By Robiel Vega/ @robielcuba87
Little by little and despite the injuries, Alfredo Despaigne He has been rediscovering his game and in his most recent presentation, against the Orix Buffaloes, his third ball of the season disappeared to tie the game in the bottom of the so-called «Lucky Seven«.
Left-handed starter Sachiya Yamasaki had been doing a formidable job, not allowing runs, with three hits and eight strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings; but the Cuban, counting one strike and two balls and with a partner in circulation, hooked a break in the high zone at 74.5 MPH that was a real delicacy for him and made it travel all over the left wing in a tremendous line .
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The ball went very quickly and although the hit equaled the actions of the game, the visitors scored one in the next inning and defeated the Softbank Falcons with a final score of 3×2. Incidentally, Despaigne’s home run would be the last hit for his team in the challenge.
For the man from Granma (born in Santiago de Cuba) it was his third home run of the season and the 173rd in his career in the land of the Rising Sun, thus increasing his historical leadership among Cubans who have played in that league.
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Likewise, he reached nine RBIs (510 for life), a department in which he is also the leader among the Antilleans, closely followed by Dayán Viciedo who accumulates 492 and due to his youth, compared to that of Despaigne, he should finally be , sooner rather than later, as the head of this offensive line in the history of Cubans in Japan.
“El Caballo de los Caballos” hit 3-1 in the match, with a couple of strikeouts as well, leaving his offensive line at .257/333/.429/.762 (AVE/OBP/SLG/OPS).
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