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“Perfect Knockout”: PR makes history with the first perfect game in the World Classic

“Nocaut Perfecto”: PR hace historia con primer juego perfecto en Clásico Mundial

Puerto Rico made history by defeating Israel 10-0 with the first perfect game in the history of world classics, in a match that ended in eight innings on the knockout rule. Kike Hernández drove in the tenth run with a single to left field in the eighth inning that brought Martín Maldonado to the rubber to leave the Israeli team on the field.

The pitcher José de León pitched five innings and two thirds, in which he had 10 strikeouts, and tied the record established by the Dominican Ubaldo Jiménez in the last game of the elimination round against the Netherlands in the 2009 World Classic.

León was followed by Yacksel Ríos, who pitched a third inning and got a strikeout. Edwin Díaz retired the three batters he faced in the seventh inning with a fan, the last to take the mound for Puerto Rico was Duane Underwood Jr., who worked in the eighth inning without allowing any liberties.

This was just the second no-hitter game in World Cup history, as well as the first combined. The other “no hitter”" It belongs to the pitcher from the Netherlands, Shairon Martis, by pitching seven innings without allowing hits to Panama, while his team beat the also by knockout 10 runs to 0.

This was the second victory for Puerto Rico that puts its record at (2-1) in the event, after record victory against Nicaragua last Saturday in the opening day 9-1 and fall to Venezuela 9-6 on Sunday.

The Puerto Rican team rests this Tuesday and returns to action on Wednesday against the Dominican Republic in the last match corresponding to the group stage.

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