23 Mar United States Routs Puerto Rico To Clinch 2017 WBC Title
The United States defeated Puerto Rico 8-0 to win the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night. This is the United States first World Baseball classic win in the 4th World Baseball Classic. The United States was paced by a great outing from Toronto Blue Jays ace, Marcus Stroman. Stroman went 6 innings allowing 1 hit before turning it over to the US bullpen.
The United States bats came out swinging. They jumped out to an early lead after an Ian Kinsler two run homerun in the top of the third inning. That was all the offense Stroman would need. The United States would add to their lead in the top of the 5th on singles by Andrew McCutchen and Christian Yelich. The score would stay 4-0 until the 7th, when the United States would scored 3 more runs. The scoring was started with a Brandon Crawford two RBI single that scored Nolan Arenado and Eric Hosmer scored. The next batter was Giancarlo Stanton who would single home McCutchen from 3rd to make the score 7-0.
It was after this half inning that the United States was forced to pull Marcus Stroman as the wait of over half an hour seamed to throw him off his rhythm. He gave up a double to Angel Pagan, but the United States relievers were able to keep Puerto Rico off the board in this half of the inning.
The United States would add one more run in the top of the 8th inning on a single by Andrew McCutchen and a throwing error by Javier Baez. The United States had the bases loaded in this inning, but failed to score more than the one run and the score remained 8-0
The United States would go into the bottom of the 9th up 8-0. Luke Gregerson would come in to close the door out of the pen. The clinching out was made by Nolan Arenado who had struggled throughout the World Baseball Classic. Arenado came up with two hits tonight in the finale.
Marcus Stroman was named MVP of the tournament. Stroman was able to bounce back from the shaky outing versus Puerto Rico in San Diego where he was touched for 4 runs in the first inning after giving up 6 consecutive hits. The United States finish the tournament at 6-2 and Puerto Rico finishes the tournament at 7-1. Dodger Stadium was full and rocking from first pitch and the announced attendance was 51,565.