‘8 at-bats no hits’ Betrayal of the active big leaguer, shocking Cuba’s 2nd consecutive loss… WBC’s first early elimination crisis

In the silence of the active big leaguer who believed, Cuba, 먹튀검증 the ‘strongest baseball player’, was in danger of being eliminated early. 

The Cuban baseball team lost 3-6 after a close match against Italy in the 10th overtime in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) Group A match held at Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan on the 9th (hereinafter Korean time). 

In the top of the 10th inning of overtime, he was caught off guard by the opponent’s strategy and allowed the third base to be stolen, then collapsed with 4 runs. He scored 1 run in the bottom of the 10th inning, but it was after the game had already passed to Italy. Despite 8 hits and 3 walks, the cohesion of the batting line, which left 9 left bases, was disappointing. 

Cuba also lost 2-4 against the Netherlands, the first game of the previous day (8th). He was silent with 3 sporadic hits and no hits in 7 at-bats in scoring range. As the trusted bat only scored 2 points and 3 points in 2 games, respectively, Cuba’s unique and hot offensive baseball is not being played. 

Uncharacteristically for the game against Italy, he was active in sending bunts uncharacteristically. In the 3rd inning, 1st and 2nd base, and in the 5th inning, 1st base, he continued to score chances with a sacrifice bunt, but the follow-up batters did not hit a single shot. Even in the 7th inning, which was behind 1-2, Yadir Drake tried bunts on 2-3 consecutive pitches, focusing on squeezing rather than strong balls throughout the game. 

The sluggishness of the batters he trusted is painful. In particular, I feel sorry for third baseman Yoan Moncada, who is an active major leaguer. After his major league debut in 2016 as a member of the Chicago White Sox, Moncada, who showed off his long hitting power with a total of 82 home runs in 7 seasons, was silent with 2 strikeouts in 5 at bats following the Netherlands, no hits and one walk in 3 at bats. The sluggishness is deep with no hits in 8 at-bats in 2 games. 

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