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Cuba Surprises & Now Playing for Championship Title

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Cuba will face Mexico tonight for the championship in this 2015 Caribbean Series in its second year of their return to the Series, after 54 years of being away. This was the biggest surprise of this Caribbean Series.

Frederich Cepeda went 4 for 5 and drove in five runs as the Vaqueros of Pinar del Río came from behind to surprise the Caribs of Venezuela 8-4 in the Caribbean classic semifinal at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

Frederich Cepeda went 4 for 5 was the MVP of this Cuban victory (Photo LSV)

Frederich Cepeda went 4 for 5 was the MVP of this Cuban victory (Photo LSV)

The Cubans will face the Culiacan Tomateros tonight at 5:30 pm for the championship. Mexico beat Dominican Republic 5-4 yesterday in a dramatic game that could of gone either way to the last out in the bottom of the ninth. Mexico will want to go for its third consecutive title.

Venezuela was the favorite as they had been unbeaten in four outings facing a Cuban team that had lost the first three games. Cuba made it to the semi finals by winning against Puerto Rico in a game 10 inning game by a score of 3-2 that Puerto Rico should have won stranding 14 base runners.

Yuliesky Gurriel's bat another star player for Cuba was the other contibutor to this important win. (Photo LSV)

Star player, Yuliesky Gurriel’s bat & defence was the other contibutor to this important win. (Photo LSV)

 

The Caribs had defeated the Vegueros in their first meet by a score of 6-2. This will be the first time that Cuban will be playing for a series championship since 1960.

Besides Cepeda, reliever Norge Luis Ruiz was the other star for the Cubans. He did an incredible job in relief after replacing the starter, Freddy Alvarez who was down the 4-0. Ruiz silenced the powerful Venezuelan offense. He completed 4.1 innings and did not allow a run with five hits. Righty, Hector Mendoza shut the door by closing out the ninth inning smoothly.

Cuba came from behind to come out with the win. The offense that had been asleep for the four previous games woke up after the fifth inning. Venezuela’s starter, Daryl Thompson’s had the Cuban offense quiet for the first five innings, leaving with a lead to 4-0. The Venezuelan relievers collapsed allowing three runs in the sixth and five in the seventh allowing Cuba to win by a score of 8-4.

Cuban fans celebrating in the stands. They had a lot to celebrate as victory sets Cuba up for finals tonight. (Photo LSV)

Cuban fans celebrating in the stands. They had a lot to celebrate as victory sets Cuba up for finals tonight. (Photo LSV)

About Julio Pabón

Julio is President and Founder of Latino Sports LLC., the parent company of Latinosports.com. Julio is a product of the South Bronx where he still lives and runs his businesses. Julio has written and has been interviewed for numerous publication and networks on sports & political issues. He has been an activist promoting social justice and respect for all communities. He is a recognized motivational speaker, was an adjunct professor of American History and presently volunteer's as a lecturer in local South Bronx High Schools. His primary goal is to make Latinosports.com a multi-facet sports portal that will engender social and economic empowerment to the Latino community.

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