Saturday, April 15, 2006

Gallos' 24th Straight Clinches Group B

The daily update continues. Sancti Spiritus demolished Cienfuegos 7-1 to extend their winning streak to 24 consecutive games, and clinch the Group B title. The recent drive toward 27 has featured a number of blowout victories with good pitching and plenty of run production. It will take a dominant pitching performance to even hint at breaking the charge.

Ramon Licor threw 6 strong innings of one run baseball to keep Cienfuegos at bay. He scattered 6 hits, while walking none and striking out 4 batters. Ismel Jimenez and Danny Perez pitched 3 lights out innings to keep hope alive. 22 of the 27 outs were either strikeouts or stayed in the infield. Licor is now 7-2 with a 4.15 ERA and a WHIP of an alarmingly high 1.588. It seems that whoever steps out there on the mound is producing a top performance, and that's what you need when you are looking to make history.

The big blow of the game was a 3 run triple by first baseman Livan Monteagudo. Reinier Deliano produced a two run homer from the DH slot. What of Yulieski Gourriel, you ask? Young Gourriel finished the day 2-4 with a run and an RBI, and started a 6-4-3 double play. Click below to see his updated stats with 7 games remaining:

If you double his current stats, you'll have a snapshot of what he'd do in a 162 games season! His current OPS after 82 games in 1.134 which is exactly the same number Mickey Mantle put up in his legendary 1961 season! Up next is the final game with Cienfuegos and then on to play Industriales for the chance to tie and break the record. Good luck hermanos.