For the first time in the tournament’s relatively short history, the United States are champions of the World Baseball Classic. The U.S. made it look almost easy against a talented Puerto Rican team, in no small part thanks to the brilliant performance of starting pitcher Marcus Stroman. The Toronto Blue Jays righty took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before finally giving up a hit to Angel Pagan. At that point the U.S. was already up 7-0 though, thanks to clutch hitting from almost the entire batting order.

Ian Kinsler opened the scoring in the third with a two-run homer, and Christian Yelich, Andrew McCutchen, Brandon Crawford, and Giancarlo Stanton all chipped in RBIs. The final score was 8-0 and Stroman was named the tournament MVP.

Stroman was named tournmanent MVPThe World Baseball Classic only comes around every four years, and this is the first time the United States have won it. It’s also the first time that the baseball community seems to have really embraced it. Frankly, we’re already looking forward to the next one in 2021.