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Roki Sasaki worked a one-two-three first inning for Japan with the first out coming on a 102 mph heater.
Pitching on display
Patrick Sandoval struck out the side en route to a one-two-three first inning for Mexico.
No harm done
Mexico had runners on first and second with one out in the top of the second, but Sasaki was able to induce a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.
Mexico strikes first
Luis Urias cranks a three-run home run to give Mexico a 3-0 lead over Japan
Luis Urias cranked a three-run home run to give Mexico a 3-0 lead over Japan in the World Baseball Classic.
Sandoval is dealing
With runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Sandoval froze Munetaka Murakami for strike three to get out of the inning.
What a moment!
Mexico’s Randy Arozarena robs Japan of a home run in the fifth inning
Mexico’s Randy Arozarena robbed Japan of a home run in the fifth inning during the World Baseball Classic.
Arozarena saves Mexico (again)
Shortly after Sandoval was removed from the game, Japan had the bases loaded with two outs. Kensuke Kondoh then roped Jose Urquidy‘s offering to left-center field, but Arozarena was able to track it down to get Mexico out of the fifth unscathed.
Mexico gets out of ANOTHER jam
Japan had scoring opportunities all night but was unable to capitalize throughout the first two-thirds of the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Japan left the bases loaded for a second consecutive inning.
With two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, Masataka Yoshida blasted a three-run homer to right for Japan. The long ball evened up the score at three apiece.
Japan’s Masataka Yoshida launches a three-run home run to even the score against Mexico, 3-3
Japan’s Masataka Yoshida launched a three-run home run to tie the game against Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
Back in front
Arozarena doubled to right in the top of the eighth, and then Alex Verdugo regained the lead for Mexico with an RBI double to left-center field.
Mexico extends lead
Paredes came through with an RBI single in the eighth to give Mexico a two-run lead, although Joey Meneses was thrown out at the plate to end the big inning.
Alex Verdugo, Isaac Paredes smack key RBIs to help Mexico grab a 5-3 lead over Japan
Alex Verdugo’s RBI double and Isaac Paredes’ RBI single helped Mexico grab a 5-3 lead over Japan in the eighth inning of the World Baseball Classic.
Japan gets one back
With runners on first and second and nobody out in the bottom of the eighth, Sosuke Genda bunted runners over to second and third for Japan. Hotaka Yamakawa then hit a sacrifice fly to left, pulling Japan to within one run.
JAPAN WALKS IT OFF
Shohei Ohtani led off the bottom of the ninth with a double to center field. Yoshida followed with a walk, and then Murakami lined a double off the left-center field wall, driving in the game-tying and winning runs for Japan.
Japan advances to the WBC Championship thanks to Munetaka Murakami’s walk-off double against Mexico
Japan advanced to the WBC Championship over Mexico thanks to Munetaka Murakami’s walk-off double!
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