The right-hander from the Cuban province of Pinar del Río recently suffered the loss of his wife, and because of this, there are many speculations about his physical and mental state, but an excellent performance in nine innings in which he allowed only two runs showed one more time his greatness as a pitcher.
After seven immaculate innings, the eighth inning would be the only one where the Crocodiles would step into home play after a two-run double by Ariel Sánchez, who thus reached his undisputed 1,999 in domestic tournaments.
At the end of the eighth inning, the Cazadores management came out to congratulate Erlis on his performance, but he asked for the ball and also went up in the ninth, and at the end of the inning, tears in his eyes took the pitcher from Pinar del Río, a clear sign that there is more at stake than a winning game.
An RBI by Frederich Cepeda in the first inning gave the Cazadores the win, an advantage they would never lose in the game, and they advanced to the seventh after scoring two on an error by Matanzas third baseman Yurisbel Gracial and an RBI hit by Dayán Garcia.
In the ditch of the Crocodiles, César García became a worthy opponent of Casanova by leaving Artemisa with two runs in six innings while reliever Noelvis Entenza allowed one in two innings of action.
In a duel with very little offense, Cepeda with 2 × 2 and RBI, two walks, and García with 4 × 2 and also an RBI were the first for those led by the strategist Yulieski González, while Ariel Sánchez had 4 × 2, two doubles, and the same. number of RBIs, standing for the Crocodiles.
With the play-off tied at two wins per side, this Sunday from 1:30 pm local time, the 26 de Julio stadium will host the fifth game of a challenge that will give its winner a big dream to be crowned in Elite League of Cuban baseball