The Americans finished 2-1 in pool play and rebounded after blowing a five-run lead Saturday and losing to the Dominican Republic 7-5. After the USA hammered Dempster and Andrew Albers, Canada's bullpen finally settled in and matched the American staff.
But for three games in Miami this weekend, Castillo was a workhorse behind the plate for the Dominican Republic, catching every single inning - 29 frames in four days - contributing with his bat and making two crucial late-inning defensive plays in the Dominican's pool-play finale against Colombia.
The U.S. fell to 1-1 and is in jeopardy of being eliminated in the first round.
The rout locked up a trip to San Diego and a date with the Pool D runner-up on Wednesday (9 p.m.) and capped a showcase of Marlins Park at its best for baseball.
The bullpen combined for five scoreless innings led by Tyler Clippard's two ideal innings. The seven run inning put the game well out of reach. Tyler Clippard retired all six batters he faced, striking out four.
The good news for Team USA - and yes, there was good news Saturday even after a blown 5-0 lead with 12 outs to go and 7-5 defeat - is that this was a singular moment for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
"The fans never give up, we never give up", Cruz said on his postgame TV spot. With three runs in the first inning and four more in the second, Canada was taken out of the game in a hurry. Nolan Arenado homered and drove in three for the Americans. Miller struck out Adrian Beltre on a slider, but gave up a first-pitch homer to Marte on a fastball.
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Nine of the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove winners are playing in the WBC including, Buster Posey (USA), Adrian Beltre (Dominican Republic), Brandon Crawford (USA), Salvador Perez (Venezuela), and Starling Marte (Dominican Republic) in addition to Lindor and Arenado.
To find out how to watch the Canada vs. USA World Baseball Classic Pool C finale, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Meanwhile, Italy and Venezuela will play on Monday for the right to join Puerto Rico in the next round. Puerto Rico notched an exciting win over Mexico.
"They have been unbelievable", he said. "Frightful organization for this event, no security for the players families, it's a shame Major League Baseball". It had the victorious Dominican players streaming out of their dugout, Miller cursing under his breath and a sellout crowd made up largely of Dominican fans creating an unholy noise that literally shook the stadium.
"In Little League, you get emotional when you hit one like that", Cruz said in Spanish.
Needless to say, the United States had no aspirations to stick around town another day, and take their chances against the most powerful lineup in the land.
"What happened it's very unfortunate, beyond who was to blame for it, it's something that can't happen".
"That was such an emotional game and hard-fought game", Hosmer said. "We knew coming into this four or five months ago, when I committed, what it was going to be, and we stuck to the plan". We can, after all, appreciate the diversity of this great game.