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Canada, once again Canada, leaves a Cuban baseball squad with virtually no arguments on the ground. It is true that this time, at the premiere of Group C of Premier 12, with a seat in Seoul, capital of South Korea, there was a better face, but again unable to smile. Again the right Philippe Aumont baffled a national version of the Greater Antilles, in a game that in addition to the insolvency at bat, left gaps to the defense that ended up rounding the victory of the maple leaf with a score of Three runs by zero.

Before the haunted shipments of Aumont for eight entries, the Cuban offensive was literally stunned, unanswered and with very little idea of ​​how to connect to the right spike. Once again the Cuban attack, including the very pickled players of the Japanese league, was extremely weak.

A summary of Aumont's lethality about the West Indian cast is summarized in:

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The gardeners of Canada did not perform, while he was on the hill, not one out, and only had two sets: the jits of Yordanis Samón and Yovani Alarcón.
In two thirds he only made 64 pitches.
Five of the eight chapters withdrew one, two and three.
Of the eight episodes in which he worked, in seven he retired the first man.
He struck out nine and gave a single ticket.
Of the nine strikeouts, six were given to Yurisbel Gracial (2), Alfredo Despaigne (1) and Frederich Cepeda (3), understand, third, fourth and fifth men in the lineup.

As it did?

With an excellent concept of pitching, based, first of all, on his control, and in which his throws of breaks prevailed, which made the variation very close to the strike zone and fell into a bad zone, confusing the batters. He did not succeed at speed, because when he put the ball, his line did not exceed 91 miles, although it is true that after embroidering with his breakers, a launch with those indicators on the speedometer seems much faster.

And he got it because the Cuban hitters were unable to adjust, in at least three shifts, against their picheo commands.

That was the main cause of the defeat, that is, the virtues of Aumont and the inefficiency of an alignment that saw how 11 of the 12 strikeouts that the Caribbean took, froze the timbers of the second, third, fourth and fifth, that is the backbone of the offensive of any ball set.

If we add that the fourth and eighth episodes, in which the Canadians manufactured one and two races, respectively, went to zero on the board, then it is clear that there was no way to find the path of triumph. In act four, a harmless one raised to the right garden fell inexplicably in front of Yurisbel Gracial's legs, and what must have been the first out doubled, then came Michael Saunders' jit to charter the first. If the Yumurino patrolman had not failed, the entry would culminate with an elevated right and an easy launch through the short field, according to what was next to the score sheet. In scene eight there were also three chances of out before the two races were scored due to the lack of control of the star of the Falcons of the Japanese SoftBank, Liván Moinelo.

It is fair to point out that the right-wing player Carlos Juan Viera threw a great ball, even when he shot four men in five and a third, striking out seven rivals and tolerating three jits, one of them the controversial high of the fourth chapter, which demonstrates the successful appointment of mentor Miguel Borroto. Palms also for the Camagüeyano Yariel Rodríguez, practically impassable. They were protagonists in this premiere, despite the failure.

I think it was a good ball game in which there has to be a winner and a defeated one, and I think, in addition, that although Sudcorea, of local and with plenty of criteria to support its status as a favorite of the C key, is a bone Hard to crack, all is not lost. The challenge in a short contest like this does not only happen because of the quality of the rivals, but also to express on the ground the true potential of a team, those that the Cuban cast has, and that will explode in the next two exits, even when you have to make changes in the lineup to Australia, looking for efficiency and effectiveness, because also in a short calendar there is no time for someone to recover; if the blows do not come out we will have to resort to an alignment of more tact, faster and in which other resources are exploited such as the speed of home to first, and in the pads, as tried by the Canadian squad itself, which sacrificed his fourth bat Michael Saunders, ten years in the majors, to look for one more in that eighth chapter, where they made two.

The challenge is great, much bigger than the night we just lived, but not impossible; we play good baseball against Canadians and we must do better against Australians (tomorrow at 4:00 am) and South Koreans (day 8, at 4:00 am). The Japanese? I don't think it's fair to charge against Gracial and Despaigne, that if they hit with Fukuoka and not with Cuba; in the Japanese league there are more than 140 games and they do not always come out gracefully, which happens that in that long scheme there is time to recover, in this no, it is only worth what you do in the day, because then there are only two days left and you are obliged all or nothing. They know they are the horcones of that team, let's bet on them, let's support them. This starts now, it is not over.

This Thursday, in the early hours of the morning we will be with the Cuba team, along with Despaigne and Gracial, Cepeda and Arruebarruena, because if we strike with them, we will also look for the homer with them.

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G: Philippe Aumont. P: Carlos J. Viera

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