Mexico defeated Australia, 16-1, on Wednesday to secure a spot in Round 2 and avenge its embarrassing opening-game loss and advance to Round 2 of the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Australia meets Mexico on Wednesday night at Foro Sol Stadium in a salacious rematch of Sunday's game between the two teams that Australia won swiftly, 17-7.
Clutch hitting and a solid outing from its starting pitcher was not enough for Australia to hang on Tuesday, as it lost, 5-4, to Cuba in Pool B of the World Baseball Classic.
Though they're not traditional rivals, a showdown of significant importance between Australia and Cuba should come as no surprise. They met at the Athens Olympics in 2004, when Cuba defeated Australia to capture the gold medal, and their paths have continued to cross since.
Australia rolled to a 17-7 win at Foro Sol Stadium against host Mexico on Sunday in its opening game of the 2009 World Baseball Classic and in the process set a new Classic record for hits in a game with 22.
Team Australia dropped its final exhibition match, 10-3, to the White Sox, in advance of its World Baseball Classic debut on Sunday.
J.J. Hardy and Casey McGehee homered to help the Brewers erase a four-run deficit in a 10-5 win over Australia's Classic squad on Thursday.
While the Australians certainly aren't considered a baseball powerhouse, the 2004 Olympic silver medal winners is developing a strong international presence.
Runs were aplenty when Ken Griffey Jr. returned to the lineup in the Mariners' 11-9 loss to Team Australia on Wednesday night at Peoria Stadium.