Saturday, April 22, 2006

Sancti Spiritus Looks to Hang On

Some time ago I reported that the streaking Gallos had guaranteed themselves 1st place in Group B. In retrospect, my Spanish being as rusty as it is, I was mistaken. The Gallos in fact had vaulted Industriales into 1st and guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs as one of the final 8 teams to compete in the post season.

Industriales lives! Only a game behind Sancti Spiritus after taking two of three on their home field, Industriales put up a 9-1 victory over La Habana to pull within a half game of first. What would Sancti do in their own opener against Cienfuegos. Could they hold pace with Industriales with 3 games remaining in the season and a division lead? On this day, the answer was "yes".

Thanks to a home run(25) and a triple(10) by Yulieski Gourriel, the Gallos walked away 9-5 with their one game advantage intact with two to play. Reinier Yero, who had provided Sancti with 5 RBIs in their lone win at Industriales several days ago, went 4-4. What will tomorrow bring?