Japan Wins Second Straight WBC

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

The World Baseball Classic belongs to Japan.

Again.

Seattle Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-out, two-run
single in the top of the 10th, and Japan beat reigning Olympic
champion South Korea 5-3 Monday night to win its second straight
WBC title before a boisterous crowd of 54,846 at Dodger Stadium.

The Japanese won the inaugural tournament three years ago,
beating Cuba 10-6 in the finals at Petco Park in San Diego.

South Korea had tied the game at 3 with two outs in the bottom
of the ninth on Lee Bum-ho's run-scoring single off Japanese closer
Yu Darvish (2-1), who got in trouble by issuing one-out walks to
Kim Hyun-soo and Kim Tae-kyun, the 3-4 hitters in the lineup.

Darvish struck out Choo Shin-soo before Lee lined a 1-1 pitch
into left field, with pinch runner Lee Jong-wook scoring easily
from second.


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