Mike Trout’s Clutch Hitting Wows Twitter as USA Advances in WBC with Win vs. Colombia

Erin WalshMarch 16, 2023

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 15:  Mike Trout #27 of Team USA reacts to hitting a triple in the first inning during Game 10 of Pool C between Team USA and Team Colombia at Chase Field on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Daniel Shirey/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The United States is moving on at the 2023 World Baseball Classic after defeating Colombia 3-2 on Wednesday night in Pool C action at Chase Field in Arizona.

The Americans entered Wednesday’s contest second in Pool C with a 2-1 record. Mexico, which went 3-1 in pool play, including an 11-5 win over the U.S., had already clinched the pool and a berth in the quarterfinals.

The United States was powered by none other than Mike Trout in Wednesday’s win. The Los Angeles Angels slugger posted three hits in four at-bats, driving in all of the Stars and Stripes’ three runs.

Trout knocked in the first run of the game on a ground ball to center field in the top of the third inning, which scored Mookie Betts from second base.

B/R Walk-Off @BRWalkoff

Captain Trout coming through 🫡


Colombia briefly took the lead with a two-run bottom of the third, but Trout helped the Americans get back on top for good with a line drive single to left field in the top of the fifth inning, driving in Betts and Will Smith.

B/R Walk-Off @BRWalkoff

Mike Trout puts USA back on top 🇺🇸


This type of performance is typical of Trout, but his clutch hitting never fails to amaze baseball Twitter, which praised him for helping the United States advance:

Jon Weisman @jonweisman

For those of us just tuning in, Mike Trout is having a night?

Daniel Tedford @dgtedford

Mike Trout putting team USA on his back!

Jon Alba @JonAlba

Mike Trout rules

Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

Mike Trout tonight: 3-for-3. Triple. 3 RBI.

The game American baseball fans have dreamed about since Trout signed on to play for @USABaseball. @MLBNetwork

Nick Parco @nick_parco

Would be sick if Mike Trout played on an MLB team that put him in position to get at-bats in big moments

Hannah Keyser @HannahRKeyser

who knew “mike trout does it all himself” was an option??

(not angels fans)

Kelsey Wingert-Linch @KelsWingert

Mike Trout has knocked in all three runs for Team USA tonight. He’s so good, man.

Jake Reiner @Reiner_Jake

Mike Trout has been unleashed #ForGlory

ByMattMartell @ByMattMartell

Mike Trout is special, man.

Koki Riley @KokiRiley

It’s fun getting to root for Mike Trout

Alex Barth @RealAlexBarth

Mike Trout coming up big in the most important game of his life!

Trent Rush @TrentRushSports

So it’s not just the Angels that Trout has to carry.

Michael Baumann @MichaelBaumann

A little disappointed we didn’t see tiebreaker gamesmanship chaos, but Team USA wins 3-2 and advances to the quarterfinal. Mike Trout had One of Those Games.

With the Dominican Republic having been eliminated in pool action on Wednesday with a loss to Puerto Rico, the United States has a chance to capitalize on what is now considered a wide-open field with the tournament favorites out.

As the Pool C runner-up, the United States will face Venezuela in the quarterfinal round on Friday at 7 p.m. ET on FS1.

Venezuela, which is led by Jose Altuve and Ronald Acuña Jr., will be a tough matchup for the Americans in the next round. The Venezuelans went 4-0 in Pool D action, defeating the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

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