With its second victory in a row, the Cuban team concluded its performance in the preliminary phase of the U-23 Baseball World Cup, but until the conclusion of the competitive day, it will not know what its fate will be.
The success against Australia with a score of 3-1 kept Alain Álvarez’s team alive, needing other combinations to qualify for the super round of six.
The Caribbean team took advantage in the opening chapter due to the first of two trailers by Guillermo García García in the match, whose hit drove in Cristhian Hidalgo, who walked on base.
Australia evened the score in the fourth leg, when he loaded the bases off starter Naykel Cruz with a pair of hits and a walk.
In that situation, the also left-handed Oscar Hernández was called to the box, who forced the two opposing batters to connect ground balls through the box, but with the first of them Pedro Pablo Revilla blinked when he fielded it and could not serve at home plate or attempt a double play .
One inning later, the Cubans completed a couple of laps to seal their second victory after three defeats in the championship. Revilla and Guillermo were the protagonists of the RBI and sacrifice fly.
The clash had been started by pitcher Roberto Hernández (1.0 INN, 1K and 1BB) last Friday when the rain prevented the completion of the first inning. Now at the restart, Naykel started (2.1, 1CL, 2H, 1K and 3BB) and the winner Oscar Hernández (2.0, 1H and 1BB) and the savior Leodan Reyes (1.2, 2H and 3K) followed, in another demonstration of good Cuban pitching conditions.
With this result, both teams conclude with the same balance of 2-3 and must wait for the other two games in their group, between the only classified, Korea (4-0), against Mexico (2-2), and Puerto Rico ( 2-2) against the Netherlands (2-3).
For Cubans, the best thing is that Asians and Puerto Ricans win to ensure a quota without having to go to the TQB