Canada trounces Mexico in fight-marred WBC game
Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Justin Morneau and Michael Saunders each drove in three runs as Canada breezed to an easy 10-3 win over Mexico in Pool D of the 2013 World Baseball Classic on Saturday at Chase Field.
After suffering a 14-4 blowout loss at the hands of Italy, Canada bounced back in a big way as they leaned on their veterans to get them past a feisty Mexican squad.
Canada raced to a 4-1 lead after the first inning but Mexico scored two runs in the fourth to get them within one, 4-3.
However, the Canadians unleashed their batting firepower starting in the sixth inning as they racked up six unanswered runs. Mexico never recovered from that point and frustration tooo over late in the game.
Mexico was apparently insulted on Canada’s attempt to run up the score in the ninth inning. Mexico reliever Arnold Leon’s first two pitches went inside Canada’s outfielder Rene Tosoni, prompting umpires to warn both benches. However, Leon went on to hit Tosoni and caused havoc on the playing field.
Punches and kicks were thrown during the skirmish as Mexican and Canadian players going at each other. Officials will review game tape and could mete out disciplinary action Sunday.
In the end, Canadian got a much-needed victory and sent Mexico in a brink of elimination after going 1-2 in three games.
Meanwhile, Canada’s fate in the World Baseball Classic hinges on Sunday’s matchup vs. the US.