United States of America vs. Puerto Rico final score
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 13:58
The U.S team celebrates an 8-0 win over Puerto Rico in the final of the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
The last out of the three-hour, 30-minute contest came when Puerto Rico's Carlos Correa grounded out to third base, touching off a wild celebration for the Americans on the field followed by a victory lap on the warning track.
Puerto Rico starter Seth Lugo was matching Marcus Stroman zero-for-zero through the first two innings, but the US broke out for a pair of runs when Ian Kinsler deposited a two-run home run just beyond the fence in left-center at Dodger Stadium.
It took four tournaments, but Team USA finally reigns in the sport long called its national pastime.
Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States, had not been beaten in the tournament until the final, but they proved no match for a red-hot Stroman.
One of the best things about the WBC is getting to see all the different baseball cultures.
Stroman, who struck out three, had his no-hitter snapped in the seventh when Angel Pagan led off with an opposite field double, and the right-hander exited to a standing ovation from a crowd exceeding 51,000.
Marcus Stroman was the star of the show, tossing six no-hit innings against a previously undefeated Puerto Rico squad before being lifted following a leadoff double.
With this year's WBC garnering record numbers in viewership and attendance, it's likely that the buzz surrounding Team USA will continue to grow as the Americans look to defend their title in the 2021 tournament.
That sense of disrespect that added fuel to the United States' victory in the World Baseball Classic championship game Wednesday might have been misplaced.
The Americans made it 4-0 in the fifth on RBI singles by Christian Yelich and Andrew McCutchen.
Opinionated Ian Kinsler got the US on the board with a two-run home run in the top of the third inning. People were upset because Player X, Y or Z wasn't there, and we still won. It's ironic that the team that struggled to put runs up on the board throughout the tournament put up 8 runs in the Championship winning game.
"I love pitching in these moments", Stroman said.
The U.S. tacked on another run on Giancarlo Stanton's RBI single off Hiram Burgos past diving shortstop Francisco Lindor. The players - they battled.
The U.S. started Toronto Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman, 25, on the mound in his third game of the WBC. "They outplayed us. They outscored us".
"He has to apologize to the Puerto Rican people", the Cardinals catcher said.