Yokohama, Japan-Japan All-Stars team completed a determined national mission to win an Olympic baseball gold medal for the first time, beating the United States 2-0 on Saturday night after Munetaka Murakami’s third inning run.
Masado Morishita and four relievers combined to score a six, and the Japanese men (5-0) matched the women’s softball team record, lifting the Americans to its second gold medal.
Several hundred people who appeared to be Olympic volunteers cheered Japan on at the empty 34,000-capacity Yokohama Stadium, some wearing orange Japan jerseys and masks on hot and humid nights.
The United States introduced baseball to Japan in 1872 4-2. Major League Baseball and its clubs denied teams access to all 40-list players and many deserving top prospects.
Murakami is the youngest player in Japan’s starting line – up at 21, but has already twice reached 85.2 mph off-pitch (1-1) with Nick Martinez’s 2-2 in four seasons with Central League’s Yakuld Swallows. He drove the ball to the opposite pitch on the 16-foot wall on the left, and Martinez landed in the fourth row of empty blue seats.
Japan did not add an eighth run when Masadaka Yoshida isolated Scott McCaw and center fielder Jack Lopez moved the ball over the plate for an error that allowed Yamada to score. The Japanese beat the United States for the second time in six days as the ninth team rallied to win 7-6 in 10 innings on Monday.
Morishita (2-0), a 23-year-old right-hander in Hiroshima Toyo Corb, Central League Rookie of the Year, led the United States to three wins in more than five innings, five runs and none.
Summer Senka, a 28-year-old right-handed player at the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the Pacific League, is considered the future MLP pitcher, 98 miles hot in sixth place.
Hiromi Ido finished seventh and dropped a lead-off single to Tyler Austin in eighth.
30-year-old left-hander Sukuru Iwasaki, with Central League’s Hansin Tigers, replaced Boston’s Tristan Casas, knocked out retired Todd Frazier in the popup and turned Eric Felia into a weakling.
The 25-year-old first-star all-star for Hiroshima, Rioji Kuribayashi, finished ninth for his third save, leaving an out single to Nick Allen, who then retired Lopez.
The Japanese soldiers jumped over the mound, and the reliefs ran from the bullpen. At one point, manager Atsunori Inaba was blown up in the air by soldiers and thrown up and down the mound like a trampoline. The soldiers also lined up in the third base line and bowed to their supporters.
Martinez, a 31-year-old former Texas right-hander, allowed five wins in six innings with seven innings and one walk in his fourth season in Japan.
Former Los Angeles manager Mike Chioskia has been denied an attempt to match the record of his mentor Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lazarda.
Frasier failed to add gold to the Little League World Series title he won with Tom’s River East American in 1998 in New Jersey.
Second paceman Eddie Alvarez became the third American and sixth athlete to win medals at the Winter and Summer Games, failing to win gold and matching the silver he earned as a speedscater in 2014.
Baseball competed in the Olympics for the sixth time, for the first time since 2008, at the request of Japan. It has already been dropped for the 2024 Paris Games, but may return to 2028 in Los Angeles and 2032 in Brisbane, Australia.
Japan suspended its main league season on July 17, allowing top athletes to join the Olympics. MLB executives scoffed at the idea of sending the best athletes to the Olympics, saying that stopping the season was impractical and economical, and many GMs refused to give up the idea of hurting any sport other than their paid club. Checks.
In the absence of MLP stars Shoaib Othani and Yu Darwish, the Japanese team had enough power to win the resulting U.S. roster twice, which is a dubious mix of double A chances not considered ready for the big leagues, major league players and professional leagues released.
The United States began a lineup of 25.2 at 2.9 with the exception of Fraser, who had a career war. Others with key league experience are Martinez (2.1), Austin (1.0) and Alvarez (-0.2).
Alvarez hit an innings-ending pitch in second place in fifth, with Jamie Westbrook coming out on top with two runs in sixth and a runner-up in seventh.
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