World Baseball Classic

World Baseball Classic

Nina Zanghi

For the first time in ever, the United States advanced to the finals of World Baseball Classic, since the tournament was created in 2006.

To make it to the finals, team USA had to beat Japan, and they succeed by beating them 2-1.  It was an exciting game, with the game tied in the 4th inning, with the tiebreaker scored by USA team member, Andrew McCutchen. After Christian Yelich had already made it on base on a fielding error and a walk from teammate Eric Hosmer.

Later on in the 6th inning, Japan would come back with a single home run by Ryosuke Kikuchi. Finally the USA took the lead for good in the 8th when Brandon Crawford singled and Ian Kinsler doubled, leaving runners on 2nd and 3rd and the another run was scored by Adam Jones by a ground out. As the USA clinched the finals spot against Puerto Rico, Japan has to settle for 3rd place.

Although they already won the first two World Baseball Classics ever. The finals game will take place on Wednesday, March 22, against Puerto Rico who had to beat the Dominican Republic, who had earlier had won the whole tournament in 2013 beating Puerto Rico, making this a big upset for them.

The match will also be pretty exciting for the multiple Cleveland Indians playing against each other, for team USA, Andrew Miller will be playing, while Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez will be playing for Puerto Rico.

This will be a fun game, and hopefully the USA will win their first title.