Cuba, May 23 – Lazaro Blanco, best pitcher of the previous Cuban National Baseball Series (SNB by its Spanish acronym), who currently plays for the Québec Capitals in the Canadian-American League (Can-Am), said he was happy to achieve his first win of the season.
The outstanding athlete, champion of the SNB with the Granma Alazanes and now second starter of the Capitals, said he was happy for the result mainly because this was the first win of his squad as in their debut they lost to the New Jersey Jackals.
Blanco, MVP of the last SNB and also leader in wins, ERA and shutouts, pitched five innings with six strikeouts, and allowed three hits and just one run to contribute to the 5-3 win of his side.
In that match, the also Cuban Yurisbel Gracial, who batted third, hit one for four and now has offensive average of .147, as in the first game he hit 0 for 3.
Two other Cubans, Alexander Ayala and Miguel Lahera, who play for the Trois-Riviere Aigles did not have a good day, as SS Ayala hit one for five and the right-hander pitcher Lahera allowed five earned runs and equal number of hits, including a home run, in just two innings, according to the baseball site Strike Zone.
Meanwhile, OF Alfredo Despaigne, another Cuban playing in professional foreign leagues, who plays in the NPB with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, hit two doubles in four at-bats and drove in one run, to contribute to the 2-1 win over the Seibu Lions.(Radio Rebelde)