Santiago – Fernando Villegas had three hits and drove in three runs, Wilmer Rios combined with four other pitchers for a no-hitter and Mexico beat host Chile 16-0 on Wednesday in a game that ended after five innings at the start. of baseball Santiago 2023 Pan American Games.
Villegas, who plays for the Saraperos de Saltillo of the Mexican League, went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, while Rios took the win with three innings of work in which he struck out three.
Jason Atondo and Miguel Guzman drove in two runs each for Mexico, which was the leader of Group A of the tournament. Panama and the Dominican Republic, the other two members of the sector, face each other on Thursday.
The Mexicans, led by Enrique “Che” Reyes, will seek their second victory and qualification to the next round next Saturday when Luis Fernando Miranda takes the hill to face the Dominicans.
The Chileans, who make their debut in this sport at the Pan American Games, will face the Panamanians on Wednesday.
⚾ Match over!
🇲🇽🇨🇱 Mexico beat Chile 16-0 in the first baseball game of the Pan American Games #Santiago2023
📌 Check the final statistics: https://t.co/PEYhqkC9u5 pic.twitter.com/uaibmK2BWV
— Santiago 2023 (@santiago2023) October 18, 2023
The Mexican team has just won the title in the Central American and Caribbean Games From El Salvador and its roster includes elements that participated in the last edition of the World Classic, among them Rios, Jesus Cruz and Samuel Zazueta.
Mexico is seeking its first medal in Pan American baseball since the bronze it won in Rio de Janeiro 2007.