Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Another Chipper Jones GW Homer Beats Cuba 4-2; Clinches Final Title Spot With Texas and Puerto Rico

For the second game in a row, Chipper Jones delivered a game-winning home run. this time off Cuba's Raisel Iglesias. Cuba's Yordan Alvarez singled in Bert Campaneris in the top of the 8th inning to tie the score at 2-2. However, Florida's Trea Turner singled and stole second in the bottom of the eighth before Jones home run made it 4-2. You can click here for all 12 World teams.

Cristóbal Torriente - the Negro League star from the 1920s for Chicago's championship team, started the game for Cuba with a homer off Zack Greinke, but Greinke allowed only one other baserunner in his six innings pitched.

Cuba had one last shot in the 9th against closer Tom Gordon. Tony Oliva singled and Tony Perez walked, and Cuba pinch hit slugger Jose Conseco - who drove the ball to centerfield for a potential game-winning, but it was caught by Tim Raines to improve Florida to 4-1. Jones and Raines were the only two players in the game with two hits, and Jones other hit was a double while Raines stole three bases. 

The win makes Florida 4-1 in the South Division and clinches first place without them playing their last game. The Dominican Republic is 4-2 but was swept by Florida so will finish second place in the South.

Here is what is left:

For 2nd Place in North - Pennsylvania vs. New York in final regular season series that matters - Pennsylvania advances if they win at least one game, and New York if they sweep. 

One Game Playoff of 3rd place teams for Final Playoff Spot:
Central America (3rd in Pacific) at Venezuela (3rd in South)

Round Robin of Preliminary Playoff Pool (each team plays six games)

  1. California (2nd in Pacific)
  2. Dominican Republic (2nd in South)
  3. Pennsylvania or New York (2nd in North)
  4. Central America or Venezuela (3rd place play-in game)

Championship Pool (also six games each team)
  1. Texas (Pacific Champion)
  2. Puerto Rico (North Champion)
  3. Florida (South Champion)
  4. Winner of Preliminary Playoff Above

Clinching Game  123   456    789    RHE
Cuba100000010 231
Florida10000102x 480

CubaPos     AB R  H  RBI  Notes Florida                  Pos    AB R  H  RBINotes
Cristóbal Torriente 8-CF4111HR Tim Raines 8-CF42203 sb
Minnie Minoso 7-LF3010  Trea Turner6-SS41101 sb
Sandy Consuegra1-P0000  Chipper Jones 5-3B31232B, HR
Raisel Iglesias1-P0000  Anthony Rizzo3-1B3011 
Tony Gonzalezph1000  Robby Thompson4-2B4000 
Tony Oliva 9-RF4010  Andre Dawson 7-LF3010 
Martín Dihigo 2-C4000  Gary Sheffield9-RF3010 
Tony Perez 3-1B3000  Mickey Rivers9-RF0000sb
Yoan Moncada5-3B3000  Al Lopez 2-C3000 
Jose CansecoPH1000  Zack Greinke1-P2000 
Tony Taylor4-2B3000  John Henry Lloyd PH1000 
Bert Campaneris6-SS3010sb Mike Clevinger1-P0000 
José Méndez1-P1000  Jay Howell1-P0000 
Yordan Alvarez7-LF2011  Tom Gordon1-P0000 
Totals - .156 BA 321521 sb Total - .267 BA 304845 sb

Cuba Pitching              PB     IP    H    R    ER   BB   SO     Dec
José Méndez2-7'531112 
Sandy Consuegra2-7'231110 
Raisel Iglesias2-8'0.122200L
Aroldis Chapman2-9'0.200002 
Florida PitchingPBIPHRERBBSODec
Zack Greinke2-8'621107 
Mike Clevinger2-7'100001 
Jay Howell2-7'121101W
Tom Gordon2-8'110010S

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