Brazil moves one win away from Classic berth

The Panama City qualifier in Panama at Estadio Nacional Rod Carew is underway. The top two teams in this bracket will join Czech Republic and Great Britain as qualifiers in next year’s World Baseball Classic.

Every second of the Qualifiers will be available to stream live and for free no matter where you’re located on WorldBaseballClassic.com. In addition, you’ll be able to watch on MLB.TV, MLB.com, the new World Baseball Classic YouTube channel, and the World Baseball Classic Facebook page.

Game 3: Brazil 4, Nicaragua 1

Despite two delays, Brazil kept its composure in the team’s second WBC Qualifier game and took down Nicaragua.

A’s center field prospect Gabriel Maciel set the tone at the top of the Brazil lineup, going 2-for-4 with a walk and driving in a run on a double in the sixth.

Former Rays and Twins Minor League third baseman Leonardo Reginatto was a catalyst for Brazil as well, as he reached in all four of his plate appearances and drove in two. Left fielder Tim Lopes, who spent parts of three seasons with the Rockies and Brewers, also had multiple hits, going 2-for-4.

On the mound, Felipe Sales allowed one run on three hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out six.

The two teams had to wait out rain to start the day, then in the sixth inning, an issue with the lighting at Estadio Nacional Rod Carew caused a second delay that lasted about 10 minutes.

Brazil advances to Game 7 of the qualifying tournament and will play the winner of Game 4 between Argentina and Panama on Tuesday for a chance to punch its ticket to the 2023 World Baseball Classic. Nicaragua will face Pakistan in an elimination game on Sunday.

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Game 2: Argentina 7, Pakistan 3

Looking for its first World Baseball Classic berth, Pakistan got on the board first during the second game of the Panama qualifier, jumping out to a 1-0 lead over Argentina in the top of the second inning. But it was Argentina, which is also aiming to play in its first WBC, that came out on top, 7-3.

Right-hander Lucas Ramon pitched six solid innings for Argentina, holding Pakistan to just two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five. Eric Ma came in after Ramon and threw two perfect innings. Pakistan made an effort to get back into the game in the ninth, scoring one and putting another in scoring position, but it wasn’t enough.

Argentina got contributions up and down the lineup with eight different batters getting a hit. The team’s 3-4 hitters — second baseman Exequiel Talevi and designated hitter Eduardo Zurbriggen — both drove in two runs.

Argentina will face Panama at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday. Pakistan will look to stay alive in an elimination game (opponent TBD) on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Game 1: Brazil 12, New Zealand 7

Seeking its first World Baseball Classic appearance since 2013, Brazil started the opening game of the Panama qualifier in style, jumping out to a 4-0 lead over New Zealand in the bottom of the first inning.

Max Brown got New Zealand back in it with a three-run double in the top of the second, but he was thrown out at third to end the inning, and that’s as close as New Zealand would get.

Tim Lopes, who played for the Mariners in 2019-20 and the Brewers in 2021 before spending 2022 in the Rockies system, hit a two-run homer for Brazil in the bottom of the fourth. Lopes scored three runs on the day, including one on an RBI single by his brother, Christian, during Brazil’s six-run seventh inning.

Brazil beat Nicaragua 4-1 on Saturday, while New Zealand will play an elimination game (opponent TBD) on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

The full schedule is here and below (times are subject to change):

Friday
Game 1: Brazil 12, New Zealand 7
Game 2: Argentina 7, Pakistan 3

Saturday
Game 3: Brazil 4, Nicaragua 1
Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs. Panama, 8 p.m. Panama Local / 9 p.m. ET

Sunday
Game 5: Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, 12 p.m. Panama Local / 1 p.m. ET
Game 6: New Zealand vs. Loser Game 4, 7 p.m. Panama Local / 8 p.m. ET

Tuesday
Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 12 p.m. Panama Local / 1 p.m. ET
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 7 p.m. Panama Local / 8 p.m. ET

Wednesday
Game 9: Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, 7 p.m. Panama Local / 8 p.m. ET