Murilo Gouvea and his Brazilian teammates advanced from Panama to the Final 16 of the World Baseball Classic, which will take place in March 2013. Team Brazil, managed by Barry Larkin, knocked off host Panama 1-0 Monday night. It was Brazil's second victory over Panama in five days.
Gouvea, who spent 2012 and most of 2011 with Lexington, shut down Panama's batters in relief for the second straight time.(Gouvea played for Tri-City in 2010 and 2011.) He allowed just one walk and two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings Monday night. In Thursday's victory over Panama, Gouvea retired the first 10 batters he faced and finished with 3 1/3 scoreless innings and three strikeouts. The two outings against Panama were Gouvea's only appearances in the tournament.