BEIJING The United States baseball team sent America's pastime off into a bronze-colored Olympics sunset, as the U.S. posted an 8-4 win over Japan in Saturday's bronze-medal game.
Baseball is making its Summer Games curtain call, having been dropped along with softball from the schedule when the Olympics resume in 2012 in London.
And two members of the Salt Lake Bees, who will be returning soon to help their minor-league team in its playoff run, played key roles in the American victory.
With the U.S. trailing 4-1 in the third inning, infielder Matt Brown who has played first, third and designated hitter during the Beijing Olympics clubbed a three-run home run to tie the game at 4-all.
Brown also led off the Americans' four-run fifth inning with a double, which included Taylor Teagarden's two-run double and Jason Donald's two-run homer, when the U.S. its first lead in commanding style.
And pitcher Kevin Jepsen, Brown's Bees teammate, came in relief in the eighth inning to protect the 8-4 lead.
Throwing late-inning heat clocked in the mid-90s mph or 150-plus kilometers per hour when one's pitching in China Jensen shut down and shut out the Japanese in the final two innings.He worked himself out of a ninth-inning jam with runners on second and third before getting the final groundout.