HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 4 (ACN) Cubans involved in the 2020 season of the Japanese professional baseball league (NPB) had not good performance today.
Reliever Livan Moinelo lost his first game of the year after surrendering three runs and same amount of hits in a frame, in the 6-7 away loss of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
The lefty setupper allowed a 2-run homer by Hideto Asamura thus leaving his balance at 0-1 and increased his ERA to 2.25.
The other Cuban pitcher acting today was starter Onelki Garcia, who fell for the fourth time this season after allowing three runs and five hits, including two solo homeruns, in five innings, in the 2-7 home loss of the Hanshin Tigers to the Yomiuri Giants.
Garcia, who struck out four opponents and gave away a walk in the game, now has balance of 0-4 and raised his ERA to 4.19.
In the offensive order, the three Cubans who played today amounted only 1 hit in 11 at-bats, the hit was a double batted by catcher Ariel Martinez in the 0-3 away shutout suffered by his team, the Chunichi Dragons, against the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.
Martinez hit 1 for 3 to improve his batting average (BA) to .313, while his compatriot and 1B Dayan Viciedo went 0 for 4 to decrease his BA to .285.
Finally, outfielder Leonys Martin batted 0 for 4, with two strikeouts and a walk, thus reducing his BA to .272, in the 5-5 draw in 10 innings between the ORIX Buffaloes and the Chiba Lotte Marines, his club.