Team USA wins World Baseball Classic opener against Great Britain

Xavier Roger


The United States began its defense of the 2017 World Baseball Classic championship Saturday night, and got off to a good start in Group C play with a 6-2 win over Great Britain in the second of two WBC games at Chase Field.

Kyle Schwarber of the Philadelphia Phillies hit a three-run home run to right-center field in the bottom of the fourth inning for a 5-1 U.S. lead, and Team USA had at least one baserunner in every inning against an opponent with just two players on Major League Baseball rosters.

U.S. starting pitcher Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals allowed a run on five hits over four innings, striking out four. Great Britain led 1-0 in the top of the first inning on a Trayce Thompson solo home run, but couldn’t keep the lead.


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