Another win for a chance for gold.
The USA baseball team is interestingly a bit of a stranger to Olympic gold medals. The team took their first – and only – gold medal win at the 2000 Olympics, but they may be able to land a second on Thursday morning if all goes well.
The USA face South Korea in a rematch from the group game, a game the USA won 4-2. Now, after losing to Japan earlier this week, Team USA is one win away from a gold medal game against Japan on Saturday – on the other hand, it’s just one loss away from a bronze medal game against the Dominican Republic Friday night.
South Korea suffered a heavy defeat against Japan on Wednesday morning: the game, which ended in eighth place, went to Japan after rallies three times. The win earned Japan the gold medal game and could turn into a very useful home advantage as the host nation.
Sporting News will provide live updates, highlights and more from the US vs. Korea Republic semi-final game below.
(All times east)
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Baseball result USA vs. South Korea
USA Baseball vs. South Korea Live Updates, Highlights from the 2021 Olympics Semi-Final Game
6:45 a.m. END TOP THIRD: Todd Frazier grabbed a pop foul in third to end the top half of the inning. 1-0, USA
6:39 am END OF THE SECOND: Lopez is called second after the repeat test. US still takes the lead in Kolozsvary’s scoring game. 1-0, USA
6:37 AM UNITED STATES SCORING MATCH: Olympia or Little League? Jack Lopez with a singles to midfield, Kolozsvary scores from second place. Lopez catches a rundown, takes second place, and then climbs to third. The game is reviewed and Lopez is called in to advance to second place on a day of diving. US is still in the lead, 1-0.
6:29 am: Mark Kolozsvary goes for a walk.
6:27 a.m. END TOP SECOND: Ryan gets another flyball into midfield with a well hit ball to end the top half of the inning.
6:26 am: This referee calls it very close at the beginning, as Joe Ryan is deprived of a few punches in the second at-bat of the inning.
6:22 am END OF THE FIRST: The two-out rally falls short as Filia falls short to finish the inning. USA 0, Korea 0.
6:19 am: The US is in business: Todd Frazier with a double, Casas moves up to third. Runner in scoring position with two outs in first. Eric Filia up.
6:17 am: Tristan Casas continues his hot tournament and works a two-out walk. The referee has a tight, narrow hitting zone at the start of this game.
6:10 AM END TOP FIRST: Ryan gets a flyout into the deep right center to finish the top half of the first. US come to strike.
6:06 am: Lee Jung-hoo with a two-out double and South Korea has their first baserunner of the evening for Japan.
6:01 am: Joe Ryan’s first throw is a ball and we’re traveling in Japan.
5:55 am: Korea and the US do business in minutes.
So Korea’s starting pitcher against the US is a 19-year-old LHP who is also a rookie at KBO … and now he’s been asked to play the most important game so far for the team, as well as for his teammates who didn’t care, play their mandatory game Military service.
No pressure, boy.
– Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) August 5, 2021
Start time USA vs. South Korea
Team USA and South Korea will meet in the semi-finals on Thursday, August 5th, in a new edition of their group game.
The US is vying for its first baseball gold medal since 2000.
This is how you watch the USA Baseball vs. South Korea semi-final game
- TV channel: USA network
- Live broadcast: NBCOlympics.com (cable subscription required); NBC Sports App; fuboTV (7-day free trial)
As currently planned, USA Network will host the semi-final match between the USA and South Korea on Thursday morning.
Regardless of the TV station, you can also live stream the game on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.
FuboTV, which broadcasts NBC and its sister networks, will also be a viable streaming option. FuboTV offers a 7-day free trial.