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Although it began losing, the United States team made its debut in the best way in the World Baseball Classic by defeating its counterpart from Great Britain 6-2 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The set of stars and stripes was listed as a clear favorite for this match and after surpassing it by far, now awaits the ninth Mexican with whom they will meet on this same stage on Sunday, March 12.
The visitors wanted to surprise and already in the second inning the figure of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Trayce Thompson, gave a long-range shot to the starter Adam Wainwright.
The excitement would quickly fade after Nolan Arenado hit a double that drove in Paul Goldschmidt in the third inning. With the game tied at one run, Kyle Tucker had a hit that led Arenado to unlock the score.
In the bottom of the fourth, Kyle Schwarber hit a long 428-foot home run with two on to drive in Mike Trout and again Arenado. Team USA went on to win the game by a score of 5-1.
The match stagnated until the bottom of the seventh when the Americans once again woke up their offensive battery and with a double Goldschmidt stepped on home plate to give the sixth and final run.
Great Britain’s discount would be in the same inning thanks to D’Shawn Knowles. The United States begins its journey in the tournament on the right foot and this Sunday they will face the Mexican team, which was defeated 5-4 in 10 episodes against Colombia.
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