The Canadian Press, 2017
Puerto Rico’s Francisco Lindor celebrates after a grand slam against Mexico amid a World Baseball Classic diversion in Guadalajara, Mexico, Saturday, March 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Luis Gutierrez)nextplay/pausepre2/2
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Francisco Lindor hit two homers, Jorge Lopez pitched 4 1/3 strong innings and Puerto Rico crept nearer to the second round of the World Baseball Classic with a 9–4 win over Mexico on Saturday night.
Lindor hit a two-run shot in the primary inning and included a performance homer in the seventh. The Cleveland shortstop had three hits and three RBIs.
“Any win is a decent win, however we realized that this one was unique,” Lindor said. “In any case, we realize that the occupation here in Mexico is not completed and we need to go out tomorrow to get another win.”
There was some worry in the stands in the eighth inning, when a battle broke out among a few fans. Players from Puerto Rico left the hole in light of the fact that a considerable lot of their families were situated near the range. Javier Baez even endeavored to hop the fence to ensure his family was OK.
“I was terrified,” Baez said. “I heard the amusement’s broadcaster requesting that we come back to the burrow, however I saw that the issues were in the segment where my family was. I simply needed to check in light of the fact that my mom was there and she is imperative for me.”
Lopez permitted two hits and one run while striking out five.
Baez hit a three-run homer in the ninth to secure the win for Puerto Rico, which lost in the WBC last four years back. The Puerto Ricans lead Group D with a 2–0 record, while Italy and Venezuela are both 1–1 and Mexico is 0–2.
The Puerto Ricans can fit the bill for the following round with a win over Italy on Sunday. The main two groups from the gathering will progress.
“This group has what it takes to win a title,” Lindor said. “We have great science, incredible batting and strong pitching. We simply need to continue playing the correct way.”
Chicago White Sox pitcher Miguel Gonzalez assumed the misfortune, permitting four hits and four keeps running in four innings.
Mexico is still in dispute, yet needs a win over Venezuela and a misfortune by Italy against Puerto Rico.
“We are as yet alive and we have to win against Venezuela to play a fourth amusement (on Monday),” Mexico administrator Edgar Gonzalez said. “We are as yet positive. We will go full scale to attempt to win tomorrow.”