24-year-old New South Wales right-hander Coen Wynne pitched for Australia in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday to help them win against China 12-2.
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In the top of the fourth inning Australia were up 5-2, but China threatened to tie the game. And manager Dave Nilsson made a masterful play, handing the ball to Wynne, the team's newest pitcher and coming on for co-captain Tim Atherton.
Wynne hit the first batter he faced to load the bases, perhaps as a result of nerves, but he quickly calmed down. He struck out the next two batters and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out two.
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Australia's bats broke out against the Chinese bullpen.
The Angels' Aaron Whitefield had two hits and scored three runs, while the Royals' minor leaguer Robbie Glendinning hit his second home run of the tournament.
Rixon Wingrove tied the World Baseball Classic record with four RBIs in a single game.
Australia, now with a 2-0 record, is closer to qualifying for the quarterfinals. The next match will be against also undefeated Japan on Sunday.
Seemingly running out of options, China (0-3) will face Korea on Monday.