Tokyo 2020: USA beats South Korea and secures lead in Group B

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Team USA combined well a six-hit attack, including two home runs, to beat Korea 4-2 this Saturday and finish as the leader of Pool B in Olympic Games baseball.

The Koreans took the lead in the first inning off pitcher Nick Martinez by combining a single by Min Hae Park and Jung Hoo Lee with a driving grounder by Hyunsoo Kim, from which the American starter dominated at will and won the game with a career, four hits and nine strikeouts in five innings.

The United States turned the score around with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth act on a pitch by losing pitcher Youngpyo Ko to second baseman Eddy Alvarez and a homerun by first baseman Triston Casas.

The Americans returned to the attack in the fifth; shortstop Nick Allen scooped the ball out of left field to make it 3-1, widening the gap with one run by combining singles by Jamie Westbrook, Eddy Alvarez and Tyler Austin.

Against closer David Robertson, Korea discounted. Baekho Kang walked, Euiji Yang put him on third base with a double and Jaeil Oh drove him home with a sacrifice fly to center field, but then the reliever struck out Ji Hwan Oh and grounded out to third base. Kyoungmin Hur.

For the winners, Triston Casas led the offense with a home run and two RBIs in four at-bats and for Korea, outfielder Jung Hoo Lee was 4-2.

The United States, which beat Israel 8-1 in their opener, advanced the round as the winner of Group B and will face the winner of Group A, Japan (2-0), on Monday night at the start of a second stage of double elimination. South Korea (1-1) take on the Dominican Republic (1-1) on Sunday.