The Dominican Republic could not maintain the advantage to close the match and allowed three touchdowns in the last inning to the reigning Olympic champions, being left on the ground for the second time in Tokyo 2020
A great starter from the pitcher Raul Valdes was wasted by the Dominican relay who for the second game in Tokyo 2020 failed to maintain a two-run lead in the ninth inning. This time, South Korea, current Olympic champions, managed to score three times to leave the Dominican squad on the ground against Luis Felipe Castillo, reliever who had landed the closer role after Jairo Asencio would allow exactly the same in front of Japan.
The Dominicans dominated much of the match thanks to a beastly home run by Juan Francisco across center field, giving them a two-run lead on the scoreboard (the game went three laps to one) and in the top of the ninth they squandered a golden opportunity to get farther away with a runner on third and no outs , but they could not advance the corridor.
The Dominican team could barely connect six hits in the entire game and the most important fact is that in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position they could not shoot hits (8-0). What was a strength during the pre-Olympic tournaments (the offense), has been conspicuous by its absence during Tokyo 2020.
Now the Dominicans are in a difficult situation, since they will have to go to playoffs, which means playing every day. Their first match will be against the team that loses among those who just defeated them, South Korea and Israel, who defeated and eliminated Mexico.
The Koreans for their part punished the Dominican pitching with 12 hits, although the most important came in the ninth inning. The unstoppable of winning the game was dispatched by Hyun-soo, who was the most outstanding hitter of the day with four hits in five official at-bats.