Italy was able to come back and tie the game in the fourth, when Twins catcher Drew Butera hit a two-run homer. Mexico, though, again responded in the fifth. Luis Cruz doubled in Eduardo Arredondo to make it 5-4. The game might have ended with that score, but Gonzalez had trouble on both a ball hit over his head by Nick Punto and Rizzo’s fly in the ninth.
That goes to show you what playing for pride of country can do for a couple of former banjo swinging stiffs. Hey paisanos, that's a spicy meatball!
Then again, Butera was born in Evansville, IN and Punto in San Diego. Maybe Mexico just sucks.