The U.S. baseball team will go to the Olympics thanks to a 4-2 victory over Venezuela in the World Baseball Softball Confederation qualifier.
Former major leaguer Edwin Jackson, the third of four U.S. pitchers, won Saturday’s game, after pitching two hitless innings in the Super Round game at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Todd Frazier drove in two runs with a double in the fifth and a homer in the seventh, part of a 4-for-4 day. He also scored on Carlsbad native Eric Filia’s home run.
Jackson enjoyed a brief stint with the San Diego Padres in 2016, going 5-6. Other members of Team USA who played for the Padres include infielder Logan Forsythe (2011-13), outfielders Jon Jay (2016) and Matt Kemp (2015-16) and pitcher Marc Rzepczynski (2015).
San Diego native Nick Allen, 22, a Francis Parker alum, is also on the roster.
Kemp did not play Saturday after going hitless in four at-bats in U.S. team’s 7-1 victory over Nicaragua on Monday.
The Seattle Mariners picked Filia in the 20th round of the 2016 MLB draft. He was suspended for 100 games in 2019 following a third positive drug test under baseball’s minor league drug program.
A UCLA alum, Filia also played on the Bruins’ 2013 NCAA championship team.
Players on major league teams’ 40-man rosters were not eligible to play in the qualifier. The U.S. team is managed by former Los Angeles Angels skipper Mike Scioscia.
The team joins Israel, South Korea, Mexico and host Japan in the six-team Olympic field.
The Dominican Republic, which finished second in the Americas Qualification Event, and Venezuela, the third-place finisher, will be among four teams playing in the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier beginning June 22 in Puebla, Mexico. One berth is up for grabs.
Baseball will be played at the Olympics after a break – the sport was not part of the 2012 and 2016 games.
The U.S. won gold in 2000.