With the game on the line, Scott Richmond came through in the clutch at the Pan Am Games in Mexico.
The pitcher came on to pitch in relief in the bottom of the seventh inning with two out and runners on the corner against the United States.
But Richmond induced a fly-out to right-field to get out of the jam and then was perfect the rest of the way, including a strikeout to end the game, as Canada edged the U.S. 2-1 for the gold medal in baseball on Tuesday (Oct. 25).
The medal was the first gold won at a major international baseball event at the senior level by a Canadian team.
“To be going at this for so long and finally accomplish our goal is something truly special,” said Canadian manager Ernie Whitt.
Richmond pitched for the Las Vegas 51s, the AAA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, this past season.