A series of surprises, a series of shocks… Korea, Dominica, and the Netherlands were eliminated in the 1st round & reached the quarterfinals in the United States.

 In the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), incidents continued to shock the fans.

The 2023 WBC has turned around. On the 16th (hereinafter referred to as Korean time), all matches in the first round were finished with the last round of Group C between the United States and Colombia in the first round held at Phoenix Chase Field, Arizona, USA.

In this WBC, there were frequent surprises in which strong players who were evaluated as strong teams were eliminated in the first round. In Group A, which was played at Zhouji Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, the Netherlands, who had reached the semifinals in two consecutive tournaments, failed to advance to the quarterfinals by remaining in third place in the group. In Group A, where all five teams tied 2-2, the Netherlands and Chinese Taipei held first and second place until the last game, but lost to Italy and Cuba in the last game, respectively, and their advance to the quarterfinals was thwarted.

In Group B, which was played at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, Korea, which had tried to pass the first round for the first time in 14 years after finishing runner-up in 2009, remained in third place in the group and was shockingly eliminated. Korea, which was placed in the same group as champion Japan, Australia, the Czech Republic, and China, was evaluated as having a strong chance of advancing to the quarterfinals. Japan advanced to the quarterfinals with 4 wins, followed by Australia with 3 wins and 1 loss in second place.

Groups A and B, which played the first round in Asia,먹튀검증 finished all schedules until the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, Cuba, who finished first in Group A, and Japan, who placed first in Group B, defeated Australia, who placed second in Group B, and Italy, who placed second in Group A, respectively, to advance to the semifinals. Cuba and Japan will move to Londippo Park in Miami, Florida, where the semifinals will be held.

In Group C, where the U.S. ranked No. 1 was taken for granted, something unexpected happened. Mexico, which defeated the United States 11-5 on the 13th, took first place in the group with 3 wins and 1 loss. The U.S., which had not confirmed its advance to the quarterfinals until the last game of the first round, managed to advance to the quarterfinals by winning 3-2 against Colombia on the 16th. The first round record was the same as Mexico’s 3-1, but according to the winner-to-win rule, they advanced to the quarterfinals in second place.

The biggest surprise of the tournament occurred in Group D of the first round held at Londipor Park. The Dominican Republic, which was evaluated as the first candidate for the championship, stayed in third place in the group with a record of 2 wins and 2 losses. Venezuela advanced to the quarterfinals with a win of 4 matches, and Puerto Rico, who defeated the Dominican Republic 5-2 in their last game on the 16th, took 2nd place in the group with 3 wins and 1 loss. However, Puerto Rico suffered bad news after the game when closer Edwin Diaz left the field due to an injury.

With 2 quarterfinals, 2 semifinals, and the final left, the WBC will begin its full-fledged main tournament starting with the quarterfinals between Puerto Rico and Mexico on the 18th. Fans are very interested in how the WBC, which excited fans with numerous surprises in the first round, will end.

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