seem to have no weaknesses. As time goes by, the batting line is getting hotter, and the structure of the mound is perfect. The “defending champion” U.S. baseball team, which has already overpowered the baseline with its name value, defeated strong Cuba and succeeded in advancing to the final for the second consecutive time at the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). On the batting line, Trey Turner (Philadelphia Phillies) hit two home runs and showed off his rising sense, and the mound showed off perfect control to the point of giving up only one walk, tying up the Cuban batting line.
The United States won 14-2 in the semifinals against Cuba held at Rondipo Park in Miami, Florida on the 20th (local time). The 14 points is the most points the United States has scored in this tournament. American starting veteran Adam Wainwright (St. Louis Cardinals) was put on the verge of being loaded with three hits in the top of the first inning, and was shaken by a push walk, but did not concede any additional runs.
Cuba, who scored first in the first inning, expected to advance to the WBC final for the first time in 17 years since 2006, but that was it. In the bottom of the first inning, the U.S. immediately turned the game around with a two-run home run by Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis), and Turner’s left-footed solo shot in the second inning brought the mood. Cuba recovered by 1 run in the 5th inning, trailing by 1-7, but Turner once again hit a 3-run homer in the 6th inning, pouring cold water on Cuba’s pursuit. Turner, who added two home runs on the day, beat Ha-seong Kim (San Diego Padres, 3) with 4 home runs to rise to the top spot in home runs in this tournament. With one more game left, Turner challenges Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop to hit the most home runs (5) in the 1st WBC held in 2006.
At the match, Cuban spectators waved banners for Cubans imprisoned for anti-government protests in July 2021, and some spectators broke into the ground in the 6th and 8th innings, temporarily stopping the game, but the players were not shaken.
In the United States, ahead of the opening of the Major League Baseball (MLB) on the 31st, the players’ physical condition is rising to 100%. The U.S., which has only three MLB MVPs, showed an uneasy appearance by being beaten by Mexico in the second game of the group stage. However, the U.S. finished warming up for the final by hitting 4 homers on the day. 스포츠토토
Goldschmidt recorded 2 hits, 1 walk, and 4 RBIs in 5 at-bats, including a home run, and Mookie Betts (LA Dodgers) was hot enough to record 3 hits in 6 at-bats. Even on the mound he was hard to find fault with. The U.S. showed concentration enough to allow only 2 runs despite giving up 12 hits against the Cuban lineup. Following Wainwright, Miles Mycolors (St. Louis) and Aaron Roof (Angels) also pitched well.
The United States, which defeated Puerto Rico in the last WBC and reached the top, will challenge the winner of the Japan-Mexico match in the final to be held on the 22nd. Japan and Mexico will clash on the 21st for the ticket to the finals. Japan aims to advance to the final with the youngest perfect game protagonist, Sasaki Loki (Chiba Lotte). Mexico counterattacks with left-hander Patrick Sandoval (LA Angels), who led the victory in the last game against the United States.