Dec 4, -- Pinar del Rio beat Artemisa by a score of 5-2 and took advantage the failure of Matanzas facing Sancti Spiritus to ascend to the top of the 53rd Cuban Baseball Championship after finishing the first 8 sub-series.
Shortstop Luis Alberto Valdés' decisive triple with load bases facing reliever José Ángel García in the 8th decreed the triumph of Pinar, with credit for Isbel Hernández and defeat for Miguel Lahera.
With this result of Pinar del Rio, Matanzas' Los Cocodrilos fell from the 1st qualifying place, succumbing 8-7 against Sancti Spiritus, in defiance defined in 9th with sacrifice of Robersis Ramos; star Frederich Cepeda hit 5-3 with pair of doubles and 2 RBIs.
Meanwhile, Industriales avoided the sweep of Mayabeque to get away with a 8-5 victory with Frank Monthiet's 4th success and offensive role of Alexander Malleta and Yoasán Guillén, while Isla de la Juventud beat 8-1 Granma, with homers of Rodmy Proenza and Michel Enriquez, to remain in 3rd place in the Table, and Holguín settled down 7-0 to Cienfuegos, led by offensive of first baseman Leris Aguilera, 3-2, with 4 RBIs.
In other results, Camagüey overcame 2-1 to current monarch Villa Clara, Santiago de Cuba defeated 9-8 to Ciego de Avila, and Las Tunas overcame 2-1 to Guantánamo.
Now Pinar del Río commands with 16 wins and 8 failures, followed by Matanzas (15-8), Isla de la Juventud (15-9), Industriales (12-9), Mayabeque (13-10), Artemisa (13-11), Holguin (13-11), Villa Clara (11-11), Las Tunas (11-11), Ciego de Avila (12-12) and Santiago de Cuba (12-12).
Go more backward and with less options for sorting, Guantánamo (10-14), Granma (9-14), Cienfuegos (9-15), Sancti Spiritus (8-16), and Camaguey (8-16).
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