Matt Wright pitched six shutout innings and three relievers tossed one scoreless inning apiece as Team USA advanced to the final of the Baseball World Cup in Taiwan with a 5-0 win over the Netherlands. Colby Rasmus homered in the first inning and the Americans added four more runs in the 8th.
19-year old Aroldis Chapman struck out 11 in eight innings and Cuba moved on to the final with a 5-3 win over Japan.
Cuba has won this tournament the last nine times it's been held and 12 of the last 13. Korea was the last team other than Cuba to win it and that was back in 1982. The U.S. has not won the World Cup since 1974 and has not finished second since 2001.
The final game is scheduled to start at 12:30 am PT.