The Stat Line Of The Night – 3/10/09 – Steve Mason
Italy Gives Canada Aboot, eh
Total Pro Sports - In a World Baseball Classic that has seen numerous upsets, Monday night was no exception. Host nation Canada was utterly stunned by an Italian team that was playing inspired ball.
Chris Denorfia had a monster game at the plate and in the field, making numerous catches and piling up four hits, two RBI’s and two runs. Jason Grilli bounced back from a poor outing against Venezuela and pitched three scoreless innings to record the save.
Canadian fans were heckling the Italian outfielders relentlessly, but to no avail. The Italian players could not understand a word they were saying and were thus unfazed. After the game, drunk and angry Canada fans were seen as a mob heading towards College Street and Little Italy to start some trouble, but they walked by a bar with the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and got distracted and went in to the watch some curling.
This set up a rematch with Venezuela, but unfortunately the Italian team had a big lunch of pasta, pizza and wine and were too stuffed to contend.
Venezuela plays the United States for top spot in the group on Wednesday.