Yander Guevara sizzled on the mound as the Ciego de Avila Tigres won a second straight World Baseball Challenge for Cuba.
In 2011 the Cuban National team took the gold medal in the second year the tournament was held at Citizen Field in Prince George. Two years later, the Avila Tigres beat JX-Eneos of Japan 14-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning in a gold-medal final in front of 1,555 fans. Yoelvis Fiss hit a three-run homerun to end the game on the mercy rule.
Guevara gave up four runs on seven hits and had eight strikeouts through eight innings of work, while designated hitter Ruben Valdez went 3-for-4 with two runs to lead the team offensively.
The big inning for Cuba came in the bottom of the fourth when they put up six runs.
Cuba was on the board first with three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Isaac Martinez, Humberto Morales and Yorbis Borroto all pounded doubles to deep centre field, while Valdez had a single. Borrotos double brought Martinez and Morales home.
Japan rebounded with a pair of runs in the top of the third, off a leadoff double from Shun Ishikawa followed by a triple from the speedy Kimio Watanabe.
With Cuba up 3-2, two out and a runner in scoring position at second, Japan made a pitching change, sending Tomoya Mikami to the dugout and replacing him with lefty Motoshi Oshiro prior to Martinez stepping up to the plate.
Cuba pitcher Yander Guevara gave up a lead off homerun to start the fourth inning to Ren Yamasaki, tying the game at 3-3, but his teammates retook the lead in a big way in the bottom of the inning. Cuba sent 11 batters to the plate to pound out seven hits and six runs off three Japanese pitchers to open up a 9-3 advantage.
In the sixth inning, Yamasaki doubled for Japan but his teammates couldnt bring him home.
Ishikawa hit a solo homer to make it 9-4 followed by Watanabe banging his second triple of the game off Guevara.
It didnt take long for Cuba to regain the six-run lead. Cuba designated hitter Ruben Valdez blasted a ball towards Highway 16 for a 10-4 lead.