Cuba dominated Team USA from start to finish, putting the Americans away with a six-run eighth inning, to score a 10-2 victory and advance to the gold-medal game of the 2008 Olympics.
Cuba will play South Korea, which continued its surprising undefeated run for the gold by beating Japan 6-2. Korea has won all eight of its Olympic games to reach the gold-medal affair, while Cuba has only one loss, to Korea. Cuba will be chasing its fourth gold medal in the five Olympics that have had baseball as a medal sport, while the Koreans already have clinched their best-ever Olympic finish. First pitch for the gold-medal tilt is scheduled for 6 a.m. Saturday morning ET.
Team USA will meet Japan for the bronze medal tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET. We’ll have much more shortly at baseballamerica.com.