a second place deadlock with the Lions on the strength of a 5-3 victory over Santiago that featured José Dariel Abreu’s 34th homer of the season. Abreu now stands only one homer away from tying Alfredo Despaigne’s recently set National Series record and also matching Despaigne for the current league led. In the day’s second record-setting performance, Isla closer Danni Aguilera picked up save number 27 in Nueva Gerona to equal the National Series record set only last season by Cienfuegos bullpen ace Duniel Ibarra.

Results of Tuesday, April 17, 2012

(Boldface team is home club)

Pinar del Río 2. Industriales 1 (10)

Isla de la Juventud 6, Mayabeque 3

Artemisa 3, Metropolitanos 1

Matanzas 2, Guantánamo 1

Cienfuegos 5, Santiago de Cuba 3

Holguín 3, Villa Clara 0

Las Tunas 6, Ciego de Avila 4 (10)

Sancti Spíritus at Granma 0 (late game)

Idle: Camagüey

League Standings (April 17, 2012)

Boldface teams have clinched playoff appearance

Occidental League

Team Games Wins Losses Pct. Margin
Matanzas 92 54 38 .587
Cienfuegos 92 52 40 .565 2.0
Industriales 92 52 40 .565 2.0
Sancti   Spíritus 90 47 43 .522 6.0
Pinar del   Río 95 47 48 .495 8.5
Isla de   la Juventud 92 39 53 .424 15.0
Metropolitanos 92 36 56 .391 17.5
Artemisa 92 35 57 .380 19.0
Mayabeque 92 30 62 .326 24.0

Oriental League

Team Games Wins Losses Pct. Margin
Villa Clara 92 55 37 .598
Las Tunas 91 53 38 .582 1.5
Ciego de   Avila 92 52 40 .565 3.0
Santiago   de Cuba 92 51 41 .554 4.0
Granma 91 50 41 .549 4.5
Holguín 92 43 49 .467 12.0
Guantánamo 90 42 48 .467 12.0
Camagüey 93 43 50 .462 12.5

Individual Batting Leaders

Ave: José Dariel Abreu (Cienfuegos) .390

Hits: Yordanis Samón (Granma) 124

Hits: Yordan Manduley (Holguín (Holguín) 124

Runs: Ramón Tamayo (Granma) 83

Runs: Alfredo Despaigne (Granma) 83

Runs: Guillermo Heredia (Matanzas) 83

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

RBI: Alfredo Despaigne (Granma) 101

Slugging: José Dariel Abreu (Cienfuegos) .827

Individual Pitching Leaders

Wins: Ismel Jiménez (Sancti Spíritus) 17

ERA: Vladimir García (Ciego de Avila) 1.78

Complete Games: Vladimir García (Ciego de Avila) 11

Saves: Danni Aguilera (Isla de la Juventud) 27 (ties league record)

Ks: Yadier Pedroso (Artemisa) 122

Innings: Ismel Jiménez (Sancti Spíritus) 185.0

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