Lots of baseball fans here, huh?
FWIW, Japan beat China 4-0 in the opener but other than a three-run homer by Japan, the game was pretty even.
Then today, China beat "Chinese Taipei". That was their second loss (they lost to Korea) so they're eliminated. Tomorrow at 5:30 pm China plays the loser of tonight's Korea-Japan game (which Japan is currently winning 11-2 in the fifth. So it looks like China-Korea tomorrow at 5:30 pm. If China wins, they advance to the second round in the U.S.
Fun facts: the shortstop for China is Ray Chang who was born and bred in the U.S. and plays minor league ball there. He hit a 3-run homer in today's 4-1 victory. He's eligible (and tried out) for China's team because his father, a cook from Hong Kong who had emigrated to the U.S. He met and married a Shanghai woman who was visiting the U.S. She stayed, they married, moved to Kansas City, opened a restaurant, and had Ray.
The new manager for China's team is Terry Collins. Jim Lefevbre, the ex-Expo, had been their team manager for a long time but his contract was up last December. China's team had been prepping in the U.S. So Collins, the new manager, has never set foot in China. Beating Taiwan in their second game pretty much made him a national hero among the (few) Chinese baseball fans. Or maybe it will make more baseball fans among the "da lu ren".
UPDATE: Japan 13 - Korea 2 ...6th inning. BTW, the WBC has a "mercy rule".