The United States Baseball team, on Thursday, took home its first ever trophy in the World Baseball Classic. The U.S. took on a tough Puerto Rico team in the final, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the 8-0 drumming the US cooked up.
It all started in the third with second baseman Ian Kinsler cracking a long ball over the wall for a two run homer. Things deteriorated from there with Christian Yelich singling in the fifth to bring in another run.
On defense the U.S. looked sharp too with Marcus Stroman throwing a no hitter up until the seventh inning, when Angel Pagan hit a single into left field. After that, Stroman exited the game to deafening applause.
In the following inning, Nolan Arenado was brought home on an Andrew McCutchen hit to put an exclamation point on the night ending in an 8-0 victory, and sealing the first US World Baseball Classic championship.
The World Baseball Classic is in its fourth iteration since beginning in 2006. The next is likely coming in 2021 despite baseball being an event at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Commissioner Rob Manfred said in an interview with USA Today.
With the US now being a world champion with a World Baseball Classic title under their belt, one would have to assume they’re now the favorites going into the Tokyo Olympics.