Ariel and Leonys hit home runs in Japanese League

Cubans Ariel Martínez and Leonys Martín shone with their bats to the point that they hit home runs for their respective teams, this Tuesday in the Japanese Baseball League (NPB).

The catcher from Matanzas, Ariel Martínez, cleared the fence for the first time in his career, at the highest level in Japan. Martinez, of the Chunichi Dragons, finished 4-2 with two runs batted in and a run scored, in the defeat of his team by 3-5 against the DeNA Stars.

For his part, Villa Clara's center fielder, Leonys Martín, hit his fourth home run of the season and drove in two runs for the Lotte Mariners, who were victorious by 5 runs to 2 over the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Martín, a native of the municipality of Corralillo, batted 4-2 with a stolen base and raised his average to 261, with a total of 12 RBIs. Leonys does not play in the Land of the Rising Sun under the jurisdiction of the National Ball Commission.

Lastly, Villa Clara's Dayán Viciedo, Martínez's teammate in the Dragons, went 0 for 4 and fell out of the 300. Now Viciedo is hitting exactly 299, but he is one of the best on offense in the tournament.