Israel Sweeps in Seoul, Shocking Baseball World

Mar 14, 2017, 00:37
Israel Sweeps in Seoul, Shocking Baseball World

The grumbling, or at least a little grousing, has started about the legitimacy of Team Israel and its assemblage of American Jewish professionals in the World Baseball Classic.

That California native Freeman, who hit.182 in the WBC, could play for Canada is just another reminder that Israel isn't the only one of the 16 nations in the tournament taking advantage of loose eligibility rules.

The Dutch took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning and added four more runs in both the third and the fourth innings to open a 10-0 gap from which Israel was never going to come back. Israel's chances to advance to the final round are considered slim after today's loss.

A win for Israel would nearly lock up a spot in the tournament semifinals in Los Angeles, while a loss for the Netherlands would put the Dutch on the verge of elimination.

He took Marco Estrada, Sam Dyson, Carlos Carrasco and David Price deep to right field past year, and his fourth-inning homer against Israel also was pulled. Later that day, Cuba plays a second game and faces off with the Netherlands at 8:00 p.m. PST.

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"He has a lot of battle in him", then-Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said of Gregorius when he was recalled by the Diamondbacks in 2013.

Team Israel pitcher Danny Burawa turns and watches a Didi Gregorius three-run homer sail out of the park on Monday.

It started out as a feel-good story last week when Team Israel - the 41st-ranked baseball team in the world with its Mensch On The Bench mascot and Jew Crew T-shirts - swept the well-respected teams from Korea, Taiwan and the Netherlands in Pool A of the quadrennial event under the cloak of time-zone obscurity in Seoul.

"We are a great hitting team and we believe in ourselves and that's what you saw tonight", Balentien told reporters.

"Before the game, we didn't know Israel had such good players", Marti said through an interpreter.

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