Playoffs – United States won South Korea and went undefeated at Tokyo 2020

Playoffs - United States won South Korea and went undefeated at Tokyo 2020

America showed stamina even after staying behind, watched the match and defeated South Korea 4 a 2. With the win, the Americans were eliminated in the first round of Group B of the Olympic Baseball Tournament and would face first-place Group A Japan in the quarterfinals.

Nick Martinez, the pitcher for the United States, did not start the match well, but he recovered and in the five innings he played, he gave away only four hits, one run, and annihilated nine of the 19 opponents he had played. Strikeouts faced.

You Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Adopted the system widely used in the circuit of world events of the WBSC (World Baseball Softball Confederation), where we can still have a final between the United States and Japan after losing in the quarterfinals.

In addition, the Dominican Republic faces South Korea and Israel captures Mexico, fighting for the final two places in the next stage of the Olympic Games. The winners of these conflicts are face-to-face and whoever wins the battle between Japan and the United States.

passing phase

The South Koreans took the lead after scoring a run in the first innings after Hyunsoo Kim and Hee Min Park hit home. The Americans turned the tables in the fourth inning, with Tristan Casas separating the ball into the bleachers of right field and taking Eddie Alvarez to score.

In the next innings, Nick Allen extended the American lead in right field with a home run and Tyler Austin extended Jamie Westbrook’s run.

But South Korea did not give up and put pressure till the last entry. David Robertson came in for the United States to close the match, and he had to work hard to catch his opponents.

Bakho Kang went, Yujie Yang landed a double hit, and Jeil Oh sacrificed himself to score for his teammate. The American pitcher reacted and eliminated Hwan Oh Ji with a strikeout and forced Kyung Min Hur to finish.

This Sunday (1), clashes take place between Israel, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and South Korea at Yokohama Stadium. The confrontation between the US and Japan will happen only on Monday (2).

Group placement:

Group A

  • Japan: 2V
  • Dominican Republic: 1V-1D
  • Mexico: 2D

B Group

  • United States: 2V
  • South Korea: 1V-1D
  • Israel: 2D

(Photo: WBSC Disclosure)

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