Mexico had it all to win and increase their performance in 2023.
Jarren Durán, a Red Sox patrolman born 26 years ago in the American city of Corona, signed up for the fifth race, which looked to be the decisive one for the historic Mexican victory at LeonDepot Park.
Earlier, Luis Fernando Urías, third baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers, sparked hope by hitting a 3-run home run in the fourth inning.
Japan tied the story of the game with a three-run homer in the seventh inning.
But Mexico again took the lead in the eighth with Cuban nationalized Mexican Randy Arozarena, one of the other figures of the match and tournament, and the blow of American Durán, who preferred to play with Mexico.
Benjamin Gil’s students no longer doubted the possibility of eliminating the country that leads the winners of the World Classic with two titles (2006 and 2009).
Urías, who had disturbed Roki Sasaki with a single in the top of the second inning, entered his turn to the fourth with the bases loaded and upset the game with a home run that lost the ball in center field and put Rowdy Tellez and Isaac Paredes to collect.
From then on everything seemed to conspire with the Mexicans to increase their performance in the tournament.
The 21-year-old starter Sasaki, feared by opponents for his fastballs, which often reach triple digits, emptied on Urías’ homer and left the mound in the top of the fifth inning to Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
Already in the bottom of the fifth, Kazuma Okamoto lit his bat with a huge deep impact in the left alley and out of the blue Randy Arozarena, the Cuban from Pinar del Río who became a Mexican citizen two years ago, seemed to be in front. off the wall and catch the ball.
It took the Blue Samurai a few seconds to figure out the nearly impossible out, but by then the crowd was applauding the outfielder, who commemorated the game with his trademark of posing stiffly for the cameras.
The Mexicans’ new idol, identified with the number 56, reappeared minutes later to cut a long drive off Kensuke Kondoh with his glove, closing the Japanese threat in the fifth episode.
Source: El heraldo
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