WBC Recap: United States victorious; Bring it back, please
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 17:55
The World Baseball Classic was the toast of social media as Team USA defeated Puerto Rico 8-0 and captured its first WBC crown Wednesday night.
US pitcher Marcus Stroman walks off the field at the end of the first inning in a second-round World Baseball Classic baseball game against Puerto Rico on Friday, March 17, 2017, in San Diego.
The United States had advanced to their first WBC title game with a 2-1 semi-finals victory over Japan, winners of the first two tournaments. Stroman, who was born in America to a Puerto Rican mother, put on one of the best performances of the tournament.
Kinsler drove in the first two runs of the game with a two-run homer in the third.
This is the second time that these two teams have met in the 2017 World Baseball Classic; previously Puerto Rico topped Team USA 6-5 in a thriller.
Leyland, who you probably know better as the former Detroit Tigers' manager, fought to hold back tears as he said, "I got a chance to manage for our country". Puerto Rico boosters pounded cowbells, tooted horns and blew whistles early on before their team fell behind 4-0. Jones heard that the Puerto Rican team already had a parade planned, which implied that the team thought they were going to win without even playing the game.
The U.S. tacked on another run on Giancarlo Stanton's RBI single off Hiram Burgos past diving shortstop Francisco Lindor.
This is the one everybody thought Team USA should have had a long time ago. In the third, Puerto Rico actually hit a couple balls in the air, but they didn't result in hits.
Accepting the gleaming silver trophy from baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, manager Leyland told the crowd, "This is for the men and women who serve our country".
Like players representing other nations, though, American stars said they felt something special wearing "USA" on their uniforms.
The U.S. pounded out 13 hits Wednesday and finished the tournament 6-2, making the final for the first time in front of 51,565 at Dodger Stadium.
Flipping your bat after a home run? Bad. "He's a big game pitcher, so I'm looking forward to hopefully facing him in the playoffs this year".
Let the four-year countdown begin.
The championship was Team USA's first and their first trip to the title game in the tournament's four iterations.
Stroman absolutely dominated the Puerto Rican's offense not even letting them bring energy into the game.
Pagan finally broke up Stroman's no-hit bid with a double to lead off the seventh and finally ended his night.