"I was so confident they were going to win," he said. "I was ready to go."
Gonzalez grew up in Hialeah, a short drive from Marlins Park, the site of the second round.
"To be a small town kid from Hialeah, Fla., pitching in Miami and representing Team USA, that says it all," he said. "It's a kid's dream."
The Dominican Republic will face Italy in an afternoon game Tuesday, followed by Team USA against Puerto Rico.
In Tokyo on Monday, Kalian Sams' ninth-inning sacrifice fly scored Andruw Jones with the winning run, capping a comeback from a two-run, eighth-inning deficit and lifting the Netherlands past Cuba 7-6 and into the WBC semifinals. The Netherlands, the first European team to reach the final four, advanced along with two-time defending champion Japan. At the semifinals in San Francisco on March 17-18, they will be joined by two teams from among the United States, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Italy.
Zack Greinke was scratched from his spring training start for the Dodgers against Milwaukee in Phoenix and went to Los Angeles to have his sore right elbow examined. Greinke, signed to a $147 million, six-year contract in December, felt discomfort while throwing Sunday.
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P Tuesday, 6 p.m.
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