Olympics-Baseball-US advances to golden game with Japan, South Korea to play for bronze vs Dominicans

5/8/2021 10:08:00 PM

Olympics-Baseball-US advances to golden game with Japan, South Korea to play for bronze vs Dominicans

Olympics-Baseball-US advances to golden game with Japan, South Korea to play for bronze vs Dominicans

YOKOHAMA, Japan :The United States restrained its excitement after defeating defending champions South Korea 7-2 on Thursday with a barrage of sixth-inning singles, as it looks ahead to a clash with Japan in baseball's first Olympic gold-medal game in 13 years.Saturday's title match-up will for the first time

LinkedIn YOKOHAMA, Japan :The United States restrained its excitement after defeating defending champions South Korea 7-2 on Thursday with a barrage of sixth-inning singles, as it looks ahead to a clash with Japan in baseball's first Olympic gold-medal game in 13 years.Advertisement Sport When millions of Japanese tune into the Olympic marathons this weekend they will not only see the world's best runners pushing their bodies to the limit, but also their own lives, said Japan's 2000 marathon gold medallist Naoko Takahashi.LinkedIn TOKYO : The mayor of Japanese city Nagoya earned himself Internet infamy and a rare rebuke from Toyota Motor Corp on Thursday for chomping down on an Olympic gold medal at an event meant to celebrate its winner, softball pitcher Miu Goto.LinkedIn TOKYO : China won the Olympic women's team table tennis gold medal on Thursday after a 3-0 victory over Japan in the final, continuing the country's undefeated streak in the event.

Saturday's title match-up will for the first time feature the two most populous baseball-rabid countries, cementing shifts since the sport last appeared in the Olympics in 2008.Three-time gold medalists Cuba have lost star power to other countries, failing to make the six-team Games tournament, while Japan have grown ever stronger and the United States found new hunger by adding veterans with nothing to lose to a roster of minor leaguers.The marathon holds a strong appeal in Japan because of the parallels it holds with everyday life, said Takahashi."We're going to enjoy this one tonight but we have one goal in mind: to win a gold medal.or.This is what we came to do," said U."I think everyone finds it interesting how a race reflects their own lives," Takahashi said.S."To wear this gold medal again - this happiness feels different from before," said Chen, who also claimed women's singles gold at the Tokyo Games.

third baseman Todd Frazier, 35, one of those long-time former Major Leaguers the U.Running races are hugely popular in Japan both in terms of participation and viewership.Trending posts on Twitter said Kawamura had turned Goto's gold medal into a germ medal, which in Japanese is pronounced the same.S.brought on for the Olympic run.Advertisement Advertisement Naoko Ishizuka caught the running bug about 10 years ago when her husband ran in the 10K section of the Tokyo Marathon.U.com/Tokyo2020/status/1419331341129117698.S.Olympic organisers have told marathon enthusiasts like Ishizuka not to watch the races in person in order to prevent gatherings of large crowds that could spread COVID-19."Our young players grew so fast because of Japan.

pitcher Joe Ryan, who allowed one run in his start on Thursday, said that based on watching South Korean professional games last year the team had brought their"A-squad." But South Korea repeatedly needed late-inning magic during these Games, scoring a total of 18 runs after the fourth inning.Advertisement "Spectators can get into pro baseball and soccer games as normal.An official at Nagoya city hall said Kawamura had not released a response to the criticism from Toyota, which owns the Red Terriers softball team that Goto plays for, and dominates the economy of the region in central Japan where the city is located.On Thursday, that golden rally never came and they dropped to the bronze-medal game against the Dominican Republic at 0300 GMT on Saturday.The gold game begins 1000 GMT.The women's race is on Saturday and the men's on Sunday in Sapporo, on the country's northernmost island of Hokkaido."Thirteen years ago we didn't come with much pressure on us.(Reporting by Tim Kelly; additional reporting by Kevin Krolicki; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa) Source: Reuters."I'm grateful to my team mates and everyone who's supported us," Ishikawa said as she wiped her tears with her hands.

We were just having fun and winning one game after another," said South Korea coach Kim Kyung-moon."This time, we wanted to show how well we play.I'm not sorry we didn't win the gold medal.We've learned what shortfalls we have," he said, adding that a worn-out pitching staff did not help.Under the tournament's unusual format, South Korea have played six Olympic games, two more than Japan and one more than the United States.And that's why I can say with confidence that I earned a medal," Ito, who won every colour of medal at the Tokyo Games, said at a post-match news conference.

Japan beat both South Korea and the United States en route to the gold-medal contest.The United States recorded two wins over the last gold medalists.On Thursday, South Korea starter Lee Eui-lee, 19, struck out nine with confounding breaking pitches that dropped U.S.batters to a knee.

He left the game with his team trailing 2-1.But South Korea used five different relievers in the sixth inning as the United States broke open the game.The Americans slashed three run-scoring singles and added another run on a fielder's choice to build a commanding 7-1 lead.While the U.S.

rally featured RBI singles, a highlight of the game was Jamie Westbrook's fourth-inning solo home run that soared to the second deck of seats that had been added to Yokohama Baseball Stadium for the Games.The loss denied a shot at second consecutive gold medals for South Koreans Kim Hyun-soo, the former Baltimore Orioles outfielder, and catcher Kang Min-ho.U.S.starting pitcher and Major League veteran Scott Kazmir acted as first base coach in place of Eric Campbell, who tore knee cartilage a day earlier.

Kazmir said he messed up a couple of times, but it all turned out fine for his side."Maybe I'll do it in the championship if I'm available," he said.(Reporting by Paresh Dave; Additional reporting by Junko Fujita; Editing by Bill Berkrot) Source: Reuters.

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