Panama, which was initially evaluated as a weak player, 메이저놀이터 defeated Taiwan based on its batting line concentration and cheered as it won its first win after participating in the third World Baseball Classic (WBC).
On the 8th (hereinafter Korean time), Panama held the first leg of Group A in the first round of the 2023 WBC finals against Taiwan at the International Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan.
On this day, Panama made two big innings and won 12-5 after devastating Taiwan’s mound. This is the first time Panama has won the WBC finals.
Previously, Panama was eliminated in the first round without winning a single match in the 2006 and 2009 tournaments. They also failed to qualify for the finals in 2013 and 2017.
Initially, Panama was evaluated as the weakest team in Group A. However, with home ground advantage, they defeated Taiwan, increasing their chances of advancing to the quarterfinals. Joint lead with the Netherlands.
On the other hand, Taiwan’s mound collapsed greatly from the 4th inning, and suffered a crushing defeat in front of the home crowd. Taiwan’s chances of advancing to the quarterfinals are very low.
The tense atmosphere of the game changed in an instant in the 4th episode. Panama managed to score 5 points in the 4th inning, and broke Taiwan’s will to pursue with 6 points again in the 6th inning.
Panama scored again in the 7th inning and ran away to 12-2. Afterwards, Panama conceded 1 and 2 runs in the 7th and 8th innings, respectively, but it did not interfere with the victory. Panama’s 12-5 win.
Taiwan was on the verge of losing a cold game as the score gap widened to 10 points. Afterwards, Taiwan scored 2 points in the 7th inning and 1 point in the 8th inning to establish a game in the 9th, but could not prevent defeat.
In Panama, Jonathan Arrauz performed well with 2 hits and 3 runs, and Christian Betancourt also boosted his momentum with 4 hits including multi-hits.
On the other hand, Taiwan recorded only 5 runs despite 13 hits, showing a lack of concentration. The difference in the number of hits between Taiwan and Panama was only one.