By Robiel Vega / @ robielcuba87
In the continuation of the preparation of the U23 team for the Pan American Youth Games based in Cali, Colombia, they faced off against the preselection of Industriales and this time, although they won again, things did not happen easily.
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From the very first inning, Cuba’s newcomers took advantage with a hit by Roberto Álvarez, a triple by Roidel Martínez and an RBI hit by Guillermo García. They extended the lead one inning later with a highlight for Ariel Pestano Jr. with a pitch and excellent base run, hit by Roberto Álvarez, walk to Roidel Martínez and two-run RBI double from Guantanamo fourth batter Pedro Revilla.
Closing the first third, the advantage of youth Cuba became greater, by Tony Guerra’s double and Jorge Guerra’s single pusher and it seemed that the clash would end completely on one side.
But in the fifth and sixth innings came the blue reaction, first by a two-run homer of the fourth bat and first baseman Walter Abreu, who returns to the capital after his time at the Villa Clara Leopardos and then due to defensive failures in the Under 23 that allowed the third touchdown, all on the account of reliever Kelvis Rodríguez.
The seventh and ultimately decisive youth career came in the bottom of the fifth by a cannon shot from Jorge Rojas who brought Pedro Revilla from third place, who had received a ticket opening entry.
But the Blues didn’t give up and made three more in the top of the sixth inning. The entrance was opened by Alexis Varona, Joassan Guillén and Jorge Alomá with individual cannon shots at Kelvis Rodríguez and when it seemed that he would be substituted, they gave him an excessive vote of confidence and Yosvani Peñalver punished him with a tremendous line to the right that towed the fourth and fifth of the Lions of the Capital.
Before the next pitcher, José Eduardo Santos, they could do nothing more and only with a grounder to second by Oscar Valdés was he able to enter the sixth and last score of the game. The inning was closed with a flourish by Guillermo García with an excellent fielding in right field that saved the tie. With the added value of doing it in a position that is not very usual.
Finally, the clash was won by starter Naykel Cruz, who in three innings did not allow a run and only had two hits. He struck out 6 and gave away four tickets as a negative. The defeat ran to the account of Brian Delgado, who in two innings was punished and allowed five of the 7 touchdowns of the youth. José Eduardo Santos, with an excellent job in two innings, scored the point for a save game.
Tomorrow at one in the afternoon both teams will meet again and from Full swing We will be taking you all the details.