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WBC 2017 Roundup 3/21: U.S.A advances to the final

It’ll be Team U.S.A. versus Team Puerto Rico on Wednesday to decide it all.

World Baseball Classic - Championship Round - Game 2 - United States v Japan Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

United States 2, Japan 1

United States

Andrew Miller: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Eric Hosmer: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K

Adam Jones: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 CS

Ian Kinsler: 1-4, 1 2B

Sam Dyson (W): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Japan

Ryosuke Kikuchi: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Nori Aoki: 0-2, 2 BB

Seiji Kobayashi: 1-2, 1 K

Kodai Senga (L): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K

The WBC has almost come to a close, and despite some less than ideal performances Team U.S.A. has hung tight when it counts and is going to be playing in the final. To get there, they defeated a tough Japan team that has run through the rest of this tournament without suffering a loss. This was a close game throughout, and the tension never left. In the end, it was a pitching duel and Team U.S.A.’s bullpen proved too tough for Team Japan’s lineup. The final will be on Wednesday night in Los Angeles and will pit this U.S.A. team against Puerto Rico. Seth Lugo will take the mound for Puerto Rico and Marcus Stroman will throw for U.S.A.