Mexico stuns U.S. in front of Chase Field World Baseball Classic sellout

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

The first four hitters in the U.S. lineup Sunday night have combined for five MVPs and 30 All-Star appearances. Someday, the names Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado will all be inscribed on plaques in Cooperstown.

But this baseball game, it does funny things. On Sunday, the four preeminent American superstars went 2-for-14. At 9:24 local time inside Chase Field, the “M-V-P” chants rained down not on them, but on Mexico’s Joey Meneses, a 30-year-old journeyman who broke through as a late-season revelation last summer after spending 12 seasons in the minors.

That adoration came only once Meneses had stolen the show from those stars. In the first inning, he set the tone for Mexico’s eventual 11-5 win, hammering a Nick Martinez cutter out to left for a two-run shot. In the fourth, he put the game out of American reach, sending a Brady Singer sinker to a nearly identical spot for a three-run homer that made it 7-1.

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