END 9: Gio Gonzalez earns the win and the U.S. will now face the Dominican Republic on Thursday. While unclear now, Ross Detwiler is a candidate to pitch in the game.
END 5: Gio Gonzalez’s line: five innings, three hits, zero walks and five strikeouts. 69 pitches, 48 for strikes — under the 80-pitch limit for this round of the WBC. The left-hander was in mid-season form and standing at the top step watching the US hit. US leads, 3-0.
MID 5: Gio Gonzalez is pitching a gem. He tossed an 11-pitch fifth inning. He snapped off some nasty curveballs at Eddie Rosario and Matin Maldonado. He also fired two wicked change-ups at Andy Gonzalez. He’s at 69 pitches and at this efficient rate he’s likely got another inning in him. The limit in this round of the tournament is 80 pitches. US leads, 2-0.
MID 4: Gio Gonzalez escapes from a one-out double by Carlos Beltran. Joe Mauer keeps putting down the fastball sign and Gonzalez keeps pounding them into the strikezone. Giancarlo Stanton makes a nifty running catch to the end the inning and save a run, and prevent Beltran from scoring from third base.
The US tacked on another run with a groundout by David Wright. US leads, 2-0.
MID 3: Gio Gonzalez looks in mid-season even thought it’s essentially his fourth start of the spring. He is still sitting between 91 and 94 with his fastball and commanding it well. He’s got a good feel for his offspeed pitches already, but not as well as I’ve seen before. He’s thrown 44 pitches through three innings. Eddie Rosario reached on a chopper but Gonzalez struck out Angel Pagan and the got a grounder out of Irving Falu. US leads, 1-0.
MID 2: Gio Gonzalez looks sharp again. He has thrown mostly fastballs and is locating it very well low, inside and outside on hitters. He is sitting between 93 and 94 mph on the stadium radar gun. He got two groundouts and struck out Martin Maldonado looking with an fastball outside. Gonzalez has thrown 25 pitches.
The US has a lead after a Joe Maurer RBI double that plate Ryan Braun. US leads, 1-0.
MID 1: It’s humid here in Miami tonight. The roof is closed but the left field wall is open. Gio Gonzalez allowed a leadoff single to Angel Pagan, who then stole second base. But the left-hander got two popups and then got Carlos Beltran to fly out deep to center field to end the inning. Gonzalez put his head down after Beltran made hard contact on the ball. He walked off the mound, towards the dugout and playfully smacked coach Willie Randolph on his side with his glove. Tie game, 0-0.
PREGAME: Gio Gonzalez takes the mound for Team USA against Puerto Rico. He’s on an 80-pitch limit. He said about 40 friends and family will be here to watch him, but likely more. The lineups:
1. Angel Pagan, CF
2. Irving Falu, 2B
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Carlos Beltran, DH
5. Yadier Molina, C
6. Mike Aviles, SS
7. Martin Maldonado, 1B
8. Andy Gonzalez, 3B
9. Eddie Rosario, LF
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Brandon Phillips, 2B
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Joe Mauer, C
5. David Wright, 3B
6. Eric Hosmer, 1B
7. Adam Jones, CF
8. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
9. Ben Zobrist, DH