Australia vs Canada Novara, Italy 14 September 2009.
Australia’s pitchers laid the platform for a nail-biting 5-3 extra innings win over Canada in their second game of Round 2 action at the 2009 World Baseball Cup.
It was the Aussies’ defence which secured the win, allowing only 7 hits in 10 innings of play, while the Canadian defence also quieted the Australian bats who have been in excellent form throughout the tournament.
Australia now sits atop Group G alongside the US with the top four teams in the group to progress. Two wins from their remaining five Pool G games should see the A-Roos safely through to the final group stage, featuring the best 8 teams in the world.
In a game that was a pitchers duel, Australia’s hurlers starred with Adam Blackley starting, delivering 7 strike outs while allowing only 4 hits for 1 run in 5 and 1/3 innings. Australia’s relievers then combined to throw the final 4 and 2/3 innings, allowing just 2 hits and 2 runs between them.
With scores tied at 1 run a-piece coming into the top of the 9th, Luke Hughes homered to left field to give the Aussies a one run advantage. Canada’s Tosoni then replied with his own homer to end the 9th at 2-all and send the game into extra innings using the tie breaker rule.
Australia finished strongly in the 10th, scoring 3 runs after starting the innings with runners on 1st and 2nd. Brad Harman’s sacrifice bunt sent the runners to 2nd and 3rd before Daniel Berg singled through left field, allowing Beresford to score, giving the Aussies a 1-run lead and allowing them to apply scoreboard pressure. A fielding error by the Canadians then allowed Berg and Kimpton to score before the Canadians wrapped up the innings facing a 2-5 deficit.
Despite scoring off a sacrifice fly, the Canadians were unable to get anybody else across home plate and pitcher Matthew Williams closed out the game for the 5-3 win.
The A-Roos now take on Chinese Taipei tonight and are hoping for another victory following their 7 – 5 victory in first round group play.
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