Gomes helps Brazil to upset win in WBC qualifier
Indians catcher Yan Gomes went 2-for-4 to help lead his Brazil team to a 3-2 win over Panama last night in the opening of pool play in a World Baseball Classic qualifier in Panama. Indians right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino started for Panama and went 2.2 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks and struck out three.
With the win, on Saturday Brazil will play the winner of tonight’s Nicaragua and Colombia matchup. A win in that contest would put Brazil in the pool final on Monday.
In other pool play, former Indian outfielder Johnny Damon – who is playing for Thailand - went 1-for-3 with a walk and left three runners on base in Thailand’s 8-2 loss to the Phillipines. Right-handed pitcher Sung-Wei Tseng - another former Indian - pitched a scoreless inning of relief in Chinese Taipei’s 10-0 win over New Zealand.
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