Canada Clobbers Mexico in Base Brawl

Mexico did not take to kindly to a bunt single in the ninth inning of a 9-3 game.  It appears Luis Cruz told Arnold Leon to hit Rene Tosoni with the next pitch.  After two pitches missed Tosoni the umpire issued a warning to both benches.  This did not stop Leon from throwing at Tosoni a third time.  He hit him on the third pitch resulting in an emptying of both dugouts.  When rules are established making run differential a critical part of the game teams will do things to run up the score.  What Canada may not have realized is that their beating Mexico would virtually knock them out of the tournament, cancelling any run differential Canada would have with Mexico.

Mexico started Marco Estrada but Team Canada got to him early.  Canada bunched together four singles and a double to plate four runs, Michael Saunders slapping the big hit with a 2-run single.  Mexico came back with a run in the first and two in the fourth to pull within one, but Canada pulled away from the game with at least one run in the sixth inning and beyond.

Michael Saunders and Justin Morneau each swatted four hits to drive in three runs.  Canada now needs to beat the United States to advance to the second round.  Italy has already clinched an appearance in the second round.

The players ejected from the game after the brawl were Arnold Leon, Oliver Perez, Eduardo Arredondo, Andrew Albers, and Alfredo Aceves from Mexico while Canada only had Pete Orr, Rene Tosoni and Jay Johnson ejected.

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