World Baseball Classic highlights: Group play wraps with Pool C, Pool D
Group play in the 2023 my World Baseball Classic comes to a close Wednesday with a pair of games in both Pool C and D.
Up first, Pool D group play took center stage, as Venezuela took on Israel in the day’s first game.
Later, Pool C was in action when Mexico faced Canada, followed by Puerto Rico battling the Dominican Republic in the second Pool D game. The United States and Colombia close things out now for Pool C.
Group play for Pool A, which took place in Taichung, Taiwan, wrapped Sunday, with Cuba and Italy advancing to the quarterfinals. Elsewhere, in Tokyo, group play for Pool B wrapped earlier Monday, with Japan and Australia advancing.
The WBC began March 7 and will end on March 21 with the championship game (Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET, FS1) in Florida. Quarterfinal games will take place March 15-18, followed by the semifinals from March 19-20.
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United States vs. Colombia (Pool C) 10 p.m. ET, FS1
Mike Trout may be over a decade into his career, but the man still gets it done at an elite level. One of the greatest to do it kicked things off for the U.S. with a trademark triple.
FINAL: Puerto Rico 5, Dominican Republic 2 (Pool D)
Wheelin’ and dealin’
Dominican Republic starting pitcher Johnny Cueto had the Miami crowd absolutely rockin’ after a smooth 1-2-3 inning to start things off.
After two scoreless innings, Christian Vazquez put Puerto Rico up 1-0 with a mammoth homer in the third.
The Puerto Rican squad kept rolling from there, as Francisco Lindor slapped in a run with a tough liner to put it up 2-0.
Juan Soto’s got a penchant for big flies, and this certainly was a big fly. His solo shot helped The Dominican Republic get on the board in the bottom of the third.
Fly Lindy fly!
We knew Francisco Lindor could run. But we didn’t know his wheels moved quite like this. The smilin’ Puerto Rican made the trip around the bases the hard way to extend P.R.’s lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Timmy Trumpet sounded off, and Edwin Diaz came strolling onto the field to close it out …
… and as he generally does. he delivered, stumping The D.R. with a stellar display of mound work to seal Puerto Rico’s win, and help them advance to the quarterfinal.
But during his celebration, Diaz went down with an injury and had to be assisted by medical personnel. The emotional moment brought his brother Alexis to tears.
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