United States puts away Canada early, advances to second round

  • Tue Mar 14th, 2017 12:35am
  • Sports

MIAMI — Team USA didn’t want to worry about tiebreaker scenarios Sunday night.

And it wanted to put the memory of their disappointing loss to the Dominican Republic in the rear-view mirror.

The United States took care of both quickly by burying Canada with seven runs in the first two innings as it cruised to an 8-0 victory in their final opening round game of the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Marlins Park.

A crowd of 22,303 watched the U.S. keep its streak alive of advancing to at least the second round of the WBC, as it clinched the runner-up spot in Pool C behind the Dominican Republic, which advanced earlier in the day with an extra-inning win over Colombia.

Dominican Republic third baseman and Brito Miami alum Manny Machado earned MVP honors for the Pool C bracket.

Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich started for the second consecutive game and went 2 for 5 with two runs scored. In three opening round games, Yelich went 5 for 10 with three doubles, an RBI and scored the winning run in the United States’ extra-inning win over Colombia on Friday night.

Giancarlo Stanton went 1 for 9 with a double in the three games.

The six WBC games drew 163,878 fans overall to Marlins Park, including a pair of sellouts. The Dominican Republic’s win over the United States on Saturday broke the ballpark’s record for baseball game attendance with a crowd of 37,446.

Nolan Arenado delivered the big blow in the second inning when he hit a three-run home run off Andrew Albers that landed just west of the home run sculpture. Buster Posey hit a solo homer almost in the same spot in the seventh and had three RBIs.

Former Marlin Ryan Dempster exited in the first inning after only 24 pitches. Dempster, who came out of retirement to pitch for Canada after not pitching in the majors since 2013, walked three and gave up three runs after recording only one out.

Dempster gave up seven runs on nine hits and one strikeout in 2 1/3 innings.

The U.S. begins the next round of pool play Tuesday at Petco Park in San Diego.

They will get another chance to face the Dominicans in a loaded four-team group which will also include 2013 WBC runner-up Puerto Rico and either Venezuela, Italy or Mexico.