Kills Puerto Rico In Final Showdown

They had an all-star lineup which included a couple Pittsburgh Pirates in Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.

If there's one thing Puerto Rico can hang their caps on - besides causing a hair-dye shortage - it's that they had an impressive tournament. They had not lost a game this tournament, and they seemed to have hot bats and arms all heading into the finals.

Lugo, however, was Puerto Rico's starting pitcher, and the 6-foot-4 right-hander definitely came up small allowing four runs on five hits over four-plus innings.

From that point on, there weren't many huge highlight plays - just ruthless efficiency from Team USA. They were no hit into the sixth inning against Jose Quintana and Team Colombia.

Although they only took home a silver medal, Molina implied that award means more to the people of Puerto Rico than the gold means means to the U.S.

In the insular world of American baseball, the global appeal of the WBC still was a tough sell to teams and players understandably preoccupied with their paying jobs.

The World Baseball Classic kicked off earlier this month, showcasing the best and brightest baseball stars from 32 countries around the world (16 being qualifiers). He did, and they got him to the end of the game. The last few years they've been better with [Carlos] Correa, [Francisco] Lindor, and others.

Team USA had never before made the WBC final, only getting as far as the semifinals in 2009. It certainly seems that the WBC title was decided when Stroman chose to pitch for Team USA.

The most public comments came from Adam Jones, who spoke from the victory podium and said, on worldwide TV, that the Americans didn't take kindly to the Puerto Ricans' confidence.

In the 7th, team United States of America put the game away. Puerto Rico, in contrast, has just 50 major leaguers.

Yadier Molina says Adam Jones made some uneducated comments about his opponent after the World Baseball Classic championship game, and the Puerto Rican team captain is demanding that Jones apologize for it.

Crawford was 10-for-26 (.385) with three doubles and six RBIs in eight WBC games. Coaches got a chance to coach for our country. The Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder got the start in right field for the Americans.

It marked the USA's first appearance in the tournament finals and the third country to win in the tournament's four editions. Puerto Rico had a young, power arm in Jose Berrios on the mound. He did so well in the innings he pitched only three groundballs made it in the infield. He earned himself a walk on the fourth offering. The U.S. put together a long rally in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs on three hits, two walks, and a hit batter.

  • Julie Sanders