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WBC 2017 Roundup 3/22: U.S.A. wins it all

In an anticlimactic ending, the U.S. takes the WBC championship.

World Baseball Classic - Championship Round - Game 3 - United States v Puerto Rico Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

United States 8, Puerto Rico 0

United States

Ian Kinsler: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Christian Yelich: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K

Andrew McCutchen: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

Marcus Stroman (W): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Puerto Rico

Angel Pagan: 2-4, 1 2B

Yadier Molina: 1-3

Seth Lugo (L): 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 7 K

It was an anticlimactic ending to what was a phenomenal tournament, but Team U.S.A. was able to take home their first every WBC title. They were able to do so despite many of their best available players sitting out voluntarily and Paul Goldschmidt sitting out because he apparently did something horrible to Jim Leyland in a past life. Wednesday’s win was an all-around drubbing of an incredibly talented Puerto Rico team. Marcus Stroman was phenomenal to start, every spot in the lineup contributed and the bullpen finished things out strong. Prior to the start of the tournament, there were mixed feelings about the WBC, to say the least. After seeing it unfold, though, I can’t imagine there are many who would say they didn’t enjoy the last few weeks. Perhaps you still don’t believe it’s worth the injury risk, but it’s tough to top the passion and the fun we witnessed in this.