By Juan Páez
José Miguel Fernández played a key role in this Sunday’s session at the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) so that the Doosan Bears beat LG Twins 10 × 3 and will complete the pass to the next stage of the Korean circuit. The Cuban enjoyed a three-hitter performance in five legal at-bats.
Fernández lacked the triple for the ladder, as he hit a single, double and home run. He also drove in four runs, including the second and third of the match for the Doosan. His performance was completed with a run scored and a walk.
Now the team in which Fernández and Ariel Miranda are active, who could be in the next phase, advanced to the next round to face the Samsung Lions in another series to the best of three challenges. Doosan are just two victories (which would beat the Samsung Lions) away from setting a record with seven consecutive appearances in the Korea Series, the final on the Asian circuit. They won the championship in 2015, 2016 and 2019.
Moving on to what happened in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB, its acronym in English), Leonys Martín was key for the Chiba Lotte Marines to achieve a four-run tie with Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. The draw allowed the club to advance to the next phase of the postseason on the Japanese circuit, where they will face the Buffaloes Orix to fight for a berth to the Japan Series.
Martin went 4-2, with a key RBI that came thanks to a homerun, a monstrous hit that went in a matter of a couple of seconds all over right field. The connection meant the tie at four at the end of the seventh inning and, curiously, it happened in an agonizing count of three balls, two strikes and two outs. Then the video …
Martín, who also scored one and struck out once, led the Chiba Lotte Marines to the next round and together with compatriot Adeiny Hechavarría. The shortstop, this time a starter, went 3-2, with a couple of laps, a walk and a strikeout.
The next series will start on Wednesday between the Chiba Lotte and the Buffaloes Orix. In the other semifinal, for the Central League, the Yomiuri Giants and Tokyo Yakult Swallows face each other.
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José Miguel Fernández did ALMOST EVERYTHING, JONRÓN by Leonys Martín. Cubans in Asia