Stroman's gem helps U.S. claim its first World Baseball Classic

SAN DIEGO CA- MARCH 17 Fans in the stands during a World Baseball Classic game between team USA and team Puerto Rico played

Team USA has never made the final game.

Adam Jones on Tuesday delivered the game-winning RBI in the eighth inning as the U.S. toppled Japan 2-1 to reach their first World Baseball Classic (WBC) final, where they are to face undefeated Puerto Rico.

Stroman was brilliant through six innings, allowing no hits and facing just the minimum 18 batters.

No more. Behind a brilliant pitching performance by the Blue Jays Marcus Stroman, the United States won their first WBC title with a 8-0 win over Team Puerto Rico.

Goldschmidt played in five games during the World Baseball Classic, and he's gone just 1-for-13 with three strikeouts and two runs scored. The rest of the starting lineups will be announced closer to game time.

Puerto Rico, undefeated through seven games, piled up a WBC-high 55 runs on opponents heading in, including its 6-5 victory over the second-round pool play. In all, he gave up one hit, struck out three and walked one on 73 pitches.

Mike Aviles leads Puerto Rico with a.600 batting average, along with three runs batted in and one triple.

Much of the focus on this year's tournament, great as it has been, has been the perceived lack of interest in the USA. It was another subtle reminder of the complex loyalties at stake in the tournament.

A flight to Puerto Rico and a "caravan" and celebration already had been planned before the title game was played. His father, Earl, is also American.

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But before that bus left Greenville, the Tar Heels had to add more even more luggage-suitcases filled with all of the ACC's hopes. But when it was time to go and win the game they did so with lockdown defense, closing out the final three minutes on a 12-0 run.

Team USA and the Puerto Rican club both have rosters filled with former and current All-Stars.

His added motivation came partly after his Puerto Rican mother was harassed on social media over his decision to compete for the Americans.

Stroman, who entered the game with an 0-1 record and a 3.86 ERA in 9.1 innings of WBC play, was named tournament MVP.

Kinsler provided a minor source of controversy himself.

The Netherlands was set to face Puerto Rico on Monday night for the other spot in Wednesday's final. This should make this game flawless for the casual American fan.

Sugano learned he would start the semifinal while he was waiting at Narita Airport for the team's flight to the United States. All nine of its starters reached base and eight collected at least one hit. Lopez made his final start of the tournament and struggled a bit, throwing 2.2 innings and allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. The Americans blew the game open in the seventh with a two-run single by Brandon Crawford and an RBI hit by Giancarlo Stanton.

David Robertson closed the competition out in the ninth inning.

Team USA stretched the lead in the fifth inning, as Lugo seemed to run out of steam after four innings.



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