Petco Park hosts World Baseball Classic

Defending champion Japan shut out Cuba 6-0 Sunday in second-round action in the World Baseball Classic at Petco Park.

It was the same result as in the inaugural tournament in 2006, when Japan beat Cuba to claim the championship.

A crowd of 20,179 people watched Daisuke Matsuzaka and three relievers scatter eight hits to keep the powerful Cubans from crossing the plate.

A larger crowd is expected for Monday night’s game pitting Mexico against South Korea.

Games will continue at the East Village ballpark through Thursday.

Among several Padres who lent their talents to the three-week competition are slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, playing for Team Mexico, and Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Jake Peavy, a member of the USA squad.

Team USA was the victim of a 11-1 drubbing by Puerto Rico Saturday night in Miami Gardens, Fla., in a game that was stopped in the 7th inning when Puerto Rico was ahead by 10 runs.

The second edition of the 16-team World Baseball Classic, which debuted in 2006, got under way March 5 and will wrap up March 23 with the finals at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Japan claimed the championship title in the inaugural installment of the event, which concluded in downtown San Diego. Cuba took second-place, followed by South Korea and the Dominican Republic.

The WBC is an international baseball tournament sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation and created by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and other professional baseball leagues and their player associations around the world. The is the second time the tournament has been held.