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Team USA falls to Japan in Olympic softball

Japan defeated the United States 2-0 for the Olympic gold medal on July 27, 2021.

(Brian Cassella)

USA center fielder Haylie McCleney becomes emotional after her team was defeated by Japan 2-0 on July 27, 2021, in the gold medal game at Yokohama Baseball Stadium during the Tokyo Olympics. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Japan celebrates as they win the gold medal in softball over the United States on July 27, 2021, at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. Japan defeated the United States 2-0.

Japan celebrates as they win the gold medal in softball over the United States on July 27, 2021, at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. Japan defeated the United States 2-0. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

USA's Kelsey Stewart and teammates leave the field after the loss, July 27, 2021. Japan defeated the United States 2-0.

USA’s Kelsey Stewart and teammates leave the field after the loss, July 27, 2021. Japan defeated the United States 2-0. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

The United States receives their silver medal and watches Japan receive their gold after Japan defeated the Team USA 2-0.

The United States receives their silver medal and watches Japan receive their gold after Japan defeated the Team USA 2-0. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

USA's Janie Reed reacts after being tagged out at the plate, July 27, 2021, in the gold medal game during the Tokyo Olympics.

USA’s Janie Reed reacts after being tagged out at the plate, July 27, 2021, in the gold medal game during the Tokyo Olympics. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

USA's Dejah Mulipola and Bubba Nickles cheer on their teammates in the gold medal game at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on July 27, 2021.

USA’s Dejah Mulipola and Bubba Nickles cheer on their teammates in the gold medal game at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on July 27, 2021. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

USA right fielder Michelle Moultrie makes a leaping catch on July 27, 2021.

USA right fielder Michelle Moultrie makes a leaping catch on July 27, 2021. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Japan center fielder Eri Yamada can't catch a fly ball, July 27, 2021, in the gold medal game during the Tokyo Olympics.

Japan center fielder Eri Yamada can’t catch a fly ball, July 27, 2021, in the gold medal game during the Tokyo Olympics. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Japan third baseman Yu Yamamoto throws out a runner in the gold medal game during the Tokyo Olympics.

Japan third baseman Yu Yamamoto throws out a runner in the gold medal game during the Tokyo Olympics. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

USA pitcher Cat Osterman reacts as she's unable to field a ground ball and allows a Japan runner to reach base in the first inning on July 27, 2021.

USA pitcher Cat Osterman reacts as she’s unable to field a ground ball and allows a Japan runner to reach base in the first inning on July 27, 2021. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

USA shortstop Delaney Spaulding reacts as she throws out a runner on July 27, 2021.

USA shortstop Delaney Spaulding reacts as she throws out a runner on July 27, 2021. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

USA pitcher Cat Osterman delivers to Japan on July 27, 2021, during the gold medal game.

USA pitcher Cat Osterman delivers to Japan on July 27, 2021, during the gold medal game. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Team USA lines up for the anthem before the game against Japan on July 27, 2021, at Yokohama Baseball Stadium during the Tokyo Olympics.

Team USA lines up for the anthem before the game against Japan on July 27, 2021, at Yokohama Baseball Stadium during the Tokyo Olympics. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

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