EVERYONE LINKED: The LVBP started with three Cubans in action

By Juan Páez

Many of the Cubans who saw action on Saturday’s day in the winter leagues showed the best of their offense. In the Mexican Pacific League, Maikel Serrano and Josuan Hernández excelled in the batter’s box, while Yordanys Linares gave his team victory on the opening date of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.

As for Serrano, first base was vital in the victory of the Mayos de Navojoa 2 × 0 over the Charros de Jalisco. The Cuban slugger went 3-2 with his fourth home run of the season. He pushed a run to reach 17 and establish himself as the driving force leader of the Aztec circuit, scored once, walked and struck out once (.373).

Serrano’s home run came in the eighth episode of the commitment to put final figures 2 × 0 and give peace of mind to his club to close the ninth for Charros and achieve the victory.

In that game, teammate Roel Santos singled on four valid chances, striking out and one out on a steal attempt (.275).

Although the Cañeros de Los Mochis fell 6 × 2 against Sultanes de Monterrey and maintained their terrible start to the campaign, with a record of 3-12, Josuan Hernández tripled four official opportunities with the tree (.298). The third baseman, who also stole his third baseman of the year, continues to skyrocket. In fact, in his last four games he has seven singles in 16 legal at-bats, with a pair of made (.438).

For Tomateros de Culiacán, Yoelkis Guibert hit a single in three rounds to the box, with an RBI (2), scored, walked, and a pair of strikeouts (.237). Another who hit was Ronnier Mustelier (Aguilas de Mexicali), 4-1, with a fan (.237). Finally, Yadir Drake (Algodoneros de Guasave), closed the day 4-0, with a couple of chocolates (.309). Although Drake started hot, he has slowed down and is 30-7 in his last eight games (.233).

As for pitching in the Mexican league, Daysbel Hernández (Cañeros) continues his good moment in the last innings of Los Mochis. This time he threw a perfect 1.0 inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Thus he lowered his ERA to 2.84.


On the opening day of the Venezuelan league, there were three imported Cubans in action. The one with the best performance was Yordanys Linares, who was uniform from the first day with the Cardenales de Lara despite having started the campaign in Mexico with the Sultans of Monterrey.

Linares finished 4-2, with his first double, his first RBI and a strikeout (.500), a key performance in the 3 × 2 victory of Lara over Margarita’s Braves. His manufactured run, which came with a single at the end of the seventh inning, was to break the two-line tie and give the Cardinals the win.

The other two who saw action were Yosmany Guerra, with Leones del Caracas, and Raico Santos, with the Tigres de Aragua. The first went 3-1, with a ticket (.333), while Santos drove one (1) and tied 4-1, with a passport and fan (.250).

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EVERYONE LINKED: The LVBP started with three Cubans in action