Israel stun Cuba 4-1 in World Baseball Classic


Israel stun Cuba 4-1 in World Baseball Classic

Team Israel shocked viewers at the World Baseball Classic, continuing its undefeated streak.

"Make no mistake", said coach Jerry Weinstein, "Our attitude is that we are representing Israel".

With a squad of former and current Minor and Major League Jewish-USA baseball players, the Israelis are clearly the Cinderella team of the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

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Catcher Ryan Lavarnway, awarded MVP for Pool A last week, dug Israel out from behind the 1-0 deficit in the fourth after driving Ike Davis home with an RBI double. The other teams in the pool, South Korea and Chinese Taipei, were eliminated.

Japan took a 5-1 lead in the third inning but the Netherlands tied it with four runs in the bottom of the frame, including a two-run homer by Wladimir Balentien. The team appeared on the field for the national anthem with matching blue kippot.

"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.

Alex Katz, a 27th round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2015 MLB Draft, made two appearances for Israel, throwing a ideal inning of relief on Monday in the team's win over South Korea before tossing another scoreless inning in the squad's victory of the Netherlands on Wednesday.

They have been dubbed the "Jamaican bobsled team" of this year's World Baseball Classic.

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