Anthony Gose, who was raised in Bellflower, retired all four batters he faced as the United States defeated South Korea, 4-2, Saturday in an opening round baseball game of the Tokyo Olympics.
Gose was the fourth of five U.S. pitchers. He relieved former Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Edwin Jackson with runners on first and second with two outs in the seventh inning and the U.S. leading 4-1 at Yokohama Baseball Stadium.
Gose induced pinch-hitter Kunwoo Park to line out to shortstop Nick Allen to end the inning. Gose retired the side in order in the eighth.
Jackson struck out the first two batters he faced, then walked Ji Hwan Oh and hit Kyoungmin Hur with a pitch.
The U.S. pitchers combined to strike out 14 batters, matching the most by the U.S. in an Olympic baseball game. Starter Nick Martinez (1-0) struck out nine in five innings.
The U.S. took a 2-1 lead on a fourth-inning, two-run home run by Triston Casas and increased its lead to 3-1 in the fifth on Allen’s two-out home run. Three batters later, Tyler Austin singled in Jaime Westbrook who singled.
South Korea (1-1) combined two singles and a ground out for a run in the first. U.S. closer David Robertson walked Baekho Kang to begin the ninth, then allowed a double to Euiji Yang. Kang scored on Jaeil Oh’s sacrifice fly.
The 36-year-old Robertson, who pitched for the New York Yankees’ 2009 World Series championship team and in the 2011 All-Star Game, retired the next two batters for his first save of the Olympics.
The U.S. (2-0) will next play at 3 a.m. Monday, Pacific Daylight Time, facing Japan (2-0) with the winner advancing to the semifinals and the loser playing in an elimination game Tuesday. The U.S.-Japan game will be streamed at stream.nbcolympics.com/baseball-knockout-stage-game-4.
With the Olympics taking place during the Major League Baseball season, players on 40-man rosters were not allowed to play in the Olympics, but minor leaguers not on 40-man rosters were.
Gose graduated from Bellflower High School in 2008, was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round of that year’s MLB draft and reached the majors in 2012 as an outfielder with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Gose hit .240 in 372 major league games with Toronto and the Detroit Tigers from 2012-16. He was converted to a pitcher in 2017 by the Tigers organization. He has a 4-1 record and 5.68 ERA this season with the Columbus Clippers, the Cleveland Indians’ Triple-A affiliate. He has never pitched in the major leagues.