In a very close game in which Great Britain had the lead from the third inning , a suicidal action by Brazil’s Juan Carlos Muniz, who tried to steal third base, ended the game, leaving Brazil eliminated from the tournament.
Brazil 3 – 4 Great Britain
After two scoreless innings Brazil took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. Just one out away from getting out of the inning, Blake Taylor gave up back-to-back singles to Gabriel Maciel and Irait Chirino that put runners on the corners. A wild pitch allowed Chirino to advance to second to put both runners in scoring position. Leonardo Reginatto then singled on a line drive to right field that drove in both runners.
But Great Britain bounced back in the bottom of the very same inning.
A dropped fly ball that was ruled a double with a runner on second put runners in scoring position for the Brits. After Antoan Richardson loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch, the next two batters struck out and it looked like Andre Rienzo would get out of the inning without any damage. But again Rienzo would hit a British batter with a pitch, so with the bases loaded, Great Britain got on the board. Jordan Serena hit the ball towards shortstop Leonardo Reginatto who bobbled the ball , allowed Great Britain to score two more runs and take a one run lead.
After Great Britain extended its lead with another run in the seventh inning, Brazil got back with in one run in the top of the eighth.
With two outs in the ninth, Juan Carlos Muniz doubled off Chris Reed. Probably in a burst of euphoria, he tried to steal third and was thrown out by catcher Chris Berset for the final out of the game.
Chris Reed pitched 4.2 innings for the win as he allowed one run on seven hits, walked one and struck out five.
Andre Rienzo took the loss. In five innings, he allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits and struck out eight.
The save went to Daniel Cooper as he entered the ninth inning with two outs.
Great Britain will face Israel in the final of this Qualifier for a spot in group B in Korea with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Korea and Chinese Taipei.