The American bat devastated the Cuban mound. Only 1 win left until 2 consecutive losses in the tournament.
The United States defeated Cuba 14-2 in the quarterfinals of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) held at Rondipo Park in Miami, Florida, on the 20th (Korean time). The United States, the winner of the 2017 tournament, will play the final at the same venue on the 22nd with the winner of the Japan-Mexico match (8:00 am on the 21st).
The American batting line, which showed off its powerful firepower, scored every time except for the 7th inning that day. With 14 hits, the bat of ‘9th hitter’ Trey Turner (Philadelphia Phillies) was spinning without rest. Turner, who hit a come-from-behind grand total in the 8th inning against Venezuela the previous day, also hit 2 homers (3 hits, 4 RBIs in 5 at-bats) against the Cuban pitching staff. Turner is the second American player to hit two home runs in a WBC game after Ken Griffey Jr. in a game against South Africa in 2006.
Turner, who is recording 4 home runs in this tournament,메이저놀이터 will tie the record for the most home runs in the tournament (5) set by Doosan Bears coach Lee Seung-yeop in 2006 if he adds one more in the final. In addition to Turner, Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis Cardinals) went 2-for-5 with 2 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 4 RBIs and 2 runs, and Mookie Betts (LA Dodgers) made a big success with 3 hits and 2 runs in 6 at-bats.
On the mound, 42-year-old veteran starter Adam Wainwright (St. Louis) pitched 4 innings, 5 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout and 1 run with support from other lines. Miles Micholas (St. Louis), who took the mound after Wainwright, backed up with 6 hits, 3 strikeouts and 1 run in 4 innings. ESPN predicted that one of Merrill Kelly (Arizona Diamondbacks), Brady Singer (Kansas City Royals), or Kyle Freeland (Colorado Rockies) would start the finals.
Meanwhile, 35,779 full spectators entered the stadium that day. In the 6th and 8th innings, spectators stormed into the stadium and the game was temporarily stopped.