England, famous for ‘the closing price of football’, won its first historical victory in the final stage of the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which is called ‘baseball’s World Cup’.
England defeated Colombia 7-5 in the 2023 WBC Round 1 Group C match held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA on the 14th (Korean time).
England is the ‘soccer country’ where modern football first originated. The English Premier League, like the American Major League, is recognized as the best football league in the world.
But baseball is shabby. Baseball is rarely played in England. This team also has very few players from England. Most of them are from the United States or the Commonwealth of Bahamas, but have British parents. Most of the players are playing in the American minor leagues. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Trace Thompson, who played 297 major league games from 2015 to last year, is the least known player.
Britain, which advanced to the finals for the first time after beating France, Germany and Spain in the WBC preliminary round held last year, lost to the United States (2-6) and Canada (8-18, 7th cold game) in Group C in the first round. However, in the third game, it caused a surprise by defeating the ambush Colombia.
Columbia is a strong team that includes a large number of key players in the major leagues, such as Harold Ramirez (Tampa Bay), Gio Acela (LA Angels), Jorge Alfaro (Boston), and Oscar Mercado (St. Louis). In the first match of this tournament, they defeated powerful Mexico.
The Colombian starting pitcher on this day was William Cuevas, who played four seasons from 2019 to last year in KT Wiz in the KBO League. Cuevas also had experience playing in the big leagues for a while from 2016 to 2018.
England won a thrilling come-from-behind victory against Colombia, a formidable force. In the bottom of the 4th inning, where the score was 0-3, with 1st and 3rd base out, BJ Murray’s sacrifice fly made up 1 point, and Chavez Young’s 2 RBIs and a timely left-handed hit tied the score 3-3 in the continued second-out opportunity.
Cuevas blocked no runs until the third inning, but came down from the mound after allowing two batters to reach base in a row in the fourth inning. Then, as the relief pitchers were battered, a run was recorded for Cuevas. Cuevas’ performance on this day was 3 innings, 2 hits and 2 runs.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Jaden Rude’s 2 RBI double from 1 out, 2nd and 3rd base led England to a 5-3 turnaround. Then, in the bottom of the 7th inning, Harry Ford’s left-handed solo shot and the opponent’s wild throw added points to put a wedge in the game.
Colombia made up for the two points belatedly, with Dilson Herrera, who played 105 games in the big leagues, scoring a solo shot in the top of the ninth inning, but eventually became the victim of an accident.
Meanwhile, in the game that followed, the United States won a 12-1, 7th cold game victory over Canada. The United States, which beat England 6-2 on the 12th but lost 5-11 against Mexico on the 13th, took the lead in Group D with a record of 2-1 with the victory. If the United States defeats Colombia on the 16th, it will advance to the quarterfinals on its own. 메이저사이트
The U.S., which scored only 11 points in the previous two games despite building a superb lineup in this tournament, scored 9 points in the first inning only to split the game early. ‘Superstar’ Mike Trout, who started as the third batter, hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, entering the second half after batting, to break the game.
At the end of the second inning, Trey Turner added three points, including a left-footed solo shot. After scoring 12 points in just two innings, the U.S. failed to add an additional point. However, starters Lance Lynn (2 hits, 1 run in 5 innings) and Miles Mycolors (2 innings, 3 hits, no runs) blocked the Canadian lineup with 1 run, completing a cold game in the 7th inning.