PHOENIX — A fierce brawl that saw Alfredo Aceves and several players throw nasty punches erupted Saturday in the ninth inning of Canada’s 10-3 romp over Mexico in the World Baseball Classic in a melee that also involved fans.
The fights broke out after Canada’s Rene Tosoni was hit by a pitch from Arnold Leon with Canada leading 9-3 at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. It turned into a wild scene, as chaotic as any on a major league field in recent years.
Even when the fisticuffs ended, a full water bottle thrown from the crowd struck the face of a Canadian coach. Canada shortstop Cale Iorg angrily threw the bottle back into the crowd.
Several police officers came onto the field trying to restore order, and there were a few skirmishes in the seats. Seven players were ejected.
There had already been several hard plays on the bases when things got out of hand. Shortly before Tosoni was a hit, a bunt single by Canada seemed to heighten the tension — a tiebreaker in the WBC relies heavily on scoring runs, and the Canadians were trying to pad their margin.
Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Morneau and Joey Votto were among the big-name, high-priced stars playing in the game. The fight was exactly the kind of thing that must have made major league managers and general managers cringe at the thought of one of their players getting hurt in such a fracas.
Dominican Republic 6, Spain 3
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Carlos Santana homered, Robinson Cano had three hits and the Dominican Republic beat Spain at the World Baseball Classic.
The Dominican team improved to 2-0 in Group C and will advance to the second round in Miami if Puerto Rico beats Venezuela later Saturday.
Cuba 14, Taiwan 0
TOKYO — Yasmany Tomas hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning as Cuba routed Taiwan in the second round of the World Baseball Classic.
Tomas’ second home run of the tournament gave Cuba a commanding 6-0 lead at Tokyo Dome, and the 2006 runner-up added eight runs in the sixth before the game was ended under the mercy rule.