Cuba shuts out Nicaragua to end the first round

International Baseball Federation


Monday, October 10, 2011

All the ‘seleccion’ needs is to push it in the first and sixth inning. Lahera and Jonder Martinez allow only six hits

Santiago de Veraguas (Panama) – Cuba scores three runs in the first and three runs in the sixth inning to win their last game of the qualifying run against Nicaragua. The game, even if it had no meaning for the future of the tournament, was played in front of a full house in “Omar Torrijos” stadium in Santiago.

The Cubans were off a strong start against Nicaragua starter Jose Saenz. Rusney Castillo led off with a single and Alexei Bell followed with a double. On the hit, Castillo ran all the way to third, and scored on a bad realy from the outfield. Bell touched home plate on another double, hit by veteran slugger Frederich Cepeda and a base hit by Alfredo Despaigne made it 3-0.

Cuba didn’t need to outscore anybody and reliever Amilcar Mora lived a couple of easy innings, before allowing a lead off double to Jose Abreu in the sixth. Mora got Michel Enriquez on a fly to right field and then walked Ariel Pestano. Nicaragua made another call to the bull pen and Diego Garcia took the mound. Cuba welcomed him their way. Aruebarruena struck out, but Castillo and Bell hit back to back singles to make it 6-0.

Cuba didn’t score other runs. Nicaragua didn’t really have a chance to go on the scoreboard against 2 cuban pitchers: Miguel Lahera, who went 5 innings for the win allowing onlu 3 hits, and Jonder Martinez, who thre 4 innings allowing 3 hits.


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