The USA played David to Cuba’s Goliath in the Pan Am Games on Monday, knocking off the 10-time defending champs by a score of 12-10. The victory, in which Phils farmhand Tuffy Gosewisch played a role, sends the Stars and Stripes to the tournament’s title game tonight.
Gosewisch, who started behind the plate for the US team, smoked a two-run single in the second inning to give the United States a 3-0 lead. He would come around to score later in the frame, capping the club’s five-run outburst.
The 28-year-old catcher, who the Phils selected out of Arizona State in the 11th round of the 2005 draft, has started 11 of the USA’s 15 games in the tournament. He is 10-for-41 (.244) with four doubles, a homer and nine RBIs. Travis d’Arnaud and Joe Thurston, both former members of the Phils organization, are also on the US team.
Oh Canada: Chris Kissock, who went 3-7 with a 4.82 ERA at Double-A Reading last season, threw two scoreless innings to close out Canada’s 5-3 win over Mexico. The Phils drafted Kissock, a native of Trail, British Columbia, in the 9th round in 2007. His Canadian squad will take on the US tonight at 8 p.m., as the States look for their first Pan Am baseball title since 1967. You can watch live online here.