The 2021 Tokyo Olympics finish up this weekend and the baseball tournament will hand out medals on Saturday. The United States will face off against Japan in the gold medal game on Saturday August 7 at 7 p.m. Tokyo time. That is 6 a.m. ET on Saturday in the United States. The Dominican Republic will face off against South Korea in the bronze medal game on Saturday August 7 at Noon Tokyo time. That is 11 p.m. ET on Friday in the United States.
The gold and bronze medal games will both air live via online stream at NBCOlympics.com and through the NBC Sports app, which require a cable subscription. The USA-Japan gold medal game will re-air at 9:30 a.m. ET on USA and on Sunday at 3:30 a.m. on NBC Sports Network. If you don’t have cable or won’t be in front of a TV, you can get a trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the re-airing of the game.
USA vs. Japan, Gold Medal Game, August 7
How the USA got here: Team USA beat South Korea and Israel to win their group and get a bye into round 2 of the knockout stage. They faced Japan in that round and lost 7-6 in extra innings. The knockout stage is double elimination, and so the US moved to the losers’ bracket. They beat the Dominican Republic 3-1 and South Korea 7-2 to get a second crack at the host nation.
How Japan got here: Japan beat Mexico and the Dominican Republic to win their group and get a bye into round 2 of the knockout stage. They beat the US 7-6 in extra innings and then beat South Korea 5-2 to advance to the gold medal game.
South Korea vs. Dominican Republic, Bronze Medal Game, August 6
How South Korea got here: The ROK beat Israel 6-5 in extra innings and lost 4-2 to the US in group play to finish in second place. They beat the Dominican Republic 4-3 in the first round and then Israel 11-1 in the second round. They lost to Japan 5-2 in the semifinals to send them off to the bronze medal game.
How the Dominican Republic got here: The DR lost to Japan 4-3 and beat Mexico 1-0 to advance to the first round of the knockout stage. They lost 4-3 to South Korea in the first round and moved to the losers’ bracket. There, they beat Israel 7-6 and then lost to the US 3-1 to end up in the bronze medal game.