Gonzalez relief effort leads The Bar to ISC World Tournament victory

Written by Bob on August 15th, 2016
Mariners' Jon Gwizdala pitched well, allowing just four hits in eight innings, but he took a hard-fought, 5-2, loss to The Bar on The Avenue, Sunday, in the 2016 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

Mariners’ Jon Gwizdala pitched well, allowing just four hits in eight innings, but he took a hard-fought, 5-2, loss to The Bar on The Avenue, Sunday, in the 2016 ISC World Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

MOLINE, IL – Martin Gonzalez pitched six innings of shutout relief, and the offense scored three times in the eighth inning to give The Bar On The Avenue of Appleton, WI a 5-2 victory over the Mariners of Eaton Rapids, MI in the ISC World Tournament, Sunday.

Gonzalez relieved Kevin Kammueller in the third inning after the Mariners had taken a 2-1 lead, and over the final six innings Gonzalez was nearly unhittable, allowing only two hits with 13 strikeouts.

The game settled into a pitchers duel with the Mariners Jon Gwizdala holding the Bar to a pair of runs (one earned) through seven. The Mariners held a 2-1 lead heading into the sixth, but the Bar’s Jared Johnson’s run-scoring single sent the game into extra innings.

The Bar put the game away in the eighth with a three-run outburst, fueled by four walks and a pair of hits by Doug Kroening and Johnson.

With the lead, Gonzalez finished the game with a ground ball and two strikeouts to even The Bar’s record at 1-1, and moving them into Monday’s round against Cutro Professional Inspections (1-1) at 4 p.m.

Gonzalez of Parana, Argentina allowed just the two hits, no walks with 13 strikeouts to even his record at 1-1. In 10 1/3 innings, he has allowed six hits, walked four, while striking out 19 with a 1.35 ERA.

Gwizdala (1-1) went the entire eight innings for the Mariners, allowing four earned runs on four hits with seven walks and 10 strikeouts.

The Bar’s Johnson went 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Kroening and Collin Seubert had one hit each.

The Mariners had six hits with Devin Milheim leading the way at 2-for-3, and Trent Pell, Dylan Cuddahee, Bill Kunkel and Zach Lach had one hit each.

With an 0-2 record, the Mariners now move into the ISC II tournament, Aug. 15-18 at Green Valley Sports Complex.

**For World Tournament Scores and More, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard

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