After losing 2-1 to Israel in yesterday's opening match, the hosts of Pool A were beaten once again at the Gocheok Sky Dome after the Dutch team claimed a 5-0 win.
Their team includes some Major League Baseball players, like former Mets first baseman Ike Davis and former Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow, but is mainly comprised of American professional minor-leaguers, including Hamden Hall graduate and current New Britain Bees pitcher Josh Zeid.
Rickles did not get into the first game but came through for Team Israel, knocking in their 12th run in their second game against Chinese Taipei.
Israel had 10 different players record a hit, including four players with three hits and two others with multiple hits.
Pool A: Chinese Taipei, Israel, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Korea. For the game, Israel finished with 15 runs on 20 hits, with six players collecting two or more hits, including Freiman (three, with a team-high four runs driven in), Ike Davis (three, including a triple, and two RBIs) and second baseman Tyler Krieger (three, with three RBIs).
Josh Zeid went three innings, striking out power-hitter Lee Dae-ho to end it and notch the win for Israel. The upshot there is that, while Israel may lack for star power, its base level of competence is very high, as its roster is nearly entirely comprised of players who have played both college and minor league baseball.
Team Israel has not clinched qualification for the next round, but they are in a commanding position now having won the first two of three round-robin games.
Nonetheless, it's clear why Israel has gotten as far as it has.
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The most dominant name for this Classic is a non-Major League player, 25-year old Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, an outfielder for the Japanese team who plays for Yokohama. Former Mariners manager John McLaren will manage China for the second time in the WBC.
Bet against that at your own risk. The Koreans went 1-for-8 with RISP and had nine runners left on base in their opener, a 2-1 loss Monday to Israel.
With former Chicago Cubs farmhand Hung-Wen Chen on the mound the team allowed the following offensive progression: reached on error, hit by pitch, single, bases loaded walk. Andrelton Simmons led off the game with a loud single and Jurickson Profar promptly blasted a mammoth two-run home run.
It's too bad, really, because it's a great story and they were a couple of huge upsets perpetrated by minor leaguers against giants of the game and it should have attracted more interest.
Free agency begins tomorrow (Thursday) at 3 p.m.as the Houston Texans try to convince cornerback A.J. Bouye to re-sign and continue playing in NRG Stadium. The team appeared on the field for the national anthem with matching blue kippot.
Is a first-round exit for Korea all that surprising, though? None of the players on the squad are on anyone's 40 man roster.
Israel is the only participant in this year's tournament not now among the top 20 in the world rankings.