The World Baseball Classic Came Down To Shohei Ohtani Against Mike Trout

Shohei Ohtani pitches for team Japan

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Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout are two of the best players in Major League Baseball, and both play for the Los Angeles Angeles.. Somehow, the Angels are terrible despite these two stars.

But, the two teams they play for in the World Baseball Classic are really good. Japan and the USA met in Tuesday night’s finals, capping off a massively entertaining tournament. That is, unless you’re a Mets fan.

Phillies shortstop Trea Turner continued his red-hot hitting with a home run to put the USA up 1-0 early.

Japan answered right back, and didn’t even need Ohtani to do it. Munetaka Murakami hit a home run to tie it up at 1, and they went ahead on an RBI groundout later in the inning, 2-1.

Japan scored again to make it 3-1 on this home run.

Kyle Schwarber made it 3-2 with this blast in the 8th.

Japan went to Ohtani to close out the game, and after walking Jeff McNeil, he induced a ground ball double play off the bat of Mookie Betts. That brought Trout to the plate as the tying run, down to the USA’s last out.

This is worth watching.

But, if you can’t, Ohtani struck Trout out on two 100mph+ fastballs and a slider from hell, and Japan won, 3-2.

People were going nuts on Twitter about this match of arguably the two best players in baseball.

And, the Japanese phenom was named MVP.

Needless to say, it was a finish for the ages.