On Friday, the fourth-ranked team in the world, Mexico, beat the hosts of the IV WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup, Chinese Taipei, by a score of 2-1. This victory allowed Mexico to advance to the next round of the tournament and avoid the tiebreaker round. Ruben Salinas was the offensive catalyst for Mexico.
Salinas pounced on a hanging breaking ball and turned it into the game-winning hit in the eighth inning, when there were runners on both corners of the base and only two outs remaining. After Manuel Castro had finished his work in the bottom of the inning, the game was ended by a strikeout.
The San Diego Padres outfielder, who was only 19 years old at the time, walked up to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning with bases on the corners and two outs. He got the count to 3-1, then jumped all over a hanging breaking ball and turned it into a clean single to left field, which allowed tie-break runner Jose Zepeda to score. In the final position of the bottom frame, Manuel Castro retired each side in sequential sequence.
As the second baseman, Chinese Taipei jumped out to an early lead against the starting pitcher for Mexico, Jordan Suarez. In the bottom of the first inning, with two outs, Li-I Wei singled, and right fielder Song En Tseng doubled to put the winning run in scoring position.
Mexico finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning against flame thrower Zhong-Ao Zhuang Chen
After failing to score against the submarine Yu-hung Chen in the previous inning. Christopher Ecarrega reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. In spite of the fact that the third baseman, Teng Yu Wang, attempted to make a diving catch, he scored on a base hit by Jose Zepeda after getting to third on a hit by pinch-hitter Hugo Sanchez.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Chinese Taipei was only ninety feet away from winning the game. The bases were loaded when reliever Manuel Castro approached the mound, but he escaped the jam by firing three 95-mile-per-hour (or 152-kilometer-per-hour) fastballs past Teng Yu Wang. Castro took the mound with runners on first and second when he faced the situation.
After Salinas put Mexico in the lead, Chinese Taipei advanced the runners in the tie-break position with a predicted sacrifice bunt, which resulted in the slugger Song En Tseng being intentionally walked.
Jyun Siang Yang hit a towering fly ball to shallow center field, and then Teng Yu Wang, who was the leading runner in the tie-break, was caught. The game was over when Castro tricked the pinch hitter Sheng Hao Chang into staring at another pitch that was too hot.
Fourth in the world There is a possibility that Mexico may participate in the final game of the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup for the third year in a row. They would need to win their final game of the Super Round against No. 1 Japan, while No. 2 Chinese Taipei would need to win their game against No. 10 Australia in order to join a three-way tie for second place.
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