HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 21 (ACN) Cuban Dayán Viciedo blasted his 100th homerun in Japanese professional baseball (NPB) today, while Yurisbel Gracial drove in two runs to become key figures in the triumph of their respective clubs.
With that historic homer, Viciedo, clean-up hitter and first baseman of the Chunichi Dragons, materialized the comeback of his team, which managed to win 4-2 over the Yokohama DeNA Bay-Stars, at the Nagoya Dome.
The Dragons trailed 1-2 in the bottom of the seventh frame when Viciedo drove the ball off the field with two runners on bases and made the team successful.
The Cuban slugger, who thus became the twenty-second Latino to reach that mark in NPB, batted 1 for 4 in the match to maintain his batting average (BA) at .264 and raise his RBIs total to 79, figure that allows him to appear as solo leader in that stat in the NPB Central League.
Viciedo becomes the third Cuban player to reach 100 home runs in NPB, preceded by Orestes Destrade (160) and Alfredo Despaigne (159), the latter still active but suffering from an injury that has not allowed him to play full time with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.
Meanwhile, Gracial hit a two-run double in four at-bats to contribute to the Hawks' 9-1 win over the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters.
The Cuban outfielder, who has produced nine runs in his last five games, reduced his BA to .294; but increased his RBIs to 31.
Finally, OF Leonys Martín, who is going through an overwhelming slump, failed in three visits to the plate to drop his BA to .234, in the 1-2 loss of his side, the Chiba Lotte Marines, to the Seibu Lions.