For baseball fans, there was nothing real this kind of drama this early spring. And now there is only one game left.
The defending champion team from the United States takes on two-time winners Japan tonight in Miami for the 2023 World Baseball Classic title.
It is a match between two strong teams. Team USA upset Cuba 14-2 in the semi-finals on Sunday, while undefeated Japan claimed a dramatic 6-5 victory over Mexico on Monday night.
A frenzied, frenzied crowd will be there, hoping to see another classic game as Diamondbacks right fielder Merrill Kelly takes the mound for the US and surprise starter Shota Imanaga gets the ball for Japan.
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Japan leads 2-1 on an RBI groundout
He removed American starter Merrill Kelly in the second inning after loading the bases with one out. Lefty Aaron Loup stepped out of the bullpen for the Americans and got Lars Nootbar to ground out, which lead to Japan’s lead.
Loeb, playing for the Angels, retired the next batter to escape further trouble.
Japan leads 2-1 after two rounds.
Munetaka Murakami tied it 1-1
Leading in the bottom of the second inning, Japan’s Munetaka Murakami smashed a solo home run to American star Meryl Kelly, tying the game at 1-1 after Trea Turner opened the game’s single in the first inning.
Murakami Playing hero in the semi-final against Mexico, he was a smash hit Monday Night. The 23-year-old hitter hits 56 times at Yakult Stadium in 2022, batting . 318 with 132 RBI and a 1.168 OPS.
The USA took a 1-0 lead on Trea Turner’s home field
Team USA took a 1–0 lead with Trea Turner’s solo homer in the second inning, the fifth home run of the tournament, tying the baseball classic world record.
The attack comes home from Japan starter Shota Imanaga after Turner scored twice in the semi-final against Cuba, a Moving on to a Grand Slam in the quarter-finals against Venezuela and another in the group stage against Canada.
Turner signed an 11-year, $300 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies this winter.
Japan runs around the first half in the first half of trout
Mike Trott converted the blunder into a solo double in the top of the first inning, but Japan star Shota Imanaga hit Paul Goldschmidt and got Nolan Arenado on the first down to end the half.
Left-handed Imanaga has a 3.01 ERA in 970.2 career innings pitched in Japan, including a 2.04 mark in 24 games played in 2022.
Trout, Otani lead the teams before the WBC Championship match
Angels teammates Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani led their teams onto the field at LoanDepot Park prior to the national anthem, with each star carrying their country’s flag on the foul lines.
The WBC’s final starting lineups
After the visitors in their last two games, shortstop Trea Turner moves into the USA squad. Other lineup changes include JT Realmuto starting at behind the plate, Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter and Cedric Mullins at left field.
USA player Merrill Kelly gave up two earned runs in three innings against Colombia in the group stage.
Will Shuhei Ohtani take the hill for Mike Trout & Co.?
Standing at the entrance of the Japanese club late Monday night, surrounded by a group of reporters, Shuhei Ohtani was asked what everyone in the baseball world wants to know:
Will he play Tuesday night against the USA in the final of the World Baseball Classic, even with Los Angeles Angels teammate Mike Trout?
Otani smiled, he was a bit shy, but revealed that if asked, If need be, he will actually play, and so will be the starting DH for Japan.
“Mentally, I’ll be ready for it,” Ohtani said, “but I’m obviously going to be DHing, so it’s going to be hard to find that time to get the heat in the workplace.”
Angels Manager Phil Nevin said Tuesday afternoon Ohtani was cleared in the first half of the match.
– Bob Nightingale
Team USA feels almost invincible
Returning to the World Baseball Classic final is where they thought they would end up all along.
Team USA laughed their way to a 14-2 win over Cuba on Sunday night, and Then I turned post-game into a comedy club routine.
Star player Adam Wainwright struggled in the opening inning, but St. Louis Cardinals teammate Paul Goldschmidt saved it with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first.
“He comes up after he runs home, and the first thing he does, he goes right to me and says, ‘We got you,'” Wainwright says.
“I mean, honestly, to me,” Goldschmidt said, “that was one of the best home runs I’ve ever had in my entire life.”
Trea Turner, who had not yet had a losing ninth in the starting lineup until this tournament, had already set a USA record with four home runs and 10 RBIs in the WBC.
“I kept saying every time he got deeper, ‘Who’s the idiot that hit him in the ninth? But that’s how this lineup was built,'” USA coach Mark DeRosa said.
– Bob Nightingale
Cuban bullpen catcher defects after the team lost in the WBC
Cuban catcher Ivan Prieto Gonzalez defected from Cuba after the national team lost to Team USA in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic in Miami.
The news was first reported by the Miami Herald. The newspaper said that the Cuban team was scheduled to leave Miami International Airport on Monday after losing the team on loan to Depot Park on Sunday night, but before the flight took off, Gonzalez was not on the plane and stayed in Miami.
González played eight seasons in the Cuban National Series, the largest professional baseball league in the country, with the Sabuesos de Holguín and Alazanes de Granma.
‘I hate seeing it’: Team USA player freaks out after Jose Altuve fractured his thumb on the court
Colorado Rockies closer to Daniel Bard after a difficult night’s sleep Sunday I woke up feeling bad.
Things got worse as the day went on.
Bard, a Team USA guard who suddenly lost control Saturday night, was the one whose errant fastball hit Houston Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve in a 9-7 win over Venezuela.
He hoped it was nothing more than a sprained or badly bruised thumb, but Altuve was diagnosed Sunday morning with a broken thumb. He will have surgery this week and will be out eight to ten weeks.
“I feel terrible,” Bard told USA TODAY Sports during the game before Sunday’s game against Cuba. “I was sinking into a hammock. I missed and inside. You just hate seeing it. I saw my reaction. ”
Cold winced the moment Fastball hit Altuve, lowered his head, and then prayed that it would be okay when he was on the floor in pain.
“You want to make some guys uncomfortable in the box,” Bard said, “but never to the point of hurting them.”
– Bob Nightingale
Who’s on Team USA’s roster?
Six years after winning the 2007 World Baseball Classic, Team USA puts it together The greatest collection of Major League Baseball stars to date.
Managed by Mark DeRosa, the 30-man roster includes MVP winners Mike Trott, Mookie Bates, Paul Goldschmidt (Clayton Kershaw had to drop out), and some of the game’s other top players like Nolan Arenado, Trea Turner, Tim Anderson and Pitt. Alonso.
“Student. Incurable problem solver. Amateur baconaholic. Introvert. Infuriatingly humble music fanatic.”