USA Baseball is set to begin play in the knockout round of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo against host nation Japan on Monday. After an 8-1 victory over Israel to open play, the stars and stripes kept things going with a 4-2 victory over South Korea.
Saturday, USA starting pitcher Nick Martinez retired 13 of 14 batters after allowing back-to-back singles to start the game. He ended up going five innings, allowing just one run on four hits with nine strikeouts. Relievers Scott McGough, Edwin Jackson, Anthony Gose and David Robertson allowed just one run in their four innings of work.
Offensively, a two-run homer from Triston Casas in the bottom of the fourth inning gave USA the lead for good. Nick Allen later added a solo shot.
This game against Japan is the quarterfinals. Israel plays the Dominican Republic on Sunday night with the winner facing South Korea. The winner of the latter game there faces the winner of this Japan vs. USA game for the right to move to the gold medal game.
Here's how to watch USA Baseball's game against Japan:
USA Baseball vs. Japan
- When: 6 a.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 2 | Where: Yokohama Baseball Stadium
- TV channel: NBC Sports Network | Live stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Japan has taken down Mexico, 7-4, and scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk it off over the Dominican Republic. These two teams are the ones who survived the round robin portion of the schedule with a 2-0 record. It's now onto the elimination round with Mexico already having been eliminated. The winner here is absolutely in the driver's seat for the gold medal, as the loser will have to go through multiple games to get there.