The United States defeats the Dominican Republic, 3-1, to remain in contention for baseball gold at the Tokyo Olympics

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Triston Casas hit his third home run at the Olympics, a two-run first inning drive against Boston Red Sox Double-A teammate Denyi Reyes, and the United States defeated the Dominican Republic 3- 1 Wednesday to remain in contention for the gold medal.

Tyler Austin, a former major league player in his home stadium for the Yokohama Bay Stars of the Central League, added a solo homerun in the fifth, his second long ball of the tournament.

The United States (3-1) will then play on Thursday night, meeting the loser of Wednesday night’s Japan-South Korea game for a spot in this weekend’s gold medal game.

Scott Kazmir (1-0) escaped a goal-laden jam and one out in Game 1, and the 37-year-old southpaw then threw two hits in five scoreless innings.

Four relievers finished, David Robertson giving Charlie Valerio a two-out homer in the ninth. The United States were beaten 5-3 and overcame three errors and a 0 in 12th afternoon from their 6-9 hitters.

Austin scored in the first and Casas drove a 1-1 shot down the center. He’s hitting .313 with eight RBIs.

A 21-year-old first baseman in Portland, Maine, Casas was the 26th overall pick in the 2018 entry draft. He is hitting .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’s 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA in two starts and 11 relief appearances in Portland.

Austin, who has an average of 0.412 and five RBIs, scored right away in the middle against Gabriel Arias, a late addition to the Dominican roster.

Kazmir was starting a 16-day rest since taking on a college all-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, then was sent straight to Triple-A Sacramento on June 11. . He made three starts for the River Cats before making his way to the Olympic team.

On a grill day with a temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 Celsius) at the time of the game and high humidity, Kazmir threw 77 pitches, put out five and walked one.

Brandon Dickson, a 36-year-old right-hander nine years from his last Big League appearance, got off the hook in the sixth after Casas misplayed a goal on first and second Eddy Alvarez pitched poorly in second on another goalscorer. for consecutive errors. Juan Francisco got into a double game and Johan Mieses came out.

Scott McGough, a 31-year-old former Miami reliever who made a save against Japan two nights earlier, came out of a two-man trouble in the eighth when Jose Bautista took back-to-back sliders and was called up by the referee of plate Jair Fernández of Mexico, prompting complaints from the six-time All-Star.

Anthony Gose threw a perfect eighth and Robertson got his second save, beating Jeison Guzman before hitting Yefri Perez.

Playing 14 hours after their comeback win in the ninth inning against Israel, the Dominicans (2-3) threw five switches and a single left-handed hitter against Kazmir. They will face Thursday night’s loser for the bronze medal.

The Dominicans loaded the goals with a strikeout in the first on Erick Mejia’s brace, a dropped ball for a mistake left fielder Patrick Kivelhan on his Olympic debut and a walked goal.

Mieses slipped into a home run, lifting Melky Cabrera, who was 3 for 10 against Kazmir in his Big League career, with a home run for Kansas City against the Los Angeles Angels on April 11, 2011. Cabera bounced off Todd Frazier, who took third place for the forced withdrawal at the end of the inning.

Gustavo Nunez was injured on a swing in the seventh and was hit by Perez.

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