Mexico City was rocking last night as the last team to qualify for the second round of the 2009 WBC was decided in a lopsided rematch between Australia and host Team Mexico.
Needing only six innings, Mexico pounded out 13 hits with three home runs—two by Karim Garcia. Australia tried eight pitchers but could not quiet the bats of Team Mexico.
In additional to his two homers, Garcia had two other hits and four RBI. Mexico scored in every inning after the second.
Starting pitcher Jorge Campillo was hardly challenged, scattering six hits and one run. Rodrigo Lopez finished in fine fashion.
Mexico now plays tonight against Cuba to decide which team will be seeded higher in the second round that starts next Sunday in San Diego.
The Australians made a good run in this 2009 World Baseball Classic, playing two outstanding games before running out of gas. Teams like Cuba and Mexico, with more experience and team depth, usually win out in the end.