YOKOHAMA, Japan – Triston Casas hit his third home race of the Olympics, a two-run in the first round Boston Red Sox Double-A teammate Denyi Reyes and the United States beat the Dominican Republic 3-1 on Wednesday to stay in the gold medal.
Tyler Austin, a former great player in the home field of the Central League’s Yokohama Bay Stars, added a solo home run in the fifth, his second long ball in the tournament.
USA (3-1) plays next Thursday night, and meets the loser of Wednesday night’s Japan-South Korea match for a place in this weekend’s gold medal game.
Scott Kazmir (1-0) escaped a baseless, one-out jam in the first, and the 37-year-old left-hander continued to hit a two-stroke ball over five goalless innings.
Four relievers finished, with David Robertson allowing a two-out homer at ninth to Charlie Valerio. The United States went 5-3 and overcame three errors and a 0-for-12 afternoon from their No. 6-9 strokes.
Austin went with one out in the first, and Casas drove a 1-1 pitch to center. He strikes. 313 with eight RBI.
A 21-year-old first baseman in Portland, Maine, Casas was the 26th overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft. He hits .271 with six homers and 30 RBIs for the Sea Dogs this season.
Reyes (0-1), a 24-year-old right-hander, allowed two runs and two hits in four innings. He is 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA in two starts and 11 eases in Portland.
Austin, who has a .412 average and five RBIs, homered to center right away against Gabriel Arias, a late addition to the Dominican list.
Kazmir began a 16-day rest since meeting a college star team at a July 18 show in North Carolina. The triple All-Star had a 6.43 ERA in two starts and a relief appearance this season for San Francisco, his first major league appearance in five years, and was then sent live to Triple-A Sacramento on June 11th. He made three starts for the River Cats before reporting to the Olympic team.
On a brilliant day with a temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 Celsius) at playing time and high humidity, Kazmir threw 77 lanes, knocked out five and went one.
Brandon Dickson, a 36-year-old right-handed nine-year-old removed from his last major league appearance, broke out of trouble in the sixth after Casas failed a grounder to first and second baseman Eddy Alvarez made a bad throw to second at another grounder. for subsequent errors. Juan Francisco started due to a double play and Johan Mieses ran out.
Scott McGough, a 31-year-old former Miami reliever who blew a save against Japan two nights earlier, got out of two-on problems in the eighth when Jose Bautista took sliders in a row and was called out by plate judge Jair Fernández from Mexico, Ask for complaints from the six-time All-Star.
Anthony Gose hit a perfect eighth, and Robertson got his second save, going Jeison Guzman before beating Yefri Perez.
Playing 14 hours after their ninth inning comeback victory over Israel, the Dominicans (2-3) started five switch-hitters and only one left-handed batter against Kazmir. They play Thursday night’s loser for the bronze medal.
The Dominicans loaded the bases with one out in the first on Erick Mejia’s double, a dropped fly ball for a foul by left-back Patrick Kivelhan in his Olympic debut and a walk.
Mieses due to a forceout on the plate, and took up Melky Cabrera, who was 3 for 10 against Kazmir in his big league career, with a home run for Kansas City against Los Angeles Angels April 11, 2011. Cabera bounces to Todd Frazier, who stepped in third for the inning-ending forceout.
Gustavo Nunez was injured on a turn in the seventh and was squeezed for Perez.