Team USA suffers walk-off loss in Olympic opener

Melky on the bench
Game 120: Taking the series

The USA Olympic baseball team lost it’s opener today, falling 8-7 to Korea. One time Yankee farmhand (and ex-Met) Brandon Knight drew the start and was pretty ineffective, allowing 8 hits, 2 walks and 3 runs in 4.1 IP (1 K). Mike Koplove, Brian Duensing & Kevin Jepsen followed with 3.2 perfect innings of relief. Team USA rallied for three runs in the top of the 9th, highlighted by a Mike Hessman solo homer and a Matt Brown 2-run single that gave the team a 7-6 lead. Closer Jeff Stevens (the guy the Indians got in the Brandon Phillips trade) blew the save in the bottom half thanks to a double, fielder’s choice, throwing error (by Stevens) and a walk-off sac fly.

Quick turn around for the red, white & blue; they’ll take on the Netherlands tonight at 10:30 EST. I imagine either Brett Anderson or Trevor Cahill will take the ball.

Update: Here’s the box score. Knight allowed 6 runs, not 3.

Melky on the bench
Game 120: Taking the series
  • TurnTwo

    is tonight’s game being televised on TV live?

  • Ivan

    Hey Mike who’s the Fav in the olympics in cincern with baseball and who are your winners for GD, SL, BZ? I haven’t really followed it much.

    • Mike A.

      Japan is, their team is sick. The NPB isn’t considered Major League Baseball, so it’s basically an All-Star Team from the Japanese Leagues. Yu Darvish, Koji Uehara, Hitoki Iwase, basically the best the country has to offer.

      Gold: Japan
      Silver: USA
      Bronx: probably Cuba (Yuniesky Gourriel is the best player in the tourney)

  • Rayblay

    How do they even decide which team gets to be ‘home’ or ‘away’ (i.e. get the opportunity to be able to have a ‘walk-off’ win and not be the team that’s standing on the field during the bottom of the inning)??? Anyone know?

    • Mike A.

      No idea.

  • Pablo Zevallos

    mike koplove is still around??

  • CB

    How could they possibly give the first start to Brandon Knight, especially with the tournament style structure of play? Brandon Knight when you also have Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Jake Arrieta and Steven Strasburg on the team.

    It’s great to pick the older “more experienced guy” but why do so when he’s not half as talented as the other options? Throw Knight against China or the Netherlands. They are going to win tomorrow against the Netherlands whoever starts.

    Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t see what Davey Johnson is thinking. I guess he wanted the more experienced guy throwing the opener.

    • Mike A.

      I don’t get it either. Why is he even in the rotation with Anderson, Cahill, Arrieta and Strasburg on the team?

      Unless they plan on using Strasburg in the pen…

  • RollingWave

    Basically it’s a 3 tier game

    first tier (very high chanece of semi finals) : Japan, US , Cuba

    second tier (reasonable chance of semi finals) : Taiwan , Korea, Canada , Netherland

    third tier ( very high chance of losing every single game ) : China

    since it’s a 1 game playoff in the semi and finals, any team that actually makes it has a 50/50 chance of the medal, the US losing to a second tier team isn’t a good sign. (since you probably need 4 wins out of 7 game to advance, assuming that everyone beats China you need to win at least 3 from the 4 second tier teams)

    For the second tier team, obviously winning against each other is the most important, a victory against a first tier team will be huge. and beating China is a must.

    Taiwan beat Netherland 5:0 yesterday, while Canada did their part by beating China and Cuba beat Japan.

    So it seems that Cuba is set, while Korea just rose their chances significantly, Taiwan made good progress and US took a serious setback.

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