Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Monday, March 09, 2009

Stomp


The US rolled out the whoopin' sticks last night in Toronto in beating Venezuela, 15-6. Kevin Youkilis went deep again, his second home run in two days. The US came from behind in the sixth and scored eight runs to make it 10-3, and coasted in to qualify for the second round of the World Baseball Classic.

In the sixth Venezuela brought in Victor Zambrano, and the moment I saw him I knew the Americans were on their way to a victory. Zambrano, the bum the Mets gave Scott Kazmir away for in 2004, faced four hitters, walked two of them, and all four scored. The key blow of the inning was Chris Iannetta's bases loaded triple that put the US in front for good.

Venezuela faces the Canada-Italy winner to see who will join the US in the second round. The US will play one more game in Round 1, against the team that wins the Venezuela-Canada/Italy game to determine who gets the top seed in Round 2.

And speaking of routs, Australia did some hammer job on Mexico, as they set a new WBC record for runs scored in a game with 17, and hits with 22, as they bashed the Mexicans, 17-7, in Mexico City. Australia faces Cuba next with the winner heading to the second round in that pool.

6 comments:

Riccardo Troiani said...

h...nice blog...i invite you on my blog Citysport (http://sportcity-ricio.blogspot.com) and i'm interested in an exchange of links...let me know if you are interested in it...too...have a good day
Riccardo

The Omnipotent Q said...

Hi Riccardo, and thanks for stopping by. I put up a link for you under "Other Sports Bloggers." All the best...

Riccardo Troiani said...

i added you in my blog...thanks for doing the same...have a good day and write to me when you want...see you

The Omnipotent Q said...

Thanks for the link, Riccardo. I'll be around your site from time to time!

Steel36 said...

Victor Zambrano-oy vey! The Rays sold him high and Phillips was delusional "We have to have somebody!"

I remember a start in June 2006 on national TV. 2 innings-not so bad. Zambrano throws a pitch in the third, grabs his elbow, and sprints to the dugout. End of season-torn elbow ligament.

As a younger O's fan, I saw when Glenn Davis was traded to The Orioles for Pete Harnisch, Steve Finley, and a young Curt Schilling.

Davis was an injured dude and the other three-well Harnisch was worst off and he was merely mediocre. It took me years to not wince when I watch Schilling pitch. That was the case in '93 World Series. One of the worst trades in history. Not one good player but at least two!

The Omnipotent Q said...

Actually, Steel, the Kazmir trade was not done by Steve Phillips, but by Jim Duquette. Now an infamous name in Mets history.