The 2023 World Baseball Classic is underway, and there have already been some exciting matchups and surprising results. In the latest round of games, Japan moved on to the next round, while Team USA won their opening game.
Japan, a perennial powerhouse in international baseball, had a dominant showing in the first round. They won all three of their games, defeating South Africa, Canada, and Colombia. Their performance secured them a spot in the next round of the tournament, where they’ll face tougher competition from teams like the United States and the Dominican Republic.
Team USA, on the other hand, got off to a slower start. In their first game against the Dominican Republic, they found themselves down 3-0 early. However, they rallied back to tie the game in the fifth inning, and eventually took the lead in the seventh. They held on to win by a score of 6-4, thanks to strong performances from players like Mike Trout and Justin Verlander.
The win was a relief for Team USA, who have struggled in past WBC tournaments. They failed to advance past the second round in both 2013 and 2017, and will be determined to make it further this time around.
Other notable results from the first round of the tournament include Mexico’s upset victory over Venezuela, and Australia’s strong showing against Taiwan. Mexico’s win came thanks to a dominant pitching performance from Jaime Garcia, who held the Venezuelan lineup to just one run in six innings of work. Australia, meanwhile, nearly pulled off a shock upset against Taiwan, but ultimately fell short in a 4-3 loss.
As the tournament moves on to the next round, fans can expect even more exciting matchups and surprising results. Japan and the United States will be two of the teams to watch, as they both look to make deep runs in the tournament. But with talented squads like the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico also in the mix, anything can happen in the World Baseball Classic. Stay tuned for more updates on scores, results, and WBC standings as the tournament progresses.