Ariel Martínez walks it off against SoftBank. (+Asian League Report)

Ariel Martinez drove in the go-ahead run with a pinch sacrifice fly in the 11th inning of the Nippon Ham Fighters’ 5-4 win over the SoftBank Hawks at Es Con Field in Hokkaido. The native of Matanzas, Cuba who knocked in his sixth run in the last four games, kept his average at .250 and increased his RBI total to 43.

Dayán Viciedo doubled in five trips to the plate, scored once and drove in a run in the the Dragones de Chunichi 11-1 win over the Golondrinas de Yakult. The Cuban first baseman drove in a run for the second straight game, but his average to .240. The slugger augmented his RBI total to 13 on the campaign.

In Korea Guillermo Heredia was placed on the IL after a straining his iliopsoas muscle. The outfielder is leading the KBO with a .332 batting average. He has also swatted 11 homeruns, 19 doubles, has driven in 58 runs and is slashing .396/.492/.888. This is a big loss for the Landers offense.

In the CPBL there was no Cuban action on the evening. The only player from the Largest of the Antilles in the league is All-Star Elían Leyva.

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