Thanks to the performance of ex-bullpen catcher Alexis Wilson, Mexico defeated England and continued their hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals.
Mexico won 2-1 in the 2023 WBC (World Baseball Classic) 1st round Group C match held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA on the 15th (Korean time).
Mexico continued their hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals by winning 2-1 with the victory, while England finished the tournament with 1-3. Still, he revealed the prospects for the next tournament by directing a surprise by defeating Colombia in this tournament.원벳원 토토
Mexico scored first in the second inning. After leader Isaac Paredis hit left-handed and Alan Trejo walked on base, a wild fight occurred, creating chances for one out, second and third base. Follow-up Jaron Duran struck out on a swing, but Alexis Wilson broke the balance of 0 with an RBI infield hit. Third baseman BJ Murray Jr.’s throw to first base, which caught the ball, was inaccurate.
England counterattacked in the 6th inning. The start was Chavez Young’s double. Afterwards, Tracy Thompson struck out and Nick Ward was withdrawn due to a foul fly to third baseman, but Harry Ford’s walk followed by Murray Jr.’s one RBI infield hit equalized the score 1-1.
Mexico rallied again in the 7th inning. While the leader Trejo reached scoring range with a walk and a wild throw, Wilson hit a timely hit with an RBI lead to the left. It was the one shot that decided the winner of the match.
According to MLB Network reporter John Morosi, Wilson was originally a bullpen catcher for the Mexico National Team. However, the main catcher, Alejandro Kirk, decided not to participate in the tournament due to childbirth, and Wilson took his place and struck a grand finale that day.
Mexican starter Taihuan Walker contributed to the win with 4 innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts. Afterwards, in the ninth inning with a 2-1 lead, Giovanni Gallegos took the mound, blocked one inning cleanly, and ended the game. In the batting line, Wilson stood out the most with 2 hits and 2 RBIs in 3 at-bats.
Mexico aims to advance to the quarterfinals in the final game against Canada, which is recording 2 wins and 1 loss on the 16th.