The United States baseball team could not avenge its loss to Japan, which means
revenge is not coming for a long while.
The Americans are silver medalists after falling to Japan, 2-0, in Saturday’s
final in Tokyo. Baseball is scheduled to be shelved for the 2024 Games in Paris,
so the Americans will need to wait for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics for another
The US — filled with prospects and former big-leaguers because players on 40-man
rosters in Major League Baseball were not invited — took the long road to the final
after losing to Japan on Monday and need victories over the Dominican Republic
and South Korea to sneak into the gold medal game.
But its offense, which sought America’s first gold medal in men’s baseball since 2000,
was silenced by Japan’s professional arms.
While Masahiro Tanaka did not pitch, reigning Nippon Professional Baseball All-Star
Masato Morishita threw five scoreless innings before Japan’s bullpen did the rest of