Brazil beats New Zealand 12-7 in World Baseball Classic qualifier

The Brazilian team beat New Zealand this Friday with a score of 12 rounds for 7 in the first match of the second qualifying round for the World Baseball Classic.

Hosting Panama’s Rod Carew Stadium as their venue, the Brazilians got off to a strong start against New Zealand, a team that almost immediately reduced the 4-0 lead that the Brazilians had taken earlier.

Seeking their 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 with a three-run double in the top of the second, but was ejected at third to end the inning, and that’s as close as New Zealand could 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 will face Nicaragua at 1 pm ET on Saturday, while New Zealand will play an elimination match (opponent TBD) on Sunday at 8 pm ET.

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