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Behind Adrian Gonzalez, Mexico defeats USA

Mar 9, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

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Mexico first baseman and clean-up hitter Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, two walks, and three runs batted in, helping his team to a 5-2 victory over the United States. Gonzalez’s homer came in the third inning with two outs, pushing Mexico’s lead to 4-0 at the time. Lead-off hitter Eduardo Arredondo added three hits, including a double.

Mexico starter Yovani Gallardo, recently dealing with a strained groin, lasted three and one-third innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out four. He was taken out of the game after walking Ryan Braun with a pitch count approaching 50. USA starter R.A. Dickey went four innings, throwing a total of 62 pitches. He allowed four runs on six hits and no walks while striking out two. Glen Perkins, in relief of Dickey, allowed a run on a Luis Cruz sacrifice fly.

The US attempted a comeback late when Braun doubled to lead off the eighth inning. Eric Hosmer drove him in with a single to right, shrinking Mexico’s lead to three runs at 5-2. Giancarlo Stanton flied out to end the threat and the inning. Sergio Romo pitched a perfect ninth to seal the victory for Mexico.

The US joins Canada at 0-1 in Pool D while 1-1 Mexico moves into second place behind 2-0 Italy. Canada and Mexico will play at 2:30 PM ET tomorrow, followed by the U.S. vs. Italy at 9 PM ET. If Mexico defeats Canada tomorrow, Italy could be playing to eliminate the US from the tournament.

  1. baymac408 - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Shout out to Sergio Romo!! Because I look illegal to!! And I’m proud GO GIANTS

  2. joerymi - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    All I could hear as I was reading this was Kevin Meaney’s “I Don’t Care.”

    …and now it is stuck in my head

  3. woodstakes - Mar 9, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Man it sure would be nice if our stud US Pitchers gave a crap about this. Its utterly embarrassing that The United States of AMERICA can’t win an international tournament that plays AMERICA’S Game!! Geez I wonder if we had Verlander, Price, CC, Jered Weaver as our starting pitching if maybe it would make a difference… hmmmm.

    Its like watching my favorite team play.. the Twins… can put up runs but can’t stop anyone from getting a hit off our pitching!

    • joerymi - Mar 9, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      It is easy to wish for stud pitchers to pitch in this when none of said pitchers play for the team for which you are a fan. If this were 2004, I doubt you would be licking your chops to see Johan Santana in this thing.

      • jwbiii - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        In 2006, when Santana was a member of the Twins, he did play for Venezuela in the WBC.

      • joerymi - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:54 AM

        Please reread my post. Multiple times, if nessasary.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      This game was started by last season’s NL Cy Young award winner. He may not have pitched well, but it’s not like some no name guy was out there.

  4. thebadguyswon - Mar 9, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Real baseball starts in April.

  5. bigharold - Mar 9, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    ” .. Mexico first baseman and clean-up hitter Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, two walks, and three runs batted in, helping his team to a 5-2 victory over ..”

    Not any team playing the RS. So, another reason for the Nation to hate him.

    • takavl - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      Gonzalez played well because 1) The game wasn’t being a) nationally televised by b) ESPN on a c) Sunday night when d) he and his team had to catch a flight the next day, not to mention that e) “the media” just won’t leave him be, and 2) ‘cuz Gawd told him to. ‘Nuff said.

  6. losanginsight - Mar 9, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Let’s Go Dodgers!

  7. em26jamie - Mar 9, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Why is Adrian Gonzalez playing for Mexico when he’s American? Bah, who cares anyway?

    • jwbiii - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      If one of your parents was born in another country, you are eligible to play for that country. The Italian team is packed with second generation Italian Americans.

  8. eagles512 - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Romo has to be the most annoying player in baseball

  9. albertmn - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    It won’t bother me a bit if the US drops out and those players can get back to their real teams.

  10. natslady - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    I’m sorry, but I have a problem rooting for a team with Jimmy Rollins on it! That’s an issue for US fans, we hate on the opposing players, and suddenly–briefly–we are supposed to root for them. I want Team USA to win, but my loyalties are torn. I root for OUR guys, and that means Nats guys (even if they are playing for the Neatherlands).

    • historiophiliac - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      I don’t think any of my guys are playing for team USA, so that makes it easy for me. Venezuela!!!!

  11. dirtydrew - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    WBC is lame. Sergio Romo is a Mexican American, ought to be playing for the U.S. This event is doomed to have empty stadiums for the finals. If your not born in a country, you should not be playing for them. The outcomes are not real.

    • jwbiii - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

      Each player on a Federation Team’s approved Available Player List must be eligible to participate for that Federation Team. A player will be so eligible only if:

      – The player is a citizen of the Federation Team’s country or territory, as evidenced by a valid passport the player holds as of January 1, 2013; or
      – The player is currently a permanent legal resident of the Federation Team’s country or territory, as evidenced by documentation satisfactory to WBCI and the International Baseball Federation (“IBAF”), or
      – The player was born in the Federation Team’s country or territory, as evidenced by a birth certificate or its equivalent; or
      – The player has one parent who is, or if deceased was, a citizen of the Federation Team’s country or territory, as evidenced by a passport or other documentation satisfactory to WBCI and the IBAF; or
      – The player has one parent who was born in the Federation Team’s country or territory, as evidenced by a birth certificate or its equivalent; or
      – The player presents documentary evidence satisfactory to WBCI that, even if he has not been granted citizenship or been issued a passport, the player would be granted citizenship or a passport in due course under the laws of the Federation Team’s country or territory had the player applied for such citizenship or passport.

      Each Federation Team shall submit to WBCI on or before the time it submits its proposed Interest List the evidence supporting the eligibility of each of the players, unless WBCI grants an extension in regard to a player. If such an extension is granted, evidence supporting the eligibility of such player shall be submitted to WBCI as soon as practicable but in no event later than a date to be set by WBCI with respect to such player.

      In the event a player is eligible to play on more than one Federation Team, the Player may select the Federation Team for which he wishes to play, provided that nothing shall prohibit such a player from declaring his willingness to play for any Federation Team for which he is eligible to play. A player who represented one Federation Team in the 2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifier will be ineligible to change his Federation Team designation for the 2013 World Baseball Classic Tournament.

      If a player on a Federation Team’s approved Provisional Roster or approved Final Roster is subsequently determined, in the sole discretion of WBCI, not to have been eligible to participate for that Federation Team, the player shall be removed from the Final Roster and shall not be eligible to play in the remainder of the Tournament. Such ineligible player may not be replaced on the Federation Team’s Final Roster. WBCI may, in its discretion, impose sanctions upon any Federation Team that WBCI determines has used one or more ineligible players.

      http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/about/rules.jsp#eligibility

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Sergio Romo is a Mexican American, ought to be playing for the U.S.

      Huh?

  12. BigBeachBall - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Wbc isnt popular? Wha? Wha? The MLB is the wbc… Shut it.

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