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Italy does it again, drubs Canada 14-4 in eight innings

Mar 8, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

Mario Chiarini, Mike Costanzo Getty Images

Pool D underdog Italy claimed its second win in two days Friday, spanking Canada 14-4 and closing in on a spot in Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic.

Mario Chiarini delivered a hit to the gap in the bottom of the eighth to invoke the mercy rule in the contest.

It was Italy’s second celebration in minutes. Mike Costanzo previously hit a shot to left that was initially ruled a game-ending homer, only to be corrected to a ground-rule double on replay.

First baseman Chris Colabello went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer to lead the Italian offense. Catcher Drew Butera, who had a two-run homer against Mexico on Thursday, drove in two more runs today. Nick Punto and Chris Denorfia both had two-hit games from the top of the order.

Canada failed to sustain its rallies in the game. Michael Saunders knocked in two runs, but he was the only player with a multihit game. Joey Votto, who barely pushed a homer foul in the first, went 0-for-2 with two walks. Justin Morneau was 1-for-2 with a walk.

Despite going 2-0, Italy still hasn’t clinched a spot in Round 2, though the blowout today will definitely help its case in any sort of tiebreaker. It will face Team USA in its Pool D finale. Team USA, which still hasn’t played its first game, gets Mexico tonight.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 8, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Ouch! Our pitching stunk!

    • cur68 - Mar 8, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Yeah, clearly we had no pitching. With all that snow-ball throwing we grow up with you’d think we might be good at this, but no, not so much.
      Oh well, at least we can hit. Comes with the turf. How else to get in the seal blubber harvest?

  2. cosanostra71 - Mar 8, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Nothing is impastable

  3. historiophiliac - Mar 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Poor Canadaaaaaaaa…something something something…Jobu keep our land hmmm hmmm and free…Poor Canadaaaaa/we stand and guard your cheese/we stand and guard your cheeeeeeeeeese!

    • cur68 - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      I’m certain that this is, word for word, the version the 12 year old in front of me at The Hockey was singing a couple of weeks ago. Only I think he had a line that went “from FAAAARRRRT and wide…” It was the best moment of the game, if you ask me.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        If only I knew it in French…

  4. mscott4 - Mar 8, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Forza Italia!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Forza Azzuri!

  5. 13arod - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Looks the same like brazil did to get into the world baseball classic another underdog doing good so far

  6. lyon810 - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Canada: terrible at everything except hockey. Bad sports country

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Strange comment, considering that Canada did win the most Gold Medals at the last Winter Olympics.

      • sometimesimisscandlestick - Mar 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        Yay curling!

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        Curling is a great sport. It is much better than both Bowling and full contact Poker.

      • indaburg - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        Curling is awesome. I know not a whit about it, but it’s mesmerizing. I watch it with the same expression my dog has when she hears a novel noise–head titled sideways with eyes wide open in amazement.

      • lyon810 - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        who gives a shit about the winter olympics

  7. paperlions - Mar 8, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Even with the discount for tickets to Cactus League games and every day-time Cactus League game being rained out….there might have been….what? 8,000 people there, max? Probably closer to 5,000.

    • jwbiii - Mar 8, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      Listed attendance was 5,140. Spot on.

    • indaburg - Mar 8, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      Historically, there’s a lot of antipathy and friction between the US and Canada. You can’t expect us to show up for any game in which Canada participates.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        Well, we are feuding right now.

      • cur68 - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:40 PM

        Historically we burned your stuff. I guess that would cause some antipathy. Next time, rather than burn it, maybe we KEEP it, eh?

      • indaburg - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        War of 1812: Never Forget.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        Thieving beavers! Revenge 1812! To Resolute!

      • indaburg - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        That’s right–we are feuding right now . Vengeance is nigh! Onward! Forward! Allons!

        Apparently, R.A. Dickey is now a double agent for the beavermen and is sabotaging the US in the WBC. Freaking sneaky beavers.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        Clearly, the RA stands for “Renedict Arnold”! Turned traitor for a few dollars Canadian. Damn the Mets!

      • cur68 - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        I sure hope he’s saving his best stuff for the MLB season: guys I’ve never heard of were KILLING him. Of course the homer was from some guy named “Adrian Gonzalez” but who is “Eduardo de Jesus Arredondo” and why isn’t he in the MLB? Damn, he’s good.

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