The U.S. baseball team, which is competing in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) with a super luxurious entry, suffered a shocking defeat ahead of the final game.
The U.S. national team lost 1-5 in a practice game against the San Francisco Giants held at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona on the 9th (Korean time).
Mookie Betts (right fielder) – Mike Trout (center fielder) – Kyle Schwaber (designated hitter) – Paul Goldschmidt (1st baseman) – Nolan Arenado (3rd baseman) – Kyle Tucker (left fielder) – Trey Turner (shortstop) )-JT Real Muto (catcher)-Jeff McNeil (second baseman) started the game with the lineup.
Even the starting batting order is staggering. First of all, there are only three league MVPs. Leading by Trout, who won the American League MVP three times (2014, 2016, 2019), Betts (2018 American League) and Goldschmidt (2022 National League) also rose to the top of the list.
Here, the total number of times he was selected as an All-Star from 1 to 9 is a whopping 40 times. Trout is the most with 10 times, and batters 7 to 9 are also selected at least twice. That’s why it’s packed with a dense lineup.
However, the luxury liners that the U.S. is proud of did not catch fire. In the beginning of the first inning, Betts walked and Trout had a chance to run first and second base safely, but the next three batters all withdrew to the bottom of the inning. Even in the beginning of the 3rd inning, even after making 2nd, 1st and 3rd bases, they failed to score.
Rather, San Francisco became the main character of the first place. San Francisco, who had a chance to run second and third base safely against American starter Miles Micholas, scored two points with Joc Pederson’s ground ball from first base and Wilmer Flores’ sacrifice fly. At the end of the third inning, Pederson ran away with a timely hit to the left.스포츠토토
In the top of the 6th inning, Goldschmidt’s superior solo home run finally ended the U.S. streak of zero. However, San Francisco immediately responded with David Villa’s one-run homer in the bottom of the 6th inning, and ran away with Luis Matos’ timely double in the next inning.
On this day, the American batting line struggled with only 4 hits. At least, it was comforting that Betts, who was No. 1, succeeded in reaching 3 bases, including 2 walks.
In the past, the United States did not put much effort into the WBC, even though it was the ‘baseball suzerain’. However, as the participation of star players gradually increased, they won the championship by defeating Puerto Rico in the 2017 tournament.
In this tournament, which was held for the first time in six years, Trout, the top star who had not joined the national team, confirmed his participation. Betts, Goldschmidt, and Arenado also joined the roster. Although he dropped out due to the opposition of his team, ‘Living Legend’ Clayton Kershaw was also included in the entry.
However, before the finals, he was defeated by a major league team and received a ‘vaccination’. The United States will have its first Group C match against Great Britain at 11:00 am on the 12th. Coincidentally, the two countries also faced each other in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which ended in a 0-0 draw.