Wednesday, September 22, 2021

US baseball team beat Dominican Republic to keep gold medal hopes alive

by Ronald Bloom ap baseball writer

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Tristan Casas hit his third home run of the Olympics, a two-run drive in the first innings of Boston Red Sox Double-A teammate Denny Reyes as the United States beat the Dominican Republic 3-1 on Wednesday. To stay in the race for the gold medal

Tyler Austin, a former major leaguer at his home ballpark of the Central League’s Yokohama Bay Stars, added a single home run to his second long-ball fifth of the tournament.

The US (3-1) plays next Thursday night, meeting the loser of Wednesday night’s Japan-South Korea match for a berth in this weekend’s gold medal game.

Scott Kazmir (1-0) survived a base-loaded, one-out jam in the first, and the 37-year-old left-hander pitched a two-hit ball in five scoring innings.

Four relievers finished, David Robertson allowed a two-out homer to Charlie Valerio in the ninth. The Americas, coached by longtime Angels manager Mike Ciocchia, won 5-3, overcoming three errors and 0-12-12 from their No. 6-9 batters.

Austin went with one in first, and Casas centered the pitch 1–1. He is batting .313 with eight RBIs.

A 21-year-old first baseman in Portland, Maine, Casas was the 26th overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft. He has been hitting .271 for the Sea Dogs this season with six homers and 30 RBIs.

The 24-year-old right-hander Reyes (0-1) conceded two runs and two hits in four innings. He is 3-1 with 2.90 ERA in two starts and 11 relief appearances at Portland.

Austin, who has a .412 average and five RBIs, sits straight in the center against the late addition to the Dominican roster, Gabriel Arias.

Casmir was starting on a 16-day rest, as it faced a college All-Star team in North Carolina on July 18. The three-time All-Star had a 6.43 ERA in two starts and was a respite appearance for the San Francisco Giants this season, his first major league appearance in five years, then sent straight to Triple-A Sacramento on June 11. had gone. He made three starts for the Cats River before reporting to the Olympic team.

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With 90-degree temperatures and high humidity at game time, Kazmir threw 77 pitches, five one hit and one gone.

Brandon Dixon, a 36-year-old right-handed batsman who was dropped from his previous major league appearance of nine years, got out of trouble in the sixth, when Cass mistimed a grounder for first and second baseman Eddie. Alvarez made a poor throw on the second. Basis for frequent errors. Juan Francisco landed in double play and Johann Mrs was out.

Scott McGaugh, a 31-year-old former Miami reliever who made a save against Japan two nights earlier, was out of trouble at two-on in the eighth when Jose Bautista took consecutive sliders and was called out by Mexico’s plate umpire Jair Fernandez. Gaya, prompting complaints from the six-time All-Star.

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US baseball team beat Dominican Republic to keep gold medal hopes alive
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