Carlos A. Nava | ESPN Digital Writer Mar 12, 2023 Read: 2 min.
PHOENIX — No one thought the game was close by only four runs after eight innings; much less that Britain would once be superior.
But so did the United States of America’s 6-2 victory this Saturday night in front of 39,650 people who bought tickets to make the debut of the president in the 2023 World Baseball Classic at Chase Field.
The game was indigestible from the second hitter turned during the multi-judgment victory of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, the Americans’ starter, hits a home run with Trayce Thompson from about 413 feet to center field.
Thompson, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, also doubled him in the third inning, when the Angels still led 1-0, and the American bats appeared in a timely manner against Van Worley, who did not provide a major league hitter. since 2017
So, Great Britain, with a team made up mostly of players from the Minor Leagues, independent leagues or players who at some point went through the Major League Baseball, put in overtime work and put pressure on the champion, who was also local and fulfilled. of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The United States remained in the lead until the bottom of the third inning, when Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado doubled to drive in Jaden Rudd and St. Louis teammate Paul Goldschmidt.
An inning later, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber homered with Mike Trout and Goldschmidt on the board.
In the sixth, Arenado drove in his third run of the day with another double and Goldschmidt’s third run.
American players suffered almost amateurs against the players. Future Hall of Famer Wainwright allowed five of Great Britain’s eight hits, including a home run, a triple and a double. Kyle Freeland of the Colorado Rockies was fined with another two hits, and his teammate Daniel Bard with one.
Jason Adam of the Tampa Bay Sun Rays was shutout, allowing a no-hitter, among the four pitchers used by manager Mark DeRosa.
Arenado had three of the nine hits for United. Schwarber, Trey Turner, Kyle Tucker and JT Realmuto each had one hit.
The United States of America will meet the Mexican team, which lost to Colombia in its presentation in this World Classic, in the main game on Sunday, starting at 10 pm Eastern time.