U.S. to face host Japan for baseball gold medal


YOKOHAMA, Japan — Eddy Alvarez grew to become solely the third American to earn medals at each the Summer time and Winter Olympics when the US beat defending-champion South Korea 7-2 on Thursday evening to earn a berth into this weekend’s gold-medal recreation towards host Japan.

The previous U.S. speedskater-turned-infielder wept within the dugout after the ultimate out as teammates patted him on the again and provided handshakes and hugs.

After incomes a silver in 2014 at Sochi as a part of the U.S. four-man quick observe staff, Alvarez will get no less than a silver in baseball. The opposite Individuals with summer time and winter medals are Eddie Eagen (boxing in 1920, bobsled in 1932) and Lauryn Williams (observe and subject in 2004 and 2012, bobsled in 2014).

Jack Lopez drove in his first two runs of the Olympics with RBI singles for his first two hits, Jamie Westbrook hit a solo homer, and Tyler Austin hit a two-run single because the U.S. constructed a 7-1 lead with a five-run sixth. Alvarez and Mark Kolozsvary additionally drove in runs.

The U.S. staff of prospects and launched veterans, in search of the Individuals’ second baseball gold medal and first since 2000, improved to 4-1 and can play Japan (5-0) on Saturday evening.

Japan, which stopped its main league season to make prime gamers accessible for the Olympics, defeated the U.S. 7-6 in 10 innings on Monday within the double-elimination second spherical.

South Korea (3-3) faces the Dominican Republic (2-3) for the bronze.

On the last out, a line drive caught by reliever Anthony Carter, Alvarez raised his proper arm in triumph then raised each arms and hugged shortstop Nick Allen.

A 31-year-old infielder with the Miami Marlins‘ Triple-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Alvarez and his staff got here up 0.271 seconds in need of the Russians within the 5,000-meter relay in 2014. He hopes to complete the job this time towards one other host nation.

Alvarez made his main league debut final season when the Marlins’ roster was decimated by the coronavirus, hitting .189 with zero RBIs in 12 video games.

Eagen earned a gold in gentle heavyweight boxing in 1920 and a gold within the four-man bobsled in 1932. Williams received silver within the 100-meter dash in 2004, gold within the 400 relay in 2012 regardless of not operating within the last and a silver within the two-woman bobsled in 2014.

Ryder Ryan (1-0), a 26-year-old right-hander at Texas‘ Triple-A Spherical Rock, pitched 1 2/3 hitless innings for the Individuals’ second win over South Korea following a 4-2 victory within the first spherical.

U.S. starter Joe Ryan, a 25-year-old right-hander obtained by the Minnesota Twins in final month’s commerce that despatched Nelson Cruz to the Tampa Bay Rays, allowed 4 hits in 4 1/3 innings and left with a 2-1 lead. South Korea stacked its batting order with six left-handed hitters, seemingly taking discover of his minor league righty/lefty splits.

Lopez, a 28-year-old infielder promoted to Triple-A Worcester by the Boston Red Sox in Might, lined a two-out RBI single within the second for his first hit in eight Olympic at-bats. Lopez is a nephew of former large league shortstop Onix Concepcion.

Westbrook homered about 20 rows into the left-field seats for a 2-0 lead within the fourth. The 26-year-old was demoted to Double-A Biloxi by the Milwaukee Brewers in mid-Might then promoted again to Triple-A Nashville in early June.

Park Hae-min chased Joe Ryan with an RBI single within the fifth, and Ryder Ryan wanted simply two pitches to flee two-on hassle, getting Kang Baek-ho to floor into an inning-ending double play.

American hitters batted round towards 4 relievers within the sixth. Kolozsvary and Lopez had RBI singles, Alvarez’s RBI grounder made it 5-1, and Austin, in his residence ballpark of the Central League’s Yokohama DeNA BayStars, adopted with a two-run single that gave him seven RBIs within the match.

Oh Ji-hwan hit an RBI double within the seventh off Scott McGough. Anthony Gose, throwing at as much as 98 mph, relieved with two on and acquired a pair of referred to as third strikes then pitched a hitless eighth.

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