Faced with potential elimination, Team USA on Sunday in Miami whipped Canada by a score of 8-0 and in doing so remained alive in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Canada, meantime, is now out of the tournament. Starter Danny Duffy was the story for the ...
Faced with potential elimination, Team USA on Sunday in Miami whipped Canada by a score of 8-0 and in doing so remained alive in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Canada, meantime, is now out of the tournament. Starter Danny Duffy was the story for the U.S. He worked four shutout innings, struck out seven without walking a batter, and spotted 44 of his 63 pitches for strikes. On the other side, Canada starter Ryan Dempster didnâ€™t make it out of the first inning. Nolan Arenado homered and drove in three for the Americans.Â And now for some things to know about this one â€¦ 1. The U.S. is moving on.Thanks to their heartbreaking loss to the Dominican Republic on Saturday, the U.S. entered Sundayâ€™s game against Canada needing a win in order to advance while avoiding any tiebreaker scenarios. They did just that. As a result theyâ€™ll move on to the second round and be a part of Pool D at Petco Park in San Diego, which gets underway on Tuesday. The U.S.â€™s first game will be on Wednesday. Other Pool D combatants include the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Venezuela is likely to be the fourth team, but we wonâ€™t know that until the conclusion of the late game on Sunday. The top two teams from Pool D will advance to the semifinals in Dodger Stadium. 2. The U.S. once again got strong starting pitching.Against Colombia on Friday, starter Chris Archer gave the Americans four scoreless frames. Marcus Stroman contributed 4 2/3 shutout innings against the powerful Dominican Republic lineup on Saturday, and then on Sunday Danny Duffy blanked Canada for four innings. So thatâ€™s a combined 12 2/3 scoreless innings from the U.S. starting pitchers, and over that span theyâ€™ve struck out 14 batters without issuing a walk. Thatâ€™s dominance. 3. Christian Yelich continues to rake.The Marlinsâ€™ outfielder once again delivered at the plate for Team USA. Yelich entered Sundayâ€™s game against Canada with a batting line of .600/.667/1.000 through the first two games of the tournament. Then he went 2-for-4 against the Canadians with a pair of runs scored. Yelich is rightly regarded as one of the top young talents in all of baseball, and thus far in the 2017 WBC heâ€™s reminded us of that. 4. The U.S. has always made it out of the first round.In the inaugural 2006 WBC, the Team USA made it to the second round before losses to South Korea and Mexico sent them home. In the 2009 WBC, the U.S. made the semifinals before falling to eventual champion Japan. In the 2013 WBC, the U.S. bowed out in the second round thanks to losses to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. So while Team USA has generally disappointed in WBC play, at least they havenâ€™t been eliminated in the opening round. This time around, their goal of winning the WBC for the first time is still alive.
Aside: The win over Canada gives the U.S. a 12-11 record all-time in WBC play. 5. Canada has never made it out of the first round.Canadaâ€™s been a part of all four WBCs to date, and they still havenâ€™t made it to the second round. Overall, theyâ€™re now 3-8 in WBC play. Back in the 2006, the first of these tournaments, Canada went 2-1 in opening-round pool play, but they lost tiebreakers to Mexico and the U.S., who also went 2-1.Â See below for our running live blog of all the action.
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