Caribbean Series 2017: Venezuela bounces back with 8-3 victory over Cuba

February 5, 2017


By Lewis Rubman

Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico–Venezuela’s Zulia Eagles bounced back tonight from what could have been a shattering defeat at the hands of the Mexicali Eagles on Friday to defeat the Granma Sorrel Horses 8-3, Cuba’s representative at the Caribbean Series. The Venezuelan team played with a drive and intenstive event to even the most unobserrvant spectator. To watch the Eagles infield, especially Freddy Galviz, attack a bouncing ball, pick it up, and throw it reminded you of Willie Mays.

Zulia scored early and often, driving Cuban starter Freddy Alvarez out of the box after he had faced a meer six batters. By that time, three of them had scored. His succesor, Noelvis Entenza, fared cionsiderably better. It took him four and a third inning to give up three runs and five hits, a feat it took Alvarez only a third of an inning to accomplish. While Entenza was the pitcher of record, Carlos Benitez tied the with a home run that drove in William Saavedra and Guillermo Aviles in the second inning. Because the Cubans didn’t score again in the game Ron Cedeno’s tie breaking single single in the fourth made Entenza the losing pitcher.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles pounced on Etenza, Yoalkis Cruz, and Cesar Garcia for three more runs, which effectively ended Granma’s hopes for the evening. The Eagles wrapped up the scoring with an unearned run in the seventh.

Galvis and Cedeno led Zulia attack with three hits each, in four and five at bats, respectively. No batter on the Venezuelan team went hitless. The defeated Cubans still managed to get ten hits, with no one getting more than two.

Six Ciuban pitchers covered the eight inning route. Zulia starting pitcher, Wilfred Boscan, was responsible for all of Cuba’s runs. The win went to Wilfredo Ledezma. Francisco Butto and Hassan Pena also pitched well in relief.

Both teams are assured a birth in the semi-finals, which will be played on Monday.

Tomorrow’s schedule pits Venezuela against the Dominican Republic and Cuba against Mexico


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