Puerto Rico vs. Japan: Score, Grades, Analysis for World Baseball Classic 2013

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Puerto Rico vs. Japan: Score, Grades, Analysis for World Baseball Classic 2013
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In the first of two semifinal games at the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Puerto Rico defeated Japan by a score of 3-1. Puerto Rico now moves on to the championship game, while Japan has been eliminated from the WBC.

Mario Santiago was marvelous for Puerto Rico, pitching 4.1 scoreless innings. Alex Rios and Mike Aviles, meanwhile, managed to bring in the run support which eventually led to a W.

As for Japan, Kenta Maeda was the losing pitcher despite allowing just one run in 5.0 innings.

Puerto Rico will now play the winner of the other semifinal game between the Dominican Republic and an upstart Netherlands squad. Japan, meanwhile, must go home empty-handed after dominating pool play.

So how did it all go down?

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