The closing of the preliminary round of the Stars Series on Tuesday was marked by victories for Mexico at the expense of Venezuela with a score of 6 runs to 5 and by Matanzas against the Stars team in an artillery duel that ended in 19 runs to 11. In the way that the three teams finished with the same balance of 2 wins and 1 loss, they were Matanzas, Estrellas, and México, while Venezuela came out of the narrow door in its three outings to the diamond.
The tiebreaker left Matanzas on top and will therefore star in the evening game this Wednesday, the date of the crosses, which will compete with the representative of Venezuela, while the Estrellas team, which occupies second place, will face the Mexican flag bearer in the afternoon.
Mexico’s success was attributed to pitcher José Ramírez, the failure of Cristian Acosta’s record, and a save by Francisco Villegas. The Vinotinto team, despite connecting a dozen hits against only eight of its opponents, could not prevent the third bad result of the fight.
In the closing game, as I expected, the Matanzas Crocodiles and the Stars had opposing pitching on both sides. First, the wild attack of the Matanzas team showed itself, making a stunning twelve runs in the first third of the game, marking an unbalanced balance because, in the same part, the opponents barely scored twice.
Starting in the fourth inning, the opponent’s anger was contagious, and they produced nine runs distributed in the fourth, fifth, and sixth chapters, but that rebound with the wood was useless because the Crocodiles did not silence their weapons, and after twelve points in the first third, they added another seven to achieve the winning result of 19 runs to 11.
A total of 39 hits were added between the two teams, 19 of which were winners, including a bases-loaded hit by Yurisbel Gracial. In the opposite trench, Dennis Laza and Ariel Pestano Jr. also put balls in orbit, the latter for the second day in a row.
The humiliation with the stake was suffered by the ranks of the Stars of Reemberto Barreto, Rodolfo Díaz, and Frank Herrera, who lived a painful day in front of Jumurina’s excessive bullying.
On the other side of the road, the first two to take the fly ball, José Enrique Pérez and Denis Quesada, were better, although Pérez suffered a home run from Dennis Laza, and Quesada also conceded one, the result of a series of three hits. Then came the dream of Wilber Reyna, who scored five runs, and the torture of Naykis Piedra, who had four runs in his account, one as a result of Ariel Pestano’s home run.
Yurisbel Gracial (2-2, home run with the bases loaded and five RBIs) and José de Jesús Pren (pair of singles, a triple, and three RBIs) stood in the middle of a lineup that showed no mercy in pitching, while Dennis Laza (4-3) and Ariel Pestano Jr. (3-2, home run, three RBI) and Denis Peña (single, double, and triple) were the leaders of the Stars.
So, today we are in the presence of the battles of the day of the crosses to determine the teams that will discuss the gold tomorrow.
As announced between the two games on Tuesday, the final of the home run derby was played, won by Venezuelan José Tello by hitting nine balls, followed by his compatriot Juan Torres with eight, like Yordanis Samón, while the current king, Rafael Viñales, made only five hits.