Wednesday, October 27

By dint of power, the Dominican Republic won the bronze in Tokyo 2020

An offense of 14 hits and a pair of rallys led this Saturday to the selection of Dominican Republic to beat South Korea 10-6 to win the bronze medal in baseball for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

It was the first time that the Dominicans won an Olympic medal in a team sport. The South Koreans, current baseball champions, said goodbye without a medal.

The winning pitcher was Cristopher Mercedes, who threw three 1/3 innings of four hits without a run. The loser was Seunghwan Oh.

The Dominican Republic hit from the opening of the first inning with a four-touchdown rally. Emilio Bonifacio hit a double to right field and hit the plate with a home run to Julio Rodríguez’s left that made it 2-0 on the scoreboard.

Next, Juan Francisco hit a solo homer to the right field for 3-0. Then, Johan Mieses was walked and made Melky Cabrera’s 4-0 single.

Korea discounted at the close of the second act. Hyunsoo Kim doubled and reached home on a single to Kunwoo Park center-back that made it 4-1.

The South Koreans continued their punishment of Dominican starter Raúl Valdés in the fourth roll when Hyunsoo Kim hid the ball down the right field for 4-2.

Dominicana added one more in the fifth episode. Mieses singled and hit the rubber for a double by Cabrera that increased the Dominicans’ lead 5-2.

Korea took the lead with five runs in the fifth. Hae Min Park singled that led Euiji Yang to 5-3 and with a full house, Kyoungmin Kur grounded to pitcher Luis Castillo that produced Hyeseong Kim for 5-4.

An uncontrolled pitch by Darío Álvarez allowed Park to transform into 5-5 and a hit to the central Baekho Kang put Korea ahead 6-5.

In the eighth inning, the Dominicans sealed the victory. Seunghwan Oh threw a bad pitch with players on all bases that sent Jeison Guzman to the rubber with a 6-6 tie.

Juan Francisco continued with a double that left the game 8-6 and Johan Mieses put final figures with a home run to the left at 10-6.

José ‘Jumbo’ Díaz entered the ninth to close the game with players in second and third and with a good mettle he retired three enemies in a row.

The best Dominican hitter was Melky Cabrera, who went 5-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Annotations by tickets

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9    C H E

Dominican 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0   10 14 0

South Korea 0 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 0    6 13 0

Won: Cristopher Mercedes (1-0).

Lost: Seunghwan Oh (2-1).

Saved: José ‘Jumbo’ Díaz.

Home runs:

Dominican Republic: Julio Rodríguez, Juan Francisco and Johan Mieses.

South Korea: Hyunsoo Kim.

Read also: Video: This is how the emotional celebrations of Mexico were when they received their bronze medal in Tokyo 2020

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