Anthony Rizzo Reaches Base Twice as Italy Thwomps Canada

By Matt Heckler
Anthony Rizzo Team Italy
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Anthony Rizzo and Team Italy have collected their second win of the World Baseball Classic, building on the momentum of an intense game between their side and Mexico in the first game. As you may recall, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo came through big in that contest, hitting the game winning two-run double in the top of the ninth inning that sealed the deal for Italy. Although he contributed to the win, Anthony Rizzo wasn’t the primary catalyst of Italy today in their 14-4 shellacking of Canada.

Anthony Rizzo actually went hitless in the game (0-for-3), but he drew two walks in his five total plate appearances, getting one RBI and scoring both times. The biggest standout of the game this time around was teammate Chris Colabello, a prospect of the Minnesota Twins organization, who went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs. Every player in Italy’s lineup had at least one RBI on the game, with the sole exception of leadoff hitter Nick Punto, who scored two runs on two hits.

A 14-4 final result isn’t the same kind of intense viewing experience that a narrow 6-5 victory is, but it is a safe bet that Anthony Rizzo and Team Italy prefer it this way. They decimated Canada in the match, which puts them in a situation that could very well lead to a second round berth in the classic. Anthony Rizzo may not have had the same level of success as he did in the previous win, but any time you reach base twice, drive in a run, and score twice in a game it can be considered a good outing. Team Italy’s next game is going to be tough, as they will face off against Team USA on Saturday.

Matt Heckler is a baseball journalist for and a science fiction writer. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer and on Google Plus.

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