Elian Leyva continues to dominate in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. This morning the Cuban right-hander hurled 5 ⅔ innings where he gave up a run via four hits, but he also struck four in Rakuten’s 4-2 victory over Uni-Lions.
Leyva’s ERA fell to 2.63 and he has now fanned 19 in 24 innings pitched on the season. The righty also sports a sterling 1.13 WHIP and opponents hit a paltry .173 against Leyva.
El derecho mayabequense @ElianLD de los @RakutenMonkeys cosechó su segunda victoria en la @CPBL ante los @unilions_tw 4-2, tras tirar 5.2 entradas donde permitió una carrera limpia a base de 4 imparables y abanicó 4.
— Yusseff305 🇨🇺🇺🇲 (@yusseff305) May 16, 2023
In Japan Ariel Martinez struck out three times in five at-bats to lower his average to .253 in the Nippon Ham Fighters’ 4-2, 12-inning loss to the Seibu Lions at Es Con Field in Hokkaido. After a recent streak the slugging catcher’s bat has suddenly gone cold.
In the KBO Guillermo Heredia collected a hit in four at-bats and drew a walk in SSG’s 5-3 loss to the NC Dinos. Although his average dropped to .366 the Cuban still leads the KBO in that category.
Cuban action on the day:
Ariel Martínez (NH) 5-0
Dayán Viciedo (CD) 4-2*
Pedro Revilla (CD) 4-1*
Guillermo Heredia (SSG) 4-1
Elian Leyva (RM) 5.2IP,4H,ER,4K