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After an exciting group stage, pool play at the World Baseball Classic is over and quarterfinals are set. Tonight, Pool C champion Mexico takes on Puerto Rico in a matchup at loanDepot Park in Miami.
Mexico battled back from a four-run deficit in the first inning to secure an inspiring 6-4 victory and cap off an unforgettable tournament. It was truly remarkable how they came back for such an inspiring triumph.
The 2023 World Baseball Classic was in full swing in Tokyo and Miami with teams like Cuba, Japan, Italy, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and more competing to advance to the knockout stage. Unfortunately for all involved, however, there was some bad news as New York Mets catcher Francisco Lindor suffered a serious injury that has now been determined to be season-ending due to a patella tendon tear in his right knee.
On Wednesday during a game against Dominican Republic in Miami, Lindor was injured and had to be rushed to the hospital via ambulance. According to his team's website, surgery will be conducted on Thursday.
This injury has fueled further criticism of the World Baseball Classic, which some fans consider an amateur league and should be treated as a minor league event rather than a major league competition. Lindor's fellow Mets player and World Baseball Classic teammate Edwin Diaz was also ejected from the game and suspended by MLB for the remainder of his season as a result.
In the fifth inning of this Pool D matchup, Lindor hit an amazing inside-the-park home run that sent a packed loanDepot Park in Miami into a frenzy. Unfortunately for him, as the Dominican Republic fielder misplayed the ball as it bounced past him and rolled to the warning track.
Puerto Rico quickly took control of the game with a 4-1 lead. In the third inning, Christian Vazquez homered to further extend their advantage.
After Vimael Machin's home run, Martin Maldonado, Francisco Lindor and Kike Hernandez each singled for a 3-0 advantage for Puerto Rico.
In the fifth inning of this World Baseball Classic quarterfinals matchup, Lindor lined a ball to center field that was supposed to be a double. Unfortunately, Ketel Marte misplayed it and it rolled onto the warning track; thus allowing Lindor to race around without being stopped at the plate.
Mexico has been on the rise in recent years and with the World Baseball Classic coming up this week, they're hoping to make a statement. Their team is led by two homegrown stars in Isaac Paredes and Luis Urias, both young professionals from their native land.
On Friday night, Mexico pulled within one run in the seventh inning against Puerto Rico with two singles that drove in each other for a 5-4 lead.
Mexico achieved an historic accomplishment when they advanced to the semifinals against Japan, becoming the first team ever to reach this stage of the WBC semifinals. With this win, they officially became members of history as Mexico has never before reached this level in their history.
After Puerto Rico had a dominant first inning, Mexico battled back to win 4-3. Javier Baez and Eddie Rosario hit home runs in the opening inning to spark their comeback.
In the fifth, Urias battled off a 96 mph fastball with his hands and dropped it into shallow right field for an RBI single. This key hit gave his team the lead run and completed their comeback.
The fifth inning came to an end with bases loaded and no outs. After Joey Meneses and Rowdy Tellez struck out, Urias hit an inning-ending double for two more runs to seal the victory.
At this critical juncture in the game, Mexico would go on to win 5-4 and advance to face Japan in the semifinals of the 2023 WBC. This stunning upset against tournament favorites Dominican Republic was an amazing feat for Mexico - they truly came from behind and earned themselves a great victory.
At loanDepot Park, a record crowd of 35,817 watched the 2023 World Baseball Classic quarterfinals. With their victory, Mexico advanced to face Japan in the semi-finals on Monday.
At LoanDepot Park, a sold-out crowd was in full support of Mexico's win. Although they had looked strong early on in the game, their play deteriorated late. Now Mexico must regroup to beat Venezuela tomorrow.
The Detroit Tigers boast an impressive farm system, and one of their top prospects, Isaac Paredes, has been displaying power and speed during winter ball. Additionally, he's shown off a strong arm which suggests he can be an effective middle infielder in the future.
Paredes has made a rapid ascent from Class A Advanced Lakeland to the Eastern League this year and now appears to be an invaluable asset for Erie infielder. At 19 years old, Paredes has displayed remarkable skill with an impressive slash line and OPS of.886 plus two home runs this year.
He's a prime candidate to become the team's main third baseman. Additionally, he has played shortstop and second base in the past, which will provide him with valuable experience when playing in the majors.
Paredes' talent on the field continues to make him a key component of the Detroit Tigers' future as they strive to build an excellent foundation for their young team. He's already highly rated and there is widespread agreement that he could play an important role in their long-term strategy.
His performance in the Puerto Rico vs Mexico Game Highlights was nothing short of incredible, and his bat should help him reach the Majors sooner rather than later. If he can maintain the production he's been showing during winter ball, we could potentially see him break out big time in 2022.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Urias hit his first hit of the game with a double to left-center field. He later scored on Luis Arraez's single.
Mexico held on to a 3-1 lead until the eighth inning, when Puerto Rico came back and tied the game at 4 with singles from Austin Barnes and Randy Arozarena.
The World Baseball Classic is in full swing, with the quarterfinals set for Sunday afternoon in Miami. The opening game between Team USA and Venezuela has a sold-out crowd at loanDepot Park to witness this titanic battle between two of the best teams so far in the tournament.
USA right-handed Lance Lynn will start for the Americans, while Rangers left-hander Martin Perez takes the mound for Venezuela. The victor of this game will face Cuba in the semis on their way to 2023 World Baseball Classic championship.
This matchup has been one of the most anticipated matches so far in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, and a win for either team would put them on track to reach the finals for a fifth straight year. Stay up to date on all the action from this game and more in our live updates below!
With runners on first and second, Alex Verdugo steps up to the plate for his fourth at-bat of the game. The Red Sox left fielder has been hitting well of late, and this at-bat was no different.
Verdugo strikes out on a full count and then gets a changeup that he hits to the opposite field for a double.
He's currently facing a 3-1 count. With some power, he looks to keep working the count until he breaks through. With an opportunity like this against this tournament's pitching staff so far, a big hit could help put him in better position for the next inning.
He puts some great spin on it, and the ball stays in the yard but he has enough momentum to drive it over the center field wall.
He needs to work the count a bit harder in order to keep it low, but he is currently on a hot streak and has hit.348 with eight hits and three extra base hits in his last six games.
He is an integral part of the Red Sox offense and he has the opportunity to make a significant impact on this game with his performance. He could be the next great star to break through on the Major League stage.