2013 World Baseball Classic – Pool D
Pool D was a round-robin tournament. Each team played the other three teams once, with the top two teams advancing to Pool 2.
NOTE: Tiebreaker notes: HTH − Head-to-head. RS − Runs scored. IPO − Innings the team batted. RA − Runs against. IPD − Innings the team pitched. TQB − The index of (RS/IPO)−(RA/IPD).
| ITA 6
| CAN 4 (F/8)
| MEX 5
| CAN 10
| USA 6
| USA 9
Italy 6, Mexico 5
|WP: Nick Pugliese (1−0) LP: Sergio Romo (0−1) Sv: Jason Grilli (1)
ITA: Drew Butera (1)
Attendance: 4,478 (40.7%)
Umpires: HP − Jim Reynolds, 1B − Michael Ulloa, 2B − Brian Gorman, 3B − Kwang-nam Na
Italy 14, Canada 4
|WP: Alex Maestri (1−0) LP: Shawn Hill (0−1)
ITA: Chris Colabello (1)
Attendance: 5,140 (10.6%)
Umpires: HP − Brian Knight, 1B − Miguel Hernandez, 2B − Jim Reynolds, 3B − Kwang-nam Na
Notes: Originally scheduled at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
but was moved due to potential inclement weather.
Completed early due to 10–run mercy rule after 8 innings.
Mexico 5, United States 2
|WP: Yovani Gallardo (1−0) LP: R.A. Dickey (0−1) Sv: Sergio Romo (1)
MEX: Adrian Gonzalez (1)
Attendance: 44,256 (91.0%)
Umpires: HP − Todd Tichenor, 1B − Brian Gorman, 2B − Miguel Hernandez, 3B − Michael Ulloa
Canada 10, Mexico 3
|WP: Chris Leroux (1−0) LP: Marco Estrada (0−1)
Attendance: 19,581 (40.3%)
Umpires: HP − Brian Gorman, 1B − Kwang-nam Na, 2B − Brian Knight, 3B − Michael Ulloa
The Canada-Mexico game was marred by a bench-clearing brawl in the top of the ninth inning. Team Canada, who had a sizeable 9-3 lead at that point, began the frame with a Chris Robinson bunt single. Though bunting for a hit would customarily be against baseball etiquette with a large lead, the fact that run differential would be used in tie-breaking procedures made the play more of a strategic move. Still, Team Mexico took the play as a slight, with television cameras catching third baseman Luis Cruz motioning to pitcher Arnold Leon to bean the next Canadian batter, Rene Tosoni. Leon's first two pitches were thrown inside to Tosoni, neither of which made contact. Both benches were warned after the second pitch, but nonetheless, Leon threw at Tosoni a third time, finally hitting him. Tosoni then walked towards the mound, with both benches emptying to incite the brawl. After the fighting had died down, with both teams returning to their benches, Mexican fans from behind the Canadian dugout began to get involved, with a fan throwing a water bottle that hit Canadian pitching coach Denis Boucher in the head. Shortstop Cale Iorg responded by firing the bottle back into the stands. Seven players total were ejected, and no disciplinary measures such as suspensions were taken following the game.
United States 6, Italy 2
|WP: Ryan Vogelsong (1−0) LP: Marco Grifantini (0−1) Sv: Ross Detwiler (1)
USA: David Wright (1)
Attendance: 19,303 (39.7%)
Umpires: HP − Jim Reynolds, 1B − Brian Knight, 2B − Kwang-nam Na, 3B − Miguel Hernandez
The United States went ahead of Italy in the fifth inning on a grand slam hit by third baseman David Wright and held on to win the game. Wright's home run was seen as a turning point of lackluster play by the US up until that point.
United States 9, Canada 4
|WP: Heath Bell (1−0) LP: Jimmy Henderson (0−1)
CAN: Michael Saunders (1)
Attendance: 22,425 (46.1%)
Umpires: HP − Brian Knight, 1B − Jim Reynolds, 2B − Michael Ulloa, 3B − Miguel Hernandez
Team USA and Canada went toe to toe until outfielder Adam Jones doubled home two runs in the eighth inning off of Canada's Jimmy Henderson. Jones later scored on a single by Shane Victorino and the USA tacked on four more run in the ninth inning, punctuated by a three-run double by Eric Hosmer. The United States went on to win the game 9-4, earning them the Pool D victory and a berth to the second round in Miami, as Canada is eliminated from the tournament for the third time.
- Miller, Doug (March 10, 2013). "Saunders' presence felt with Pool D MVP honors". MLB.com.
- Weather concerns move Canada-Italy to Chase Field