Los Cocodrilos de Matanzas divided honors in close and attractive duels with the Espirituan roosters this weekend at the Victoria de Girón stadium, in the 60th edition of the National Baseball Series. When falling on Saturday with a score of 7 runs by 5, the product of four errors on the defense, the stability of the players from Matanzas at the top of the championship was balanced in a tight table where the dispute for the leadership closes with each game and the ninth position is just four games away from the first.
The highlight for the Matanzas in the first meeting was the excellent work of the left-hander Dariel Góngora, who finally had no decision in the challenge after throwing seven and two-thirds innings in which he allowed five runs, of which only one clean to leave his effectiveness. At 1.99 and placing third in the earned run department in the tournament, he allowed four hits, struck out four, hit a pitch and only walked one, dominating 23 of the last 25 men he faced.
This Sunday the victory went to the local account with a tight score of 4 annotations by 3 and a highlight on the mound for the young right-hander Renner Rivero, who in eight innings endured three runs, eight hits, gave six chocolates and two tickets to get there to victory number seven of the tournament and only one setback to his account.
Also right-hander David Mena booked his 11th save. In defense, Aníbal Medina took the palms of his teammates at the height of the eighth when he stopped a connection to the right field and put the double kill and the closing of the entrance at the moment that the roosters threatened a tie in the initial .
The captain of the Cocodrilos, Yasiel Santoya, was in charge of putting the tie and the lead on the scoreboard with a home run to left and two runners in circulation when his own 1 × 3 fell in the sixth inning. With that victory, the Matanzas managed to establish themselves in the top position with a balance of 29 victories and 18 setbacks, but with a sharp difference from their closest rivals (Wasps and Elephants), who are only one game away from the Crocodiles.
During this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday those led by Armando Ferrer will face off with the Indians in the role of visitors, a sub-series in which they must take advantage of the adverse streak of six consecutive defeats of the Guantanamo players to add triumphs and ensure themselves as leaders of a championship 60 red hot.