Baseball is back at the Olympics, and Team USA started its quest for a gold medal on Friday morning by knocking off Israel 8-1.
The Americans were led by Tyler Austin's three-hit, three RBI effort. His two-run homer in the top of the third set the tone for Team USA. Eddy Alvarez also added two doubles and two RBIs.
Joe Ryan anchored the United States on the mound with a sterling six inning pitched and just one earned run allowed. He struck out five.
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Team USA plays South Korea at 6 a.m. Saturday, July 31.
The United States advanced to 1-0 in Tokyo having entered the contest 0-0. Israel is now 0-2 at the 2021 Summer Olympics falling 6-5 to South Korea on Thursday, July 29.