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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Cepeda’s Two-Run Homer Saves Cuba in Haarlem
Havana, Cuba, Jul 17.- Designed-hitter Frederich Cepeda’s homer with one on board in the eighth against Chinese Taipei, saved Cuba from its third straight loss in the Haarlem Baseball Week.
The Chinese starter Chen Meng Fan tossed seven scoreless innings, mainly due to the lack of a Cuban hit with runners in scoring position, till Cepeda’s blast out of a fastball in the strike zone.
Taipei opened the scored at the top of the fifth inning against Odrisamer Despaigne, thanks to costly error by second baseman Rudy Reyes, who usually plays at third base and shortstop with Industriales in the Cuban League.
After the Cubans took the lead in the eighth, the Chinese team threatened to tie the game in the top of the ninth when they had a single and reliever Norberto Gonzalez walked a batter.
With two runners on base and one out, Cuban manager Victor Mesa brought closer Pablo Fernandez, who forced the next batter to hit a groundout, good for a doble play, thus securing Cuba’s victory.
The Cuban offensive has been shut down during this tournament with only 18 hits in three games, for a team’s average of .198, and only 6 runs.
In the first two appearances, Cuba lost to Puerto Rico 1-2, considered the weakest team prior to the event, and to the US team 2-5.
The Haarlem Baseball Week, hosted in the Netherlands, started in 1961 and Cuba has won the title in 1972 (first in his group), 1974, 1996 and 1998, while the locals are the defending champions, defeating precisely Cuba in the final in 2010. (ACN).
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