La Jornada – Mexico struggles but edges out the UK in the World Baseball Classic

The pitches shined and led to Mexico’s victory this time, in a dramatic match against the United Kingdom, in which the ninth team won 2-1, relying on itself to qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Baseball Classic.

The team, led by coach Benjamin Gill, is competing today to qualify for the next round against Canada. With one match remaining, the United States, Canada and Mexico are tied 2-1, but only the top two will advance to the next round. For their part, the Americans will face Colombia.

It was Isaac Paredes who opened the scoring for Mexico thanks to a single by Alexis Wilson at second base.

Taijuan Walker put in a tremendous performance in his first start in the competition. The tri-color pitcher struck out eight in four innings and allowed just one hit and one walk.

The good work done by the Mexican marksmen, up to this point in the encounter, had never been accompanied by attack, so that a certain air of tension began to be breathed in Phoenix, Arizona, because the advantage was slight.

The Aztecs realized that another defeat, although it did not destroy them, opened the way for the Americans and Canadians.

Manny Barreda, of Toros de Tijuana, replaced Errubiel Armenta on the mound, but was responsible for allowing the first score to the British. Chavez Young ran home with Murray’s RBI single in the sixth

Despite the tension that was evident at Chase Field, the Tricolors were able to shake it off in the seventh. Alexis Wilson drove the thousands of Mexicans in the stands crazy, the same people who had not been enjoying themselves minutes before the equaliser. The Sinaloan player, who had been steadily focusing on the ball, found his target and made his second run of the night with another single. This time the one who scored was Alan Trejo.

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Jojo Romero and Jesus Cruz, next in turn, and Giovanni Gallegos, who was responsible for closing the match, always kept the advantage in favor of the tri-colored team. In the end, the six pitchers who took the field allowed four hits and scored a total of 13 chocolates.

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