Nine innings were not sufficient for Cienfuegos and was necessary to reach the 14th to defeat La Habana 4-3 and become the first team to qualify for the playoff semifinals of the 50th National Baseball Series.
La Habanea Cowboys tied up Cienfuegos during 7 innings by Yadier Pedroso´s pitching, but Osvaldo Arias’s homer tied the game 1-1.
Both teams star pitchers, Alfredo Gonzalez and Duniel Ibarra followed the same path, although the first team’s star pitcher Cuba, was complicated by allowing Puig Yasiel double, forcing a walk to the best hitter of the season Jose Dariel Abreu.
Arias was the Elephants´ star, who through a double gave them the fourth win from seven games scheduled at quarter finals.
The game was lost by the international Norberto Gonzalez and was saved by the current leader of save games in the regular season.
In another western stadium, this time Pinar del Rio surprised Sancti Spiritus and won 6-5. Now they have three games and the second two, like Villa Clara with respect to Ciego de Avila, although lost yesterday 11 to 6.
Guantánamo is ahead of Granma 3-2, and will meet today in order to get their qualification to semifinals.