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Mexico comes again to beat Puerto Rico, advance to semifinals


Mar 18, 2023

Isaac Paredes was the hero for Mexico on Friday on the World Baseball Basic. (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports activities)

A nightmare begin did not cease Mexico, and now it is headed to the World Baseball Basic semifinals for the primary time after a 5-4 win Friday over Puerto Rico.

The sport began with 4 runs for Puerto Rico within the prime of the primary inning, together with back-to-back dwelling runs by Javier Baez and Eddie Rosario. Puerto Rico, which reached the sport in excruciating trend, was throughout prime Mexico pitcher Julio Urias, the Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander who gained the Nationwide League ERA title final season.

Mexico buckled down from there. Urias, Javier Assad, JoJo Romero, Jake Sanchez and Giovany Gallegos did not enable a run after the primary inning, with Sanchez getting some assist from WBC breakout star Randy Arozarena on a would-be extra-base hit within the eighth inning.

In case you had been questioning how a lot these gamers care concerning the WBC, Arozarena told Fox’s Ken Rosenthal that he locations that catch above any dwelling run he has hit in MLB, together with the three he hit within the 2020 World Sequence:

“That was higher than any dwelling run I’ve ever hit within the large leagues,” he stated. “That was higher than the house run I hit within the World Sequence. That catch was the most effective.”

The offense got here in spurts on this quarterfinal, with Mexico third baseman Isaac Paredes, who performs for the Tampa Bay Rays, placing his nation on the board within the second inning with a solo dwelling run. Alex Verdugo supplied Mexico’s second run with a bases-loaded single within the fifth inning, and that was adopted by the actual injury within the seventh.

Paredes, who reached base 4 instances, singled with the bases loaded and two outs to tie the sport. Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Luis Urias adopted with a single to offer Mexico the lead:

Mexico, which reached the quarterfinals with a first-place end in Pool C, will now face powerhouse Japan on Monday in Miami on Fox Sports activities 1. With a win in that recreation, it might get the U.S., Venezuela or Cuba within the 2023 WBC ultimate.

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