What we learned from the Women’s College World Series


By KEVIN STELTERESPN Staff WriterThe Women’s World Series is in the books and here are some takeaways from the tournament, including the best and worst moments of the day.1.

The Dodgers had the best batting line of the night.

The Los Angeles Dodgers led the American League with four hits, four RBIs and a walk, and the best start to a World Series by a team since the 1986 Chicago Cubs did it.

The Dodgers leadoff hitter, Yasiel Puig, is the only player to hit three or more homers in a World Baseball Classic game.

He had four on Wednesday night, including a solo shot in the fourth inning.

He has seven homers in his last 16 games and has three doubles in four career postseason games.2.

The Red Sox hit .500, the highest of any team in the tournament.

They scored five runs in the first inning and got a run back in the second.

The Sox, who have lost six of their last seven games, outscored their opponents 8-2 in the inning.

They also tied the Red Sox on the mound with seven strikeouts.

The win marked the first time in eight World Series that the two teams have met.3.

The Astros were in the top 10 for strikeouts per game in the American Leagues, tied for second in the majors behind only the Cleveland Indians.

Houston was also fifth in the league in average fastball velocity, fourth in walks per inning, sixth in home runs per inning and seventh in home run/walk ratio.4.

The Royals were among the best defensive teams in the World Series.

Kansas City allowed just four home runs in four games, tied with the New York Mets for fourth in the MLB.5.

The Orioles were one of the best hitting teams in baseball.

They had six hits, including two doubles, one triple and a homer in the game, the best season by a Baltimore hitter since 1988.

They were third in the AL in average slugging percentage and tied for first in slugging average by a defense.6.

The Cardinals and Astros were among teams with the best pitchers.

The St. Louis Cardinals (1-0) led the AL with a 1.66 ERA and had seven shutout innings in the sweep of the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

The Houston Astros (0-1) lost their opening series and have won just two of their past seven.7.

The Blue Jays were among baseball’s best defensive outfielders.

The Toronto Blue Jays led the majors in defensive WAR, and they had the fifth-best defensive outfield defense (tied with the Kansas City Royals) in the world.8.

The Giants had a very good performance.

They outscaled their opponents by a combined 6-0, including one run on a walk-off home run by Andrew McCutchen in the ninth inning.

The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Giants, who had won five of their previous six games.9.

The Twins were the worst hitting team in baseball and gave up seven runs in three games.

Minnesota is tied for ninth in the NL in offensive efficiency.10.

The White Sox had the second-best fielding defense in baseball, with the Los Angeles Angels fielding well enough to keep the Cardinals out of the game in extra innings.

The Angels allowed six hits in three innings and struck out 11 batters.

The first two runs came on walks to Brett Lawrie, Adam Eaton and Miguel Montero, and two home runs to Alex Rodriguez.

The third run came on an error by Pedro Martinez.11.

The Marlins were one hit away from being the best team in all of baseball.

After trailing 3-0 in the sixth inning, they rallied for a 3-1 victory in the eighth inning.11a.

Carlos Beltran went deep on Wednesday, giving the Dodgers a 6-1 lead.

Beltran, who hit two homers in the series, has four RBI in the postseason.

The two homers tied a season high.12.

The Braves lost to the Yankees in a game in which their offense was not as dominant as the Yankees offense was.

The Yankees scored five times in the seventh inning, and Atlanta went six innings without scoring a run.

The pitching battle was good, but the pitching was not good.

The offense went three hits short of a run in six innings, and it gave up a run on an RBI double by Michael Bourn.13.

The Cubs had their best start of the tournament by a starting pitcher.

They gave up just one run in seven innings.

In addition to Mike Montgomery, the Cubs went six consecutive innings without giving up an earned run.

They went 2-0 with a walk in the win.14.

The Mariners were among those teams that had an excellent bullpen.

The Seattle Mariners bullpen has allowed just one earned run in its last three games, which includes two starts.

They have given up seven earned runs in their last five outings.15.

The Tigers had