Israeli team pulls off upset victory at World Baseball Classic

Mar 13, 2017, 01:03
Israeli team pulls off upset victory at World Baseball Classic

Israel managed to overcome a 1-0 deficit from Cuba's Alfredo Despaigne's home run in the second inning, and take the lead in the sixth. The Israel Association of Baseball VP Jordy Alter read the Megillat Esther in the Tokyo Dome dugout in a video posted on Facebook, Sunday morning.

It was quickly followed by Blake Gailen, who fired a double to make it 3-1.

Israel, which came into the classic ranked 41st in the world - the only team in the tournament not in the top twenty - has beaten third-ranked Korea, fourth-ranked Chinese Taipei, and seventh-ranked Netherlands to continue its improbable run.

While Cuba matched Israel in hits with five, once again control problems plagued the island's pitchers issuing a total of eight walks.

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"The game also featured the tallest matchup in professional baseball history, when Israel's 6′ 8" first baseman Nate Freiman faced 7′ 1" reliever Loek Van Mill of the Netherlands in the eighth inning. To do so it will most likely needs to defeat Japan on Tuesday and the Netherlands on Wednesday both considered stronger teams.

Israel went on to win their second round game with Cuba, with a final score of 4-1. In 2012, Israel's inaugural WBC team narrowly missed making the tournament.

Most of the players are American Jews, among them several current and former major leaguers.