YOKOHAMA-Juan Francisco broke the deadlock by hitting a two-run double in the eighth round, and the Dominican Republic defeated South Korea 10-6 on Saturday to win the bronze medal in the men’s baseball tournament in Tokyo.
Francisco had beaten a homerun in a four-round first round for the Dominican Republic, which fled with the victory thanks to a five-round eighth round.
Melky Cabrera secured four balls for the Dominicans, who took their first Olympic medal in baseball.
South Korea, the gold medalist in 2008, took a 6-5 lead after a five-round fifth round. Kang Beak-Ho gave the team the lead with a single.
Oh (2-1), however, sabotaged the teammates’ lead for the second time during the tournament.
Jeison Guzman and Erick Mejia both hit singles in the eighth round and Julio Rodríguez passed away. A poor pitch from Oh helped Dominican Republic level the score.
Francisco had been knocked out in the last three strikes, but he solved himself by slamming a double down the field in the mid-left field to drive the Dominicans forward 8-6. Johan Mieses followed with a long two-run ball.
Cristopher Mercedes (1-0) closed the South Koreans for three and a third round to register the victory.
Jumbo Díaz took over when there were two riders on the slopes and no withdrawal in the ninth heat. He struck out three hits in a row to save.
The United States and Japan meet in the gold medal game later on Saturday.
It was the last baseball tournament at the Summer Olympics before the Los Angeles Games, in 2028.
The Canadian Press