South Korea, which lost to Israel 2-1 on Monday, will face Chinese Taipei on at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in its final Pool A game.
Cuba's hitters could not get anything going in the early proceedings against China's best pitcher, Bruce Chen, a Panama-born left-hander who has 17 years experience in the United States major leagues. However, this will be easily Israel's steepest test in the tournament yet.
Taiwan suffered its second defeat at the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday, losing to the Netherlands 5-6 in Seoul. Dutch batter Didi Gregorius eventually lined a double off the Taiwanese pitcher to make it a 5-5 game.
Ranked only No. 38 in the world, the Israeli team has become the tournament's unlikely darlings, surprising many by even making it this far.
"It's been a flawless trip in every regard". The Netherlands and Israel play on Thursday to settle first place in the four-team pool.
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The Israel team he is coaching in the WBC is getting global attention after its 2-0 start.
"I tried getting him a first-class ticket", Decker said. As baseball continues to grow and expand into new parts of the world, new players are discovered and more and more talent is continually pumped into the game. More than quarter of Major League Baseball players are from countries other than the US, and since big leaguers don't play in the Olympics, the WBC is the only opportunity to see, for example, Manny Machado playing for the Dominican Republic or Miguel Cabrera suiting up for Venezeula. They were not shown on any of Israel's major television or sports channels. However, Israel hit four RBI singles that boosted their lead to 11-3, almost enacting the WBC's mercy rule. "We might have had better results if we had major-leaguers on the team, but what's done is done. We need to take care of what we're doing here right now and when we know we're going to be in next round, then we'll start talking about the next round".
Starter Ayumu Ishikawa gave up just one run in four innings to secure the win. However, Netherlands is the more talented team overall and this will be the steepest challenge for Israel yet. "Mensch means "good and honorable person" and that is what this team is made up of!"
One day after cruising to an easy win over South Korea, the Netherlands had their hands full against Chinese Taipei Wednesday morning. Netherlands has now scored 11 runs in its first two games and is looking more and more like the dark horse contender thanks to a deep lineup that can produce offense from top to bottom. One of the most crucial plays of the game took place when Byung-Hun Min, with runners at the corners, reached on a fielder's choice after 3B Ty Kelly cut down Jaewon Oh when he tried to score on the grounder.
Scott Burcham's go-ahead single in the 10th inning put Israel ahead to stay against Korea. Burcham and Sam Fuld, a former Stanford University and Oakland Athletics outfielder, had two hits apiece for Israel. Baker exited after 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out three.