YOKOHAMA, Japan- Yuki Yanagita tied on optional against Scott McGough in the ninth round, then Takuya Kai played the heroes with a blow in a safe place at the expense of Edwin Jackson in the 10th and Japan defeated USA- United 7-6 Monday to approach one last victory at the Tokyo Games.
Japan erased a 6-5 delay in the ninth against McGough. The latter allowed Seiya Suzuki a ride with one out and then the rain began to flow down. Hideto Asamura followed with a single and placed runners at the end of the diamond.
Yanagita then hit a ground ball at second base, which still helped Japan level the game.
According to the rules at the Olympics, teams start with runners on the first and second back in extra.
Ryoji Kuribayashi (1-0) still beat the battles in a row at the start of the 10th. Jackson (0-1) failed to emulate him for the United States.
Alternative hitter Ryoya Kurihara put down a bundle to get the runners to move on. Facing a five-man infield, Kai fired the next shot at the fence to the right.
Japan (3-0) meets South Korea (3-1) on Wednesday, with a place in the final at stake.
USA (2-1) fell in the losing part of the double elimination table. To reach the final, they must beat the winner of Tuesday’s duel between the Dominican Republic (1-2) and Israel (1-3), then the loser of the match between South Korea and Japan.
Earlier today, Hyun Soo Kim slammed a two-point ball at the expense of Jeremy Bleich, helping South Korea crush Israel 11-1.
Soo grabbed South Korea’s seven-round fifth round with a home run against Bleich. Bleich retired from baseball in 2019 and now works for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ analytical department.
After two strikeouts in the seventh round, Soo hit his second double of the match. He finished after a single from Hye-seong Kim, and ended the duel due to the rule of Olympic points difference.
Ji-hwan Oh hit a two-run long ball in the second half when South Korea took a 3-0 lead. Baek-ho Kang had four hits.
The South Korean starter Min-woo Kim allowed two hits and a trip in four one-third rounds of work. In relief, Won-joon Choi went twice and hit a batter, pushing an Israeli home to close the lead to 3-1 in the fifth.
Sang-woo Cho (1-0) pulled Ryan Lavarnway to end the set, and he recorded the victory.
South Korea opened the valves at the end of the fifth round, at the expense of Alex Katz. The latter allowed six races, of which five were earned, in a third of a round.
Joey Wagman (0-2) met 22 opponents and allowed three runs, 10 hits and three rounds in three and two-thirds rounds for Israel.
– By Associated Press
Ronald Blum, The Canadian Press