Team USA Wins their First World Baseball Classic Title

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By Michael Marzzacco

Baseball is known as America’s national pastime and last night USA baseball made history by winning the World Baseball Classic championship for the first time in the WBC’s young 11-year history. The Americans blew out Puerto Rico 8-0. Puerto Rico made their second straight appearance in the championship game, falling to the Dominican Republic back in 2013. They had difficulty solving U.S. starter Marcus Stroman. Stroman went six innings striking out three and went on to win the WBC MVP.

The offense provided by USA was nothing short of beauty. Ian Kinsler got the party started with a home run over the center field wall in the third.

In the fifth, Christian Yelich singled into right field to score Kinsler.

Yelich would then come home on a single by Andrew McCutchen as shortstop Francisco Lindor couldn’t make the throw to first base in time.

In the seventh, USA added to their lead. With the bases loaded, Brandon Crawford singled on a line drive to center field to score Nolan Arenado and Eric Hosmer.

Giancarlo Stanton followed with a single into left field that scored McCutchen. In the eighth, McCutchen singled to second baseman Javier Baez. He made a throwing error to third base allowing Arenado to score. David Robertson closed out the game in the ninth. Carlos Correa grounded out to end the game.

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