Team USA Looks to Defeat South Korea in Final Group Game originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The return of baseball to the Olympic stage has not disappointed with the opening games.
The excitement continues as the United States faces off against South Korea on Saturday at the Yokohama Stadium in Tokyo.
Both teams entered Saturday’s contest with 1-0 records in the Olympics after defeating Israel in their series openers. While Team USA is favored to win gold, it can expect some stiff competition from South Korea, which is also a gold medal contender.
South Korea scored just three at-bats into the game with Hyun-soo Kim hitting an RBI fielder’s choice off of Team USA starter Nick Martinez. That was all the damage South Korea would do against Martinez, though. The former Texas Rangers pitcher posted a final line of five innings, four hits allowed, one earned run and nine strikeouts on 87 pitches.
The Team USA offense was stifled by South Korean starter Ko Young-pyo through three innings before Boston Red Sox prospect Triston Casas belted a two-run homer to take the lead in the fourth inning.
Team USA extended its lead in the fifth inning with four straight two-out hits. Nick Allen drilled a solo homer, while Tyler Austin plated Jamie Westbrook on an RBI single.
The United States has some work to do if it wants to win its second gold medal since the Olympic inclusion of baseball at the 1992 Barcelona Games. The team has medaled three times overall in five Games, earning two bronze medals.
Tune in to see who will come out on top in Team USA’s final group game.
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