Live Sunday April 4th, 2021 2pm EST Cuban National Series Final Game 6 via Cubadugout. Matanzas vs Granma in Cuban baseball playoff action live in HD.
The best and worst of Cuban baseball was on display in Game 5 of the National Series Finals. A rematch between aces Yoennis Yera and Lazaro Blanco largely delivered. A close game played cleanly through eight innings turned on a couple of little league plays. The Granma Alazanes let a great opportunity to clinch their third championship slip away. In doing so they may have also breathed new life into the Cocodrilos.
Blanco had his worst start of the playoffs. He still put his squad in position to win. Yoennis Yera also didn’t look as crisp as in Game 1 but battled through eight innings. Noelvis Entenza entered in relief and came away with the the 100th win of Cuban career. The Cocodrilos did the majority of their damage in the third inning. This was spurred by Blanco muffing a bunt. This led to death by weak contact in the inning. Granma responded in the next inning with two runs to let it be known they wouldn’t go away easy.
The Alazanes tied the game in the eighth and had a chance to take the lead. That was until a bizarre play cost them a run and a big out. The gaffe likely snuffed out their rally as well. Roel Santos rounded third wide likely with the ambition of trying to score until he had to avoid the Alazanes third base coach. Because of this near collision, Santos was easy picking for the out at third at the very least damaging the momentum of the inning.
The defending champion Cocodrilos would take advantage of more Granma miscues in the bottom of the ninth. They would score the winning run on a wild pitch Miguel Paradelo. Matanzas lives to see another day and has to feel lucky if not good to have another chance to repeat. There is a bit of confusion as to the date of Game 6. The original date for game six was announced for Monday, April 5th. However it appears the game will be played this Sunday, April 4th.