World Baseball Classic 2017 U.S. reaches

  • It took 11 years but the United States is headed to the championship game of the World Baseball Cla sic. Cool Base Francisco Lindor White Jersey Team USA battled sheets of driving mist, a drenched outfield and an unbeatenJapan squad Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, buta familiar face came through in the clutch late in the pitching duel to get the U.S. to the finals for the first time.Adam Jones, who helped the U.S. advance to the semifinal with an incredible home run-saving catch against the Dominican Republic on Saturday, drove in the winning run in the eighth inning Francisco Lindor Cool Base Navy Jersey of a 1-1 game.Ian Kinsler hammered a double to left-center with one out, moving Brandon Crawford to third. Japan brought the infield in, but third basemanNobuhiro Matsuda was unable to cleanly field a grounder from Jones asCrawford scored to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead, one they would not relinquish."Unfinished busine s," Jones told MLB Network after the game. "Great game, I tip my capto both pitching staffs. They don't know us and we don't know them but that was a Carlos Carrasco Jersey great game on both sides."Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark delivered four shutout innings for Team USA, whose sevenhurlers allowed just fourhits to Japan.Luke Gregerson needed just sevenpitches for the save.Japan Andrew Miller Jersey second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi, whose error led to Team USA scoring the first run with a two outs in the fourth inning,got revenge with this game-tying solo homer to right field just over the outstretched glove ofAndrew McCutchen.Team Japan needed a jolt.Ryosuke Kikuchi gave it to them. #WBC2017 WBC Baseball (@WBCBaseball) March 22, 2017The United Joe Carter Jersey States will play Puerto Rico on Wednesday for theWorld Baseball Cla sic title.Mets pitcherSeth Lugo will start for Puerto Rico with Team USA likely turning to Blue Jays aceMarcus Stroman.