USA! USA! USA!: United States Destroys Canada With 12-1 Slaughter Rule In World Baseball Classic

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Mike Trout blasted a three-run home run, Lance Lynn cut through the Canadians’ offense for five innings, and the United States ran away with a 12-1 victory over Canada Monday night after a nine-run explosion in the first inning.

Via the tournament’s 10-run mercy rule, the game was called after seven innings. The Americans are now 2-1 in the WBC, bouncing back from an 11-5 defeat to Mexico on Sunday.

During the first inning, the U.S. had a whopping 12 batters, who were led by Nolan Arenado’s two-run double to kick things off which eventually led to Trout’s bomb.

Lynn recorded the win for the States, only giving up one run on two hits, and also helping America save their bullpen for the last game of pool play against Columbia on Wednesday.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m happy our boys won and we once again control our own destiny (this after Great Britain upset Columbia), but who on earth thought it was a good idea to have United States games at 10:00 p.m. on the East Coast?

You would think they would allow all Americans to watch our World Baseball Classic team, but every game has been on late. The game against Great Britain was at 9:00 p.m. ET, which led to the Mexico game having a 10:00 p.m. ET starting time, and the Canada game was also late with a 10:00 p.m. ET first pitch. (RELATED: Umpire Suspended After Horrendously Bad Call In College Baseball Game)

I was personally excited for the World Baseball Classic and America’s title defense, but the fact that I’ve only been able to watch a handful of innings because, well, I have bills to pay, yeah, I’m a bit irritated.

What horrific scheduling.