Puerto Rico catcher rips Major League Baseball over Mexico security

Yadier Molina, the St. Louis Cardinals catcher, blasted Major League Baseball's security measures after what another player described as a "brawl" in the family section during the World Baseball Classic at Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco on Saturday night in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Cleveland shortstop had three hits and three RBIs.

"The organization of the event as a whole has not been good", Molina said.

There was some concern in the stands in the eighth inning, when a fight broke out among some fans. Players from Puerto Rico came out of the dugout because many of their families were seated close to the disturbance - Molina was visibly upset and Javier Baez attempted to jump the fence. "I heard the game's announcer asking us to return to the dugout, but I noticed that the problems were in the section where my family was".

"I came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm and they got me in the first inning and then in the second", he said, "but the main thing is that I did not put my guard down, I regrouped and pitched three scoreless innings, I knew that I had to keep competing to try to help the team". I just wanted to check because my mother was there and she is very important for me.

Rivera belted another two-run homer in Puerto's Rico's six-run seventh, finishing the game.

Winning pitcher Jose Berrios allowed three runs in the first two innings.

Puerto Rico won, 9-4. The top two teams from the group will advance. "We have good chemistry, great batting and solid pitching".

Agent for one of Puerto Rican players says, "They all want to leave right after the game (today)".

Carlos Correa #1 of Puerto Rico hits the ball in the bottom of the fifth inning during the World Baseball Classic Pool D Game 5 between Italy and Puerto Rico at Panamericano Stadium on March 12, 2017 in Zapopan, Mexico. "We are still positive. We have a lot of pride and what we showed here we are going to bring it to the table in the next round, that*s what you can expect".

  • Julie Sanders