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Cuban Despaigne struck the only hit among Cubans at NPB

HAVANA, cUBA, Sep 10 (ACN) In a day of total muting, Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne hit the only hit in 16 appearances at the field for Cuban players in the Japanese professional baseball league.

Despaigne hit that single in three opportunities and batted in a teammate in the nine-episode four-run tie between the SoftBank Falcons and the Nippon Ham Fighters.

On the Sapporo Dome diamond, the Caribbean player, who had gone hitless in his last two games, raised his average to 221 and his total of runs batted in to 16.

Meanwhile, starter Dayan Viciedo went hitless in five at-bats in the Chunichi Dragons' 10-1 win over the Yomiuri Giants at the Tokyo Dome. His average dropped to 288.

His compatriot and teammate, catcher Ariel Martinez, failed as a pinch hitter to lower his average to 250.

At Chiba's ZOZO Marine Stadium, outfielder Leonys Martin failed in four at-bats, including two strikeouts, in the Lotte Marinos' 3-2 win over the Rakuten Eagles. His average dropped to 249.

In the same game, his teammate, shortstop Adeiny HechavarrIa, went 3-0 to lower his average to 194.


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