Japan beat Italy to advance to World Baseball Classic semi-finals

It’s not every day that someone manages to steal Shohei Otani’s attention.

However, Kazuma Okamoto may have just handled it and also brought Japan one step closer to winning the World Baseball Classic.

Okamoto hit a home run and drove five runs to support Otani as Japan advanced to the WBC semi-finals for the fifth consecutive time, defeating Italy 9-3 in front of a crowd of 41,723 at the Tokyo Dome on Thursday.

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