Carlos A. Nava | ESPN Digital WriterReading: 3 min.
PHOENIX — Mexico suffered until the end, but with a 2-1 win against Great Britain, they will play their ticket to the next round against Canada in their last game of the group stage this Wednesday.
Catcher Alexis Wilson scored two Mexican runs in the second and seventh innings; Both with a single to give his country a chance to control their destiny until the last match of the group stage.
Wilson hit a game-tying single in the bottom of the seventh inning and drove in the game-winning run on the spikes of Allen Trejo, who walked and reached second on a wild pitch.
Thus, Mexico and Canada, who beat Colombia in the first leg of a doubleheader at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, will play for one of the two tickets to the quarterfinals that the group distributes.
Great Britain showed that they can seriously compete against anyone and, apart from the defeat against Canada, they were in the match for all nine innings of the game.
Tonight, in front of 17,705 fans, most of them Mexican, the Mexican team had their best start of the entire tournament.
Taijuan Walker retired four complete innings without allowing a run; With eight strikeouts, one hit allowed and one walk.
Erubiel Armenda of Tijuana complicated his career with two walks in two-thirds of an inning. Manager Benji Gill expected little and brought on Manny Barreda, who scored the only run of the game for the English in the only inning he pitched.
Jojo Romero, Jesus Cruz, and Giovanni Gallegos finished the game, picking up saves, not allowing more damage and preserving the Riccitti advantage.
The first Mexican run was scored by Isaac Paredes, and Wilson drove in a single in the second inning.
For Great Britain, PJ Murray Jr. hit a game-tying single off Chavez Young, who tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning.