Saturday, September 12, 2009

MEXICO FINISHES 3-0 IN POOL A, SECOND ROUND AHEAD


Cristian Presichi drove in Edgar Quintero (pictured) with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning, and then Hector Navarro held Australia scoreless in the bottom of the ninth to give Mexico a 10-9 win Saturday in the Baseball World Cup in Prague. Quintero hit a one-out double, then was driven in by Presichi’s single.

Mexico ran its run-scoring margin to 22-0 over the first three games by building a 5-0 lead before the Australians scored a run in the third. The Mexicans were cruising along with an 8-2 lead before the Aussies exploded for five sixth-inning runs, and though Mexico posted a run in the top of the eighth, Australia pushed two across against reliever Alan Guerrero to knot the score at 9-9, setting the stage for the fateful ninth inning. Hector Navarro then held the Aussies scoreless to notch the save. Guerrero got the win despite his shaky performance.

Mexico finished with a perfect 3-0 record in Pool A to advance to the second round, beginning with a game against Japan Sunday in Parma, Italy.