By zaid 22-3-23
Trea Turner looping the bases was a scene from the 2023 World Baseball Classic that we saw repeatedly.
Turner once more hit a home run for Team USA against Japan on Tuesday night in the WBC final.
He hit a home run in the second inning to tie the Classic record for most home runs in a single game. Seung Yuop Lee's five home runs for Korea in the inaugural 2006 WBC were matched by Turner.
Nonetheless, Team USA lost 3-2, and Japan won its third WBC championship while remaining unbeaten.
The home run also gave Turner 11 RBIs in this World Baseball Classic, which places him third all-time behind Masataka Yoshida of Japan's 13 RBIs this year and Wladimir Balentien of the Netherlands' 12 RBIs in 2017.
Even though Turner primarily batted at the bottom of the USA order, his power surge served as one of the team's biggest motivators. His most recent home run gave the United States a quick 1-0 lead over Japan.
In the quarterfinals against Venezuela, Turner's second home run of the WBC was a game-winning grand slam that helped his team overcome a 7-5 deficit and win 9-7.
He also hit two home runs in the USA's overwhelming 14-2 semifinal victory over Cuba. He also homered in the team's 12-1 victory over Canada in the third game of pool play.
At loanDepot park, Turner's first home run in that contest sailed 428 feet into the stands. Four innings later, he hit his second home run of the contest, scoring three runs and giving Team USA a commanding lead.
In the World Baseball Classic title game on Tuesday, Trea Turner extended his hot streak for Team USA by homering in the second inning to give the Americans a 1-0 lead over Japan.