HAVANA, Cuba – The Junior National Team and Cuba are at a standstill after heavy rain started to fall after six complete innings. Play will resume tomorrow as game five of this exhibition series has been suspended with Cuba leading Canada 3-0.
There was a brief rain delay in the third inning with score tied at zero, but it turned out it was only a sign of things to come as heavy rain rendered the field unplayable in the sixth.
The game will resume in the top of the seventh with Canada coming to bat with nobody out and no runners on base. Jerome Werniuk (Toronto, ON) is the pitcher of record for the JNT when play resumes.
Prior to the rain delay, Steve McKinnon (Duncan, BC) took to the mound for Canada and threw five solid innings, allowing three runs, one in the fourth and two in the fifth. Werniuk came in the sixth and threw a one-two-three inning prior to the delay.
“I thought I threw decent, just some unlucky hits,” says McKinnon of his outing. “The rain delay (in the third) didn’t help either because it destroyed the mound. Not to make excuses, but whatever.”
Play will resume at 1 PM on Wednesday, July 8 at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana. After the completion of the suspended game, the Junior National Team and Cuba will play the finale of the Cuban exhibition series.