Las Tunas vs Matanzas Game 5 Live

The Matanzas Cocodrilos took a big bite early but the Leñadores almost cut down the deficit in Game 5. The crocodiles led 7-0 after two innings and looked to be cruising to a tied series. The Lumberjacks had different ideas, and didn’t jus lie down. They tied the game by the 5th frame and forced the game into extra innings. Game 5 of the Leñadores vs Cocodrilos is live Friday, March 12th, 2021. This matchup is now a key pivot game in the Semi-Final series.

Get Inside the Dugout via CubaDugout and watch the Leñadores vs Cocodrilos live via the link above. Angel Sanchez had a hellish start for Las Tunas surrendering 5 runs in his 1 inning of work. This gave way to a revolving door of relievers. Five hurlers combined to at least extend the game to 11 innings. Matanzas Scored in bunches early and late in a teeter totter game to tie the series at two games a piece. Eduardo Blanco was the key in Game 4 with the lone RBI. The Cocodrilos outfielder had the defensive play of the playoffs in the 10th inning.

Yadir Drake silenced his critics going off for six hits and driving in seven runs by himself. He also contributed a nice diving catch in Right Field. The former Dodgers farmhand will also have more help soon as Erisbel Arruebarrena will be back from injury. The Short Stop who also signed with the Dodgers has missed the first 4 games and has battled complications of Diabetes in the past. Arruebarrena returned to Cuba last year and joined Matanzas after his home club Cienfuegos declined his contract. Also known as Barbaro he led the league in home runs and was key in the Cocodrilos championship.

Phil Selig

Canada’s Top Expert on Cuban Baseball. I first ventured to the island in 2012 with camera in hand and captured some of the future baseball stars of the world. I have returned many times immersing myself in the game and culture. Get inside the Dugout for a unique look at Cuban Baseball.