HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 1 (ACN) Cuban pitchers Yariel Rodriguez and Livan Moinelo shone today in the Japanese Professional Baseball League (NPB) although their respective clubs had different outcomes.
The right-hander Rodriguez pitched 6.0 innings with 10 strikeouts, two walks and only allowed a couple of hits, but once again his team failed to support him offensively in the 0-2 loss of the Chunichi Dragons to the Hanshin Tigers.
Now he has balance of two wins and three defeats so far this season, with a 3.38 ERA and his rivals hit .197. In addition, he amounts 41 strikeouts in 34.1 innings.
Meanwhile, Moinelo did what he does best: he held the advantage of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, who beat 4-1 the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
The lefty setup man managed to pitch 1.1 scoreless innings, including two strikeouts, and his ERA dropped to 1.13.
His teammate, OF Yurisbel Gracial went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored, and saw his batting average (BA) descending to .273.
The other Cuban involved in this NPB match-day was OF Leonys Martin, who batted 1 for 3 today, with a double, two runs scored and an equal amount of walks, in the 2-3 loss of his team, the Chiba Lotte Marines, to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters and his BA rose to .248.