One more win for a chance at gold.
Team USA baseball is, interestingly enough, a bit of a stranger to gold medals at the Olympics. The team captured its first — and only — gold-medal victory at the 2000 Olympics, but it could be in position to land a second if all goes well Thursday morning.
The U.S. takes on South Korea in a rematch from group play, a game the United States won 4-2. Now, after a loss to Japan earlier in the week, Team USA is one win away from the gold-medal matchup with Japan on Saturday — on the flip side, it’s one loss away from a bronze-medal game vs. the Dominican Republic on Friday night.
South Korea is coming off a difficult loss to Japan on Wednesday morning: The game, tied in the eighth, went to Japan after a three-run rally. The win landed Japan in the gold-medal game, and as the host nation, could lead to some very beneficial home-field advantage.
Sporting News will provide live updates, highlights and more from the USA’s semifinal matchup vs. the Republic of Korea below.
(All times Eastern)
USA vs. South Korea baseball score
USA Baseball vs. South Korea live updates, highlights from 2021 Olympics semifinal game
7:15 a.m. END OF FOURTH: Westbrook’s home run goes to replay review (fair or foul), but it’s upheld. 2-0, U.S.
7:11 a.m. UNITED STATES SCORING PLAY: Jamie Westbrook with a no-doubt blast to left field. Doubles the United States lead, 2-0.
7:04 a.m. END TOP FOURTH: Ryan gets a call (shockingly) on the outside corner to end the half inning. 1-0, U.S.
7:01 a.m.: First walk of the night for Ryan, with some “help” from the umpire. The zone remains tight.
6:58 a.m.: Jack Lopez with a nice sliding grab in center field. He was playing deep and raced in for the catch.
6:55 a.m.: Joe Ryan still in here for the United States, pitching a good game through three innings.
6:53 a.m. END OF THIRD: U.S. goes down in order, still hold the lead. 1-0, U.S.
6:45 a.m. END TOP THIRD: Todd Frazier snags a pop foul at third to end the top half of the inning. 1-0, U.S.
6:39 a.m. END OF SECOND: Lopez is called out at second after replay review. U.S. still takes the lead on Kolozsvary scoring play. 1-0, U.S.
6:37 a.m. UNITED STATES SCORING PLAY: Olympics or Little League? Jack Lopez with a single to center field, Kolozsvary scores from second. Lopez caught in a run down, reaches second and then scrambles to third. The play is reviewed, and Lopez is called out trying to advance to second on a diving tag. U.S. still takes the lead, 1-0.
6:29 a.m.: Mark Kolozsvary walks.
6:27 a.m. END TOP SECOND: Ryan gets another fly ball to center field on a well-hit ball to end the top half of the inning.
6:26 a.m.: This umpire is calling it very tight early on, as Joe Ryan is robbed of a few strikes in the second at-bat of the inning.
6:22 a.m. END OF FIRST: Two-out rally comes up short as Filia grounds to short to end the inning. U.S. 0, Korea 0.
6:19 a.m.: The United States is in business: Todd Frazier with a two-out double, Casas advances to third. Runners in scoring position with two outs in the first. Eric Filia up.
6:17 a.m.: Tristan Casas continues his hot tournament, working a two-out walk. Umpire his a tight, tight strike zone early on in this game.
6:10 a.m. END TOP FIRST: Ryan gets a fly out to deep right center to end the top half of the first. U.S. coming to bat.
6:06 a.m.: Lee Jung-hoo with a two-out double, and South Korea has their first baserunner of the night for Japan.
6:01 a.m.: First pitch from Joe Ryan is a ball, and we are underway in Japan.
5:55 a.m.: Korea and the U.S. handle business in just a few minutes’ time.
So Korea’s starting pitcher vs USA is a 19-year old LHP who is also a rookie in KBO… and now he’s asked to pitch in the most crucial game to date for the team, as well as for his teammates who haven’t taken care of their mandatory military service stuff.
No pressure, kid.
— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) August 5, 2021
USA vs. South Korea start time
Team USA and South Korea meet in a rematch of their group-play game in the semifinals on Thursday, Aug. 5.
The United States is vying for its first gold medal in baseball since 2000.
How to watch USA Baseball vs. South Korea semifinal game
- TV channel: USA Network
- Live stream: NBCOlympics.com (cable subscription required); NBC Sports App; fuboTV (7-day free trial)
As currently scheduled, USA Network will be carrying the semifinal game between the U.S. and South Korea on Thursday morning.
Regardless of TV channel, you’ll also be able to live stream the game on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports App.
FuboTV, which carries NBC and its sister networks, will also be a viable streaming option. FuboTV offers a 7-day free trial.