Two players with close ties to the Houston Astros organization could play a central role Monday night in Panama City when the 16th spot in the final stage of the World Baseball Classic is decided tonight. Panama, whose roster includes Carlos Lee, will host Brazil at 7 pm(Minute Maid Park time). Brazil's roster includes right-handed reliever Murilo Gouvea, who spent 2011 and 2012 pitching for the Lexington Legends and is still a part of the Astros' system. Video of the game will be available at the WBC website.
Lee, who was with the Astros from 2007-2012, is 2 for 13 during three games of the qualifying tournament. One of his hits was a two-run home run.
Gouvea, 24, has been with the Astros' organization since the 2010 season. He retired the first 10 Panamanian batters he faced in relief Thursday night, when Brazil defeated Panama. Lee was 1 for 2 with a single against Gouvea during that game.
The winner of tonight's game advances to the final stage of the World Baseball Classic, which will be held March 2-19, 2013.