By José Alejandro Rodríguez Zas
As is already known, the Cuban baseball team that participates in the III World Cup of the U23 category, now based in Hermosillo, Sonora state, Mexico, has been playing the Super Round of the tournament since yesterday, in order to be included in the discussion. of the medals, scheduled for next Saturday, October 2.
However, to achieve their purpose, the West Indians started off on the left foot, after fall through bulky blackboard 11-0, KO in five innings, against his counterpart from Venezuela, the team that increased the game from start to finish. The capital right Bryan Chi could not stay solid from the hill of martyrdoms and in just two innings the advantage of the morochos was already 6-0
In this way, Cuba has a record of 1-2 and is located in the fifth position of the ranking in this second phase, which shows a quadruple tie at the top between Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela with the same balance of 2-1, while Chinese Taipei closes the table with 0-3
In other results of the first day of the Super Round, the Panama team blanked Mexico with a final score of 2-0 while Colombia came from below twice to beat Chinese Taipei 5-4.
At the end of the game, the manager of the Cuba team, Eriel Sánchez, expressed to the official press of the tournament that this defeat suffered by the Antilleans against Venezuela does not compromise their aspirations to fight for the medals.
“Our beginning was terrible. It was highly unlikely that he would come back from a six-run deficit against Venezuelan pitchers. Still, tomorrow is another day. Baseball gives you a chance to come back the next day. We will have to go to the field more prepared, but this defeat does not compromise our fight for the medals, “said the former receiver from Spiritus.
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For today’s game against Colombia, vital in the aspirations of the Antilleans to move on to the discussion of the medals, the pinero right-hander Jonathan Carbó has already been announced, who pitched against Taipei last Saturday, allowing a single run and two hits. , including a double, in 4.2 innings of action, adding six strikeouts and four walks, to achieve Cuba’s first success in the tournament.
“The Colombian team has had a very good offense in the tournament and has performed very well in that regard,” Carbó said before the game to journalist Guillermo Rodríguez, special envoy of the Cuban press to the event. “But that’s nothing to worry about, you just have to go out and give it your all on the field, be focused on every pitch and every moment of the game and I think things are going to work out and the result will be seen,” he added.
The Cuban party will comment at 1:30 pm Cuban and Eastern United States time. The rest of the matches of the day will be based on Panama vs Taipei from 6:00 pm and in a duel of leaders, Venezuela will collide with Mexico from 8:30 pm.
Eriel Sánchez made some movements in his lineup for today’s game looking to improve on offense, so he took receiver Iván Prieto to the bench, who has not been at all well in the fair.
This is how Cuba will align today:
1- Rodoleisis Moreno (BD) 2- Loidel Chapellí (RF) 3- Guillermo García (1B) 4- Geisel Cepeda (CF) 5- Yuddiel González (LF) 6- Yandi Yanez (3B) 7- Miguel Antonio González (2B) 8- Andrys Pérez (R) 9- Rangel Ramos (SS)