Marcus Stroman tossed six hitless innings, former Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler slugged a two-run homer and the U.S. routed Puerto Rico 8-0 on Wednesday night to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries. Stroman won the tournament MVP.
“It was amazing,’’ USA catcher Jonathan Lucroy of the Texas Rangers said. “That’s why we celebrated like we did, just like we won a postseason game. It was an amazing feeling. You’re not representing an individual team, but an entire country.I can’t see anyone turning this down again, not after seeing what we did. I think we’ve changed how everyone will look at the WBC.
“We were a part of history.’’