Sunday, March 12, 2017

BASEBALL SHOCKER: Surprising Israel stays unbeaten at World Baseball Classic

 (Shizuo Kambayashi / AP


For Israel to defeat Cuba, a perennial international baseball powerhouse, is a bigger upset than Donald Trump defeating Hillary Clinton!
  Are we witnessing the Cinderella of Cinderella stories going on the world baseball classic?   I hope so!      

Toronto Star reports Israel used timely hits and solid pitching on Sunday to beat Cuba 4-1 and improve to 4-0 in the World Baseball Classic.

Alfredo Despaigne put Cuba up 1-0 with a solo home run in the second inning at Tokyo Dome, but Israel tied the game in the fourth on a double by Ryan Lavarnway that scored Ike Davis from first.

Israel took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Zach Borenstein singled to right, scoring Ty Kelly from second base. Blake Gailen made it 3-1 with a two-out double to right that scored Nate Freiman.
“We didn’t light up the scoreboard today, but we were able to get the timely hits when we needed them,” Borenstein said. “Things are just clicking for us right now.”

Israel tacked on another run in the eighth on a sacrifice bunt by Gailen that scored Borenstein from third.

Starter Jason Marquis gave up one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings. Zach Thornton picked up the win after coming on in the sixth and recording four outs.


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