Planet Baseball Classic scores: Puerto Rico requires out Dominican Republic Mexico wins group

The 2023 Planet Baseball Classic continued Wednesday with some higher-stakes contests on the schedule. Whilst a single single-elimination quarterfinal match has currently been played (see under), round-robin pool play was nevertheless going on stateside. Pool play ends Wednesday evening, even so, and from that point on it is all “winner take all.” 

Now here’s a recap of the Wednesday’s action.

Wednesday’s WBC scores

  • Cuba four, Australia three (quarterfinals)
  • Venezuela five, Israel 1
  • Mexico ten, Canada three
  • Puerto Rico five, Dominican Republic two
  • Colombia vs. United States, ten p.m., FS1

Cuba reaches semis with close win more than Aussies

Cuba is a single of the final 4 teams standing in the WBC for the very first time because 2006. The a single-time baseball energy endured a bit of an inauspicious start off to this edition of the Classic, but they rebounded to advance out of pool play. Then early Wednesday they edged Australia by a score of four-three in Japan’s Tokyo Dome to advance to the “Final 4.” Yoan Moncada reached base 4 instances for the Cubans and had a double and a run scored. five-foot-9 closer Raidel Martinez secured the higher-leverage save for the Cubans with a excellent ninth. 

With the outcome, Australia’s run is performed, and Cuba is headed to Miami for the semis. When there, Cuba on Sunday will face the winner of the quarterfinal that will pit unbeaten Venezuela against the runner-up from Pool C (either Mexico, the United States, or Canada). 

Mexico advances

Mexico became the very first group from Pool C to advance to the subsequent round on Thursday by defeating Canada ten-three in blowout style. Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena was the driving force, as he notched two hits and 5 RBI. 

Mexico got off on the incorrect foot in the tournament, losing their opener to Colombia in further innings. They recovered nicely from that slip-up, beating each the United States and Canada in dominant style. They also weathered a storm from Fantastic Britain on Tuesday. That place them at three-1 in pool play. 

Puerto Rico advances

Puerto Rico joined Venezuela as the Pool D teams advancing to the quarterfinals on Wednesday evening by defeating the Dominican Republic five-two.

The Puerto Rican group got on the board very first in the third inning, when Twins catcher Christian Vazquez popped a solo property run. They would subsequently create a four- lead ahead of the finish of the frame, with Francisco Lindor, Enrique Hernandez, and MJ Melendez contributing.

The Dominican Republic would fight back, with Juan Soto clobbering a solo property run in the bottom of the third. Each teams would score a single extra apiece, but no runs would be scored just after the bottom of the fifth.

Puerto Rico has completed second in every of the final two WBC. For now, their hopes of creating it 3 in a row — or, maybe, even winning the complete factor — stay quite substantially alive. The win, even so, was dampened since closer and Mets star Edwin Díaz suffered an injury on the field just after recording the final out.

Quarterfinal spot hangs in the balance

Pool play concludes on Wednesday evening with the United States vs. Colombia in Pool C (ten:00 p.m. ET). Here’s what is on the line:

  • If Group USA beats Colombia, then they advance. That, in turn, will imply that Colombia and Canada are eliminated. 
  • If Group USA loses, then it comes down a tiebreaker situation to decide irrespective of whether the Americans, Colombia or the Canadians moves on. 

In other words, a single way or one more, we’ll know the complete field of the second round just after Wednesday’s action. 

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