The 2023 World Baseball Classic is coming to a close. The near month-long tournament that started earlier in March will wrap up on Tuesday, March 21 as the United States faces Japan for the championship. First pitch from LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida is set for 7 p.m. ET with the game airing on FS1.
2023 World Baseball Classic championship
The United States got off to a slow start as veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright struggled in the first inning. Cuba had bases loaded but was only able to muster up one run from the advantageous situation. The lineup came alive for Team USA as Trea Turner and Paul Goldschmidt both sent balls into the outfield seats. They didn’t give up the lead and advanced to the championship off a 14-2 win.
Japan will face Team USA in Tuesday’s finale following a dramatic 6-5 walkoff win in Miami. Japan was the favorite to win the tournament entering play, and matches up well with the U.S. if they are to advance.