PANAMA CITY, Panama – Host nation/No. 15 Panama defeated higher ranked No. 6 Mexico, 6-3, before more than 4,000 fans at Estadio Rico Cendeno on the opening day of the Pan American U-23 Championship and WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2018 Qualifier.
Víctor Moscote (New York Mets Class A – MLB) had a two-run home run for Panama, while Philadelphia Phillies prospect Harold Arauz earned the win.
MLB All-Star Yadier Molina led Puerto Rico to a seven-inning 10-0 knockout victory over Colombia in his managerial debut. Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Jose Espada earned the win.
Queremos desearle mucho éxito a @Yadimolina04 y al equipo de Puerto Rico que hoy comienza su participación en el #U23WorldCup. ¡Vamos a ustedes muchachos! 🇵🇷 pic.twitter.com/vGDg26yD87
— MLB Puerto Rico (@MLBPuertoRico) November 24, 2017
Cuba, Dominican Republic and unranked Costa Rica opened with 10+ run victories, while Venezuela had a tougher time with fellow South American Brazil. Houston Astros prospect Yohan Ramirez earned the win for Dominican Republic.
Day 1 – Scores
- Nr Costa Rica 14-0 No. 40 Peru
- No. 21 Argentina 1-16 No. 5 Cuba
- No. 65 Honduras 0-10 No. 16 Dominican Republic
- No. 18 Brazil 1-5 No. 9 Venezuela
- No. 6 Mexico 3-6 No. 15 Panama
- No. 11 Puerto Rico 10-0 No. 17 Colombia
|Group A||Group B|
|CRC 1-0||CUB 1-0|
|DOM 1-0||PUR 1-0|
|PAN 1-0||VEN 1-0|
|HON 0-1||ARG 0-1|
|MEX 0-1||BRA 0-1|
|PER 0-1||COL 0-1|