Team Australia’s big bat was at it again as Robbie Glendinning launched his second home run in as many World Baseball Classic games. This time, he went yard against Team China in a second-round pool play game on Saturday.
Australia began the game in cruise control, gaining a 5-0 lead over WBC debutant China. However, China began to mount a rally by scoring a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning to cut the score to 5-2.
However, Glendinning quickly regained the five-run difference for Australia with a towering blast off of China relief pitcher Weiyi Wang in the bottom of the fourth.
The two-run shot was Glendinning’s second for the WBC. He also hit a three-run homer in Australia’s shock 8-7 victory over Korea in the opening round of the tournament.
The Australians were so spurred on by Robbie Glendinning’s round-tripper that the team went on to score five runs — all with two out — to put the game out of reach.
Robbie Glendinning, a big bat in the Australian Baseball League
Glendinning, a native of Perth, Australia, also wields a big bat for Melbourne in the Australian Baseball League. In five ABL seasons with Perth and Melbourne, he is hitting .331 with 32 home runs and 111 RBI.
The 27-year-old Glendinning was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball in the 21st round of the 2017 Draft, and is currently in the Kansas City Royals organization.