Monday, March 09, 2009
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.