Joey Meneses became the star of the game from the first inning with a home run that put Mexico up 2-0. Undoubtedly, the big applause went to the more than 7,000 people who filled Chase Field in Arizona, most of them to support Mexico.
PHOENIX.- Joey Meneses hit two homers, including a crucial three-run shot in the fourth, to lead Mexico to an 11-5 victory over the United States on Sunday in the World Baseball Classic.
Joey Meneses took a couple trips around the bases in the desert. #WorldBaseballClassic pic.twitter.com/gW44cq3oDt— World Baseball Classic (@WBCBaseball) March 13, 2023
Meneses’ first home run was off starter Nick Martinez, who took the loss, and his second was off Brady Singer. Mexico’s starter Patrick Sandoval allowed one run in three innings to win.
Meneses, 30, earned an unexpected promotion to the majors in 2022 after spending more than a decade in the minors and playing outside the United States. He debuted last season with the Nationals, hitting .324 with 13 home runs in 222 at-bats.
Team Mexico is putting on a show. #WorldBaseballClassic pic.twitter.com/5XYF1oATiR— MLB (@MLB) March 13, 2023
Mexico continued to increase the gap in the eighth, sending nine players to the plate and scoring four runs off Daniel Bard to make it 11-2.
The Americans scored three runs in the eighth to leave a more respectable score. Tim Anderson had two hits and three RBIs, while Will Smith hit a solo homer.