USA beats Puerto Rico 7-1, plays Dominican Republic next in WBC
The United States beat Puerto Rico 7-1 in Miami to open play in Pool 2 of the World Baseball Classic. The Puerto Ricans are now within one loss of being knocked out in this double elimination round.
Gio Gonzalez pitched five shutout innings, striking out five batters en route to the win. Gonzalez played before his hometown crowd, according to MLB.com. He is from Haileah, just outside of Miami. He is scheduled to be USA’s starter if they make the Classic’s semi-final game in San Francisco next week.
During the third inning, David Wright hit a fast grounder to bring in another run, but Puerto Rico shortstop Mike Aviles from the Indians made a diving stop for a force-out at second base that saved another run and helped mitigate the damage in the inning.
In the fourth, American outfielder from the Mets Giancarlo Stanton made a stellar over-the-shoulder catch at the wall in right field that saved a run and ended the inning.
The U.S. bats kept chipping for runs in the fifth and seventh innings, before breaking the game open with a four-run eighth inning with a three-run double by David Wright, who finished with five RBIs in the game.
Wright now has 10 runs batted in for the tournament, helping the Americans get past their pivotal games so far.
The next game is against the Dominican Republic tonight, who also won Tuesday against Italy.