Gonzales Ends Hitless Streak With Single Against Puerto Rico
HAARLEM, The Netherlands - Gonzaga University junior-to-be Marco Gonzales broke out of an 0-for-16 slump with a pinch-it single Tuesday, but it wasn't enough as Puerto Rico edged the USA Baseball Collegiate National 3-2 in a Honkbal Week game Tuesday.
Honkbal is Dutch for baseball.
Gonzales, whose hitless streak was in non-exhibition games, singled sharply to right field in the top of the seventh to advance Jose Trevino to third with the potential game-tying run. Trevino led off the inning with a single to center and finished 3-for-4 after singling again to lead off the ninth. Kyle Farmer hit into an inning-ending double play to quell the seventh-inning threat.
Juan Padilla, a 24th-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 1998 MLB Draft who played in the majors thru the 2005 season, got the win for Puerto Rico. He allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings, struck out three, walked none and surrendered six hits.
The USA scored in the top of the second, Puerto Rico took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the fourth, the USA tied things with a run in the top of the sixth and Puerto Rico scored what proved to be the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth.
The CNT will face Chinese Taipei on Wednesday and the host team The Netherlands on Thursday to wrap up pool play.