CUBA – The Lions put all Villa Clara’s party plans on hold, and they are coming back.
Alexander Malleta hit a double in the top of the sixth sending home Tabares with the decisive sixth run of the game and reliever Armando Rivero won again and Industriales tied the best-of-seven series.
Ahead 4-0, the Orangemen watched Industriales score three times in the fourth and fifth innings changing completely the face of Game 6 that for the first third of the game it was in Villa Clara’s hands.
In the top of the fifth, Stayler singled to center and moved to second in a conservative sacrifice bunt by catcher Frank Camilo. Then Raiko Olivares tied the game with double, and moved to third when Tabares singled to left, Carrillo loaded the bases walking Barroso, and Urgellés drove in Raiko with a sacrifice fly that put Industriales ahead, 5-4, for the first time in the night.
Villa Clara couldn’t replicate its winning formula from Game 2, when Pestano hit a solo homer and the team scored three times while Carrillo pitched a two-hitter shutout. This time, Pestano was 0-for-4 and Carrillo allowed six runs – three unearned – and they couldn’t help his team.
Industriales starter Ian Rendón gave up a run in the first inning. He walked Martín, allowed Yuniet Flores’ single to right but dominated Zamora in a grounder double play scoring Martín.
In the second the Orangemen scored two more runs against Rendón. Pitching on regular rest didn’t work well for the lefty, who kept the Orangemen off balance in Game 3 but couldn’t manage the pressure of Game 6. He kept falling behind batters and allowed three runs, three hits and three walks in just one inning – didn’t get any out in the second – his shortest start of the 2010 postseason.
The Orangemen increased their lead in the bottom of the third against first Industriales reliever Armando Rivero. Andy Zamora started the inning with a single and scored when Borrero doubled to right and right fielder Serguei Pérez made an error.
After that inning, the right-hander settled in pitching 5 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on five hits while struck out four and walkedtwo. In the bottom of the seventh, with already 103 pitches and few less miles on his fastball, Rivero was replaced – a little late -by manager Germán Mesa.
In that inning and after two outs, Rivero walked Martín – bad symptom – who stole second and scored on Yuniet Flores single to left that cut the deficit to 8-5. Then Villa Clara gave Industriales a scare when Andy Zamora singled to center moving Flores to third and bringing home Ariel Borrero.
Manager Mesa replaced Rivero and lefty Yohandry Portal came in to end the inning dominating Borrero in grounder to short.
This time Borrero couldn’t repeat his performance of Game 5 when he made an error but delivered the go-ahead run in the eight.
Borrero was one of the problems starter Carrillo had in the game, when the first baseman made a crucial error in the top of the fourth inning over Malleta (pictured) grounder, that allowed Industriales to score twice cutting the deficit 4-2 and leaving the inning wide open for more runs.
Portal ended the game pitching 2 1/3 innings and allowing two hits and no runs in a saver performance that allowed Industriales to advance to Game 7 tonight
Game 7 will be played Wednesday night at Augusto César Sandino, with Industriales’ Arleys Sánchez going on regular rest against Luis Borroto, also rested.
If the Lions come back to win consecutives Game 6 and 7 of the Series, Villa Clara manager Eduardo Martín will be widely second-guessed for his pitching decisions in Games 3 and 4.
Villa Clara, trying for its first title since 1995, still has strong memories from 1994, when they led Industriales three games to two before losing Game 6 at Sandino Stadium. But that year Villa Clara came back strong in Game 7 and lead by Rookie catcher Ariel Pestano, outfielder Michel Perdomo and starter Rolando Arrojo, beat Industriales 4-3 in Game 7 of the Series winning its second consecutive championship.
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