Monday, September 14, 2009

TERRAZAS TEARS UP ITALIANS IN 6-3 WIN


Ivan Terrazas (pictured, sliding into home plate) batted 3-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and three driven in to lead Mexico to a 6-3 win over Italy on Monday in Bologna. The win evened Mexico's record at 1-1 in the second round of the Baseball World Cup, and marked the second time in four days the Grande Verde has defeated a team on its own soil.


Terrazas opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning by trotting home from third on a bases-loaded walk to Cristian Presichi. He then drove in Abel Martinez with Mexico's second run with a single in the bottom of the second. Italy actually tied the game at 2-2 with single runs in the third and sixth innings, but Terrazas put Mexico ahead for good with a two-run homer off Italian reliever Luca Panerati in the bottom of the sixth. Italy came back for one run in the seventh to make it 4-3, but Mexico tucked this one to bed in the eighth when Oscar Robles drove Martinez in with a double, and later scored himself on a passed ball. Robles finished with a perfect night at the plate, collecting three hits and two walks in five plate appearances.


Mexican reliever Arturo Lopez picked up the win and Hector Navarro earned the save, but it was starter Andres Meza who held Italy at bay by allowing one earned run on six hits and one walk on 5.1 innings of work. Panerati suffered the loss for the Italians as a result of Terrazas' homer.


Mexico will next face Canada Tuesday in Torino at 8:00PM local time. The Canadians are 0-2 in Round 2 after an 8-0 loss to the United States on Sunday followed by a 5-3 loss Monday to Austrlaia in ten innings.

JAPAN BOPS MEXICO, 9-3, TO OPEN BWC SECOND ROUND


The Mexican National Team came thudding back to Earth at the Baseball World Cup on Sunday after taking a 9-3 loss at the hands of Japan. Mexico ran the table in Pool A play with three consecutive wins, but allowed six unanswered runs after going into the bottom of the sixth inning with a 3-3 tie in the second round opener for both teams in Parma, Italy.


Japan broke up a scoreless tie with three fourth-inning runs as Go Yamaoka triped in two runs and later came in a Ken Kume single. Mexico came back to tie the game as Cristian Presichi scored on a Carlos Velencia single in the fifth and Saul Soto (pictured) blasted a two-run homer in the top of the sixth to make it 3-3. That was it for the Mexicans, however, as Japanese relievers Hirofumi Yamanaka and Yosuke Okamoto pitched scoreless ball the rest of the way.


Japan went ahead for good with three runs in the bottom of the sixth on five hits and a throwing error by Mexico centerfielder Ivan Terrazas, then tacked on insurance runs in the eighth via a three-run homer by Keiji Okebe off Hugo Castellanos.


Yamanaka took the win for Japan, while reliever Jasiel Acosta absorbed the defeat for Mexico. Presichi and Sergio Contreras each haw two hits for the Grande Verde, but Edgar Quintero was held hitless in four trips to plate after going 5-for-5 against Australia on Saturday.


Mexico will take on host Italy Monday at Bologna in the second of seven games in the second round before facing Canada Wednesday in Torino.