Mexico and Colombia opened up Pool C play in the 2023 World Baseball Classic with a nail biting game that went into extra innings. The end result was a 5-4 win for Colombia. Colombia took the lead during the top of the 10th inning after an error from Luis Urias.
With runners on the corners and two outs, Jesus Cruz got Gustavo Campero to ground out to shortstop. The ball had a lot of spin on it, took a funny hop, and Luis Urias was unable to handle it. As a result everybody was safe and the eventual game winning running crossed home plate.
WHAT. A MASSIVE error from Luis Urías allows a run for Colombia.
— Shawn Spradling (@Shawn_Spradling) March 11, 2023
Luis Urias gets charged with a brutal error as Mexico loses to Colombia in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
At the top of the 10th inning, Luis Urias switched from second base to shortstop. The saying “the ball will find you” rings true in this instance. Unfortunately this moment occurred during a very pivotal time of the game and Mexico was unable to overcome the one run deficit in the bottom of the inning.
For Luis Urias, that is a tough play to get charged an error on. While not particularly well demonstrated in the video, the amount of ‘English” on that baseball was well accounted for by the Fox broadcast team. The spin on the baseball made it a not so routine play, but probably one that he still should have made.
Following the game Team Mexico’s manager Benjamin Gil provided the following statement. “Painful defeat. There is frustration. There were two mistakes that ended up costing us, Luis Urias makes that play 99 out of 100 times.”
Team Mexico, who is in the same pool as Canada, Great Britain, and USA (along with Columbia) now likely has to go undefeated in order to advance to the quarter finals.
Overall it is a tough loss for Mexico in which Luis Urias being unable to make a defensive play is the headline from an otherwise well played baseball game.
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