By José Alejandro Rodríguez Zas
Former Cuba team pitcher and leader of the Industriales rotation in the National Series for several seasons, the right Odrisamer Despaigne, defeated left-handed Ariel Miranda in a Cuban duel in Game 3 of the Final Series of the KBO, the Korean professional baseball league.
However, in addition to the collective achievement, Despaigne’s performance of 5.2 innings without allowing earned runs, with two hits and four strikeouts, on task of 69 pitches, earned the Cuban to be recognized as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the game. and, incidentally, receive a cash incentive for your result.
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“That award is given to the most outstanding player of the match. It’s a check for 1 million Korean won, equivalent to about $ 1,000, ”Odrisamer said exclusively for Full swing.
“He hadn’t pitched for more than 15 days. It was quite a rest, but I was mentally prepared that I had to do my best and well, the results came out, “added the right about his excellent start as a starter.
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As reported on this website, Odrisamer’s triumph put his team KT Wiz with a comfortable 3-0 lead in the match against the Doosan Bears and they will have three games to go to achieve a victory that gives the team their first league title.
“This game put the team in an unbeatable position to win the championship. We are playing very well, it is difficult that Doosan can raise us a 3-0 “, expressed Odrisamer to Full swing.
In relation to his rival on the box, the also Cuban Ariel Miranda, the capital city expressed:
“Miranda is my friend first, we played together for one year in Industriales, then we played in Baltimore, we are neighbors in the United States and we have always gotten along very well. Here in Korea we share all the time. In sports, he was the best pitcher of the regular season and it is very likely that he will win the MVP of the tournament. He’s always been a great pitcher, I even think he should still be pitching in the big leagues.
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The former Industriales pitcher for eight seasons in the National Series recognized the praise Cuban players receive from the Korean public at each outing on the field and stressed that the game in question was historic for the Antilleans at KBO.
«In that game we were three Cubans in action in the Final Series of Korea. It was a historic day that shows the quality of Cuban baseball, “confessed Despaigne, in relation to his presence as a starting pitcher for KT Wiz, as well as that of Miranda in a similar role on the side of Doosan with infielder José Miguel Fernández.
Despaigne, who also played six seasons in the Major Leagues, pitching for the San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Angels and Chicago White Sox, in addition to some appearances in Winter Leagues, adds already two campaigns pitching for the KT Wiz at the KBO, in which he accumulates 28 hits with 18 failures, 3.88 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and a total of 317 strikeouts in 396.1 innings of work, throughout his 67 starts.
His last outing in the box was the first of his career in a KBO postseason and his result couldn’t have been better. Congratulations to Odrisamer Despaigne!
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1 MILLION won by Odrisamer by victory and MVP in KBO Final Series