Havana, Sep 17.- A six-fold tie at the top of the standings between Granma, Camagüey, Holguín, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba and Industriales - all with a balance of three victories and one defeat - was the balance left this Wednesday by the marathon day of 11 games in the second sub-series of the 60th National Baseball Series.
Certainly, the series is very young as each team has played just five of the 75 games indicated by the preliminary phase schedule. But if these attractive first chords are maintained, the season promises a much disputed ending.
The current national runners-up Los Toros de la Llanura, who had to play two games - this Tuesday had to be sealed due to rain - divided honors against Mayabeque in a hitting festival, since between both teams they signed 46 races.
In the first hour Camagüey won with a score of 19-17, with a pair of home runs by catcher Luis Gómez; In the closing game, the Hurricanes beat 6-4, thanks to a cluster of five touchdowns in the third inning, in which Yasnel González's home run was key. Julio Martínez won and Richard Aguilera yielded.
At the Mártires de Barbados stadium, the Alazanes from Granma won the double commitment to Pinar del Río –they had to finish one sealed by darkness-, both with partial closings of 8-7 and 3-2; wins for Juan Danilo Pérez and Joel Mejías.
On the offensive by the students of the mentor Carlos Martí, the reinstated first baseman and third bat Guillermo Avilés stood out in that pair of challenges, who went 9-6 including a home run and four RBIs.
Meanwhile, the Holguin Cubs relied on their 13-hit artillery to get rid of Artemisa by a knockout of 11-1 in eight innings, with a highlight at the ready for second baseman Yosvany Millán, who went 5-3, with a pair of doubles, a triple, two trailers and a pair of runs. Luis Ángel Gómez won and Yunieski García charged with the reverse.
In addition, the Elephants from Cienfuegos beat Ciego de Ávila 4-2, by solving a decisive three-run bouquet in the second episode, in which they connected two hits, one of which was endorsed by international César Prieto, valid for chartering two annotations. The success went to Abel Campo and Jasiel Gayón yielded.
At the Guillermón Moncada stadium, the Santiago Wasps broke Industriales undefeated by winning 6-4 with a decisive cluster of four runs in the eighth, when they trailed 2-3 on the board. In that inning, the doublets of emerging Rudens Sánchez and Marcos Fonseca were key.
In the remaining results, Guantánamo beat the Isla de la Juventud twice - they had sealed their match on Tuesday by obscurity -, with partials of 8-5 and 7-3; meanwhile Sancti Spíritus beat Villa Clara 6-2. (ACN) (Photo: Humberto Cid)