Was achieved! Mexico makes history in the World Baseball Classic and go to the semifinals after turning around Puerto Rico with a 5-4 score. Now he will have to play the semifinals in against Japan’s ninthto look for a place in the grand finale.
In this way, Mexicans make history by surpass the best mark they have had in this tournamentwhen they ranked sixth in 2006. With the pass to the next round, they are placed among the best four of the WBC 2023.
Julio Urías was the opener for the Mexican team; From the first minutes of the game, the Puerto Rican ninth team showed superiority despite the fact that Puerto Rican closer Edwin Díaz had to undergo surgery after an injury suffered during the celebration of their victory against the Dominican Republic.
Mexico’s comeback against Puerto Rico
In the first hours of the match they were already 4-0 in favor of Puerto Rico until Isaac Walls to make presence and mark the first home-runwith which the Aztec ninth began to make a presence.
The rival team’s advantage continued in the fifth drop, but fortunately for El Tri, Executioner hit a fly ball, with which he got the second point for Mexico. By this time, the house was already full.
in the seventh inning, that of ‘the great emotions’, began with a double for the national ninth. Then the Puerto Rican pitchers gave away two consecutive walks to load the bases. The turn at bat was for Joey Menesesone of Mexico’s heroes in the World Baseball Classic, and later for Rowdy Tellez; however, both players missed their opportunity.
With two outsas in great tragedies, Isaac Paredes hit a hit ball with what the board was tied at four runs for the ninth.
It was the turn of Luis Urías, who shook off his losing streak at bat and hit a hit that prompted the go-ahead run in the spikes by Alex Executioner.
Already with the advantage on the scoreboard, in the eighth inning, Randy Arozarena made a catch in the left field, with which Mexico kept the advantage until the end of the match.
Mexico in the World Baseball Classic
The Mexicans, led by Benjamín Gil, achieved for the first time in the Clásico three victories in the first round to be the leaders of group C, above the United States, who was the favorite.
The mexican baseball team sealed their pass to the quarterfinals of the World Baseball Classic last Wednesday by beating Canada 10-3, reaching the fifth game, a situation that was expected of a Mexican team since the Qatar 2022 World Cup.