The team with the most Indian presence, Puerto Rico, opened up action on Friday against Spain with Mike Aviles starting at shortstop.In the first inning, Aviles knocked in team Puerto Rico's second run with a sacrifice fly that scored Alex Rios. He also later walked and stole a base in the game that Puerto Rico won 3-0.
Although their were no Indians involved, a few other games took place including another Pool D surprise. This time team Italy destroyed Canada, forcing a 10 run mercy in the 8th inning. Nick Punto had a big day at lead off for Italy and the previously unknown Chris Colabello provided all the power, hitting the games only home run and knocking in four of their 14 runs. Colabello is currently a AA player in the Twins organization. With the win, team Italy is just one win away from advancing to the next round.
On the other side of the world, the second round of play has begun, with Japan beating Chinese Taipei in extra innings and the Netherlands getting an unexpected win against the heavily favorited team Cuba. The second round of the WBC is a double elimination round so Cuba will have to win their next two games to advance.
Saturday will see another full slate of games with five matches scheduled. Chinese Taipei will take on Cuba in a loser goes home match in Japan. The powerful Dominican Republic team will face off against newcomer Spain as Puerto Rico will play Venezeula, rounding out Pool C. Canada will be playing Mexico and the United States will face off against the upstart Italians.
Sergio Romo and Adrian Gonzalez look to lead Mexico to the next round against Canada.