(Via Logan Bowles/USA Today Sports)
After beating Japan to advance to the Championship game, Adam Jones said USA had unfinished business.
Against Puerto Rico, entering this game undefeated in this tournament, they finished that business. Marcus Stroman was on the hill for the Americans, and you couldn't ask for a better performance. He avenged his previous struggles against Puerto Rico by throwing 6+ innings of one hit, shutout ball en route to winning the WBC Tournament MVP.
On the offensive side, Ian Kinsler began the scoring in the third, tagging Seth Lugo for a 2-run homer. Christian Yelich and Andrew McCutchen each drove in a run in the fifth, and Brandon Crawford and Giancarlo Stanton added their own RBIs in the 7th. McCutchen added another RBI in the 8th, the last USA score.
To say Puerto Rican pitching struggled in this game was an understatement. They used 7 pitchers, and combined for 13 hits and 8 runs, all earned, allowed. Despite also getting a combined 13 strikeouts, they also allowed 7 walks.
Every American batter (except Adam Jones) recorded at least 1 hit. This also closes the door on Jim Leyland's managerial career, and he fittingly goes out as a World Champion.
God Bless America.