Mexico’s collapse against Panama: a comfortable lead lost


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Mexico suffered its third loss in the 2024 Caribbean Series on Saturday, falling 3-4 to Panama despite leading 3-1 heading into the ninth inning of the game. After defeats to Curacao and Puerto Rico, the Mexicans could not afford another setback in the tournament.

The top of the first inning saw Mexico take the lead with a Bobby Bradley hit, which led to Roberto Valenzuela scoring the opening run. The response from Panama came in the second inning with a home run by Johnny Santos at LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida.

It was not until the top of the fifth inning when Mexico regained the lead. First, Bradley connected another hit to put two men on the corners with two outs. Then, Agustin Murillo surprised with a bunt and Valenzuela took advantage of it to reach the register and put the lead at 2-1 in a very tight duel. The third run came courtesy of Aaron Altherr’s deep drive to center field to make it 3-1 in the top of the ninth inning.

To close the game, Luis Márquez replaced Elkin Alcalá and then Jake Sánchez followed Márquez on the mound as pitcher for Mexico. Panama scored Christian Bethancourt with a grounder to third base to stay alive and make it 3-2 at the home of the Miami Marlins in Major League Baseball. Sanchez got nervous and allowed Jean Arnaez’s single to make it 3-3. The debacle was consummated with a deep fly ball by Jhonny Santos to leave the Mexicans down and out at 3-4.

Mexico will play its fourth game of the Caribbean Series 2024 this Sunday against the Dominican Republic at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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