Mexico arrived at Chase Field in Phoenix on Saturday with a declared favorite and an urgent commitment to win their first game in North America. World Baseball Classic 2023Columbia shattered expectations.
A ground ball by Gustavo Cambero that Luis Urías could not control in the 10th inning put an end to the give and take with which Colombia and Mexico began their contests on Saturday. The Coffee Growers prevailed 5-4.
It’s a poor start for the Mexicans, who entered the tournament with their most talented squad, on paper at least, but were unable to take the lead in their first game. Although opening on the hill with the star Julio Urillas of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Although the defeat is painful for the Mexicans, there is no room for regret. This Sunday they will face the United States in their second match.
“All the players are injured. If you lose 1-0 or 30-0 it’s the same. In these types of tournaments, Any defeat leaves a bad taste in your mouthsaid Mexico manager Benjamin Gil.
Mexico risks its life in the World Classic against the United States
Benjamin Gill’s team postponed the celebration, hoping it would be this Sunday, when theyHe will meet the United States on the second day of the third groupwhich complements Canada and Great Britain.
The defeat, although it did not finish them off, leaves the desire to advance to the second round compromised. The USA beat Great Britain 6-1 in their debut.
“At the end of the day this is frustrating, however You don’t have to finish the match without being defeated to advance. This game is over, but now we’re thinking about the United States,” Gill said. “We’ll win the next game and we’ll see what’s next.”
Cuba and Italywho reached the last day of Group A in the World Classic as a bottom team, They are the first to qualify for the next round. All the teams in the group (Cuba, Italy, Netherlands, Panama and Taiwan) finished 2-2. This set in motion tie-breaking procedures: most runs are conceded per defensive strike.
Mexico has already beat the United States in baseball
Patrick Sandovala left-handed pitcher for the Anaheim Angels, He will be the starting pitcher for Mexico This Sunday. Nick Martinezof the San Diego Padres, would be the first baseman in the ninth.
Mexico and the United States have met three times in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) with two victories for the eagle in the nopal and one for the stars and stripes.
It was one of the WBC’s most memorable victories In 2006 when Mexico defeated 2-1 and eliminated America ninth which featured Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter, Ken Griffey Jr., and Chipper Jones. Mexican pitcher Oliver Pérez pitched three scoreless innings and Jorge Cantu drove in two runs.
Once again the tricolor defeated the United States, In the second match of the first round of the WBC 2013. Yovani Gallardo was the starter and Adrian González hit a home run to make it 5-2.
Mexico also defeated the United States in the 2019 and 2003 Pre-Olympic Championships, as well as the 2011 Pan American Games and in the U-12 World Cup.
Mexico vs. United States: Where and when to watch the Baseball World Cup live?
As part of Group C in the first round of the World Cup, the Mexican baseball team still has a few games on the horizon.
The remaining teams to face the Aztec team are those United States, Great Britain and Canada March 12th to 15th. All matches can be seen through a public signal.
- Mexico vs. United State / Sunday, March 12 / 8:00 p.m. CST / Imagen TV
- Great Britain vs. Mexico / Tuesday, March 14 / 8:00 p.m. CST / Imagen TV
- Mexico vs. Canada / Wednesday, March 15 / 1:00 p.m. CST / Imagen TV
(with information from AP and EFE)
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