Canada rout Mexico in fight-filled game
AFPPHOENIX, Arizona -- Michael Saunders went 4-for-4 and Justin Morneau drove in three runs as Canada routed Mexico 10-3 Saturday in a first-round World Baseball Classic game that included a ninth-inning brawl.
March 11, 2013, 12:10 am TWN
The wild scene involving Major League Baseball talent in the Group D contest came after Mexico pitcher Arnold Leon threw back-to-back pitches at Canada's Rene Tosoni with Canada leading 9-3.
Moments earlier, Canadian catcher Chris Robinson had bunted, which prompted Mexico third baseman Luis Cruz to tell Leon to throw at the next Canadian batter.
Leon then threw a pitch at the knees of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Tosoni that not only prompted Tosoni to say something to him but also resulted in a warning to Leon from the home plate umpire Brian Gorman.
On the very next pitch, Leon threw directly at Tosoni, hitting him in the ribs.
Tosoni walked toward the mound which inspired both teams to come onto the field. Heated words were exchanged before Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Cruz threw a punch at a Canadian player and the fight was on.
A couple of other separate fights then broke out, including one involving Mexican pitcher and Boston Red Sox player Alfredo Aceves, who absorbed a couple of hard punches to the head.
Canada pitching coach Denis Boucher was also hit in the face by a bottle thrown by Mexican fans who were standing behind the Canadian dugout.
Several police officers came onto the field and security officers moved through the pro-Mexican crowd of 19,581 at Chase Field, leading away a steady stream of Mexican fans who continued to yell and throw objects at Canadian players.
By the time play resumed, both Leon and Tosoni had been ejected.