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Israel Pounds Great Britain to be Last WBC Qualifier

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Israel 9 Great Britain 1

The game was scoreless until the fifth. A Scott Burcham single drove Brit starter Spencer Kreisberg from the game. Al Knowles got behind Blake Gailen in the count and he drove a 3-1 pitch over the right field fence to give the Israelis a 2-0 lead. After a walk and a new pitcher Ryan Lavarnway drove a ball over the left field fence on the second pitch from Rei Martinez to give the Israelis a 4-0 lead.

Zach Borenstein would drive in a run for Israel in the sixth with a triple. Cody Decker rocked a solo blast in the seventh to up the score to 6-0. Israel would finish off the scoring with a three spot in the eighth after Great Britain had scored their only run in the top of the inning.

Lavarnway added an RBI single in the eighth to give himself three RBIs in the game. Jason Marquis threw four no hit innings, striking out five in his start to perplex the British hitters. Josh Zeid continued the no hitter through the seventh inning. Great Britain finally got their first two hits in the eighth inning when they scored their lone run.

Israel will now go to Seoul to compete against South Korea, Netherlands and Taiwan in Pool B

Great Britain Nicks Brazil to Face Israel in Finals of WBC Qualifier

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Great Britain 4 Brazil 3

Chris Reed threw 4.2 innings of relief and was one out short from finishing the game. Reed was a first round of the Dodgers in the 2011 draft. Daniel Cooper did not retire a hitter, but still got the save by getting the last out. Juan Carlos Muniz, who had hit a two out double to drive Chris Reed from the game tried to steal third but was thrown out to end the game. Don’t know what he was thinking about to make the third out at third.

Great Britain pounded ex-major league pitcher Andre Rienzo for three runs in the third to never look back in the game. With two outs and the bases loaded Todd Isaacs is hit by a pitch to force in a run. He was the second hit batter in the inning. An error by shortstop Leonardo Reginatto allowed two more runs to score to give Great Britain a 3-2 lead.

A Kyle Simmons RBI single in the seventh upped the Brits lead to 4-2. Brazil scored a run in the top of the eighth courtesy of a Brit error and had the bases loaded with two out when Bo Bichette struck out to end the inning.

A Great Britain win and appearance in the World Baseball Classic in 2017 would help major league baseball promote their major league game they hope to schedule for Great Britain sometime in 2018.

Israel Advances to Winner’s Bracket with Shutout

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Israel 1 Brazil 0

Runs were scarce in the winner’s bracket match. Corey Baker pitched five innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit and three walks to set the stage for Israel in their shutout win over Brazil. Four other pitchers extended the shutout with Brad Goldberg retiring the side in order in the ninth to rack up the save.

Bo Takahashi threw the first four innings for Brazil and allowed the only run of the game. Murilo Gouvea relieved Takahashi and silenced the Israeli bats for three innings.

Nate Freiman delivered a lead off double in the fourth inning that led to the only run. An error by first baseman Dante Bichette moved Freiman to third where he scored on a sacrifice fly by Cody Decker.

Brazil rallied in the 8th with back to back two out singles but came up short. Ryan Sherriff came on in relief of Jeremy Bleich to retire the last hitter of the inning.

Great Britain 14 Pakistan 0

Not much of a game here with a six run fifth putting the game out of reach. Champ Stuart drove in three runs and Albert Cartwright crossed the plate three times, hitting two triples to lead the Brit offense. Pakistan could not overcome 14 hits and 8 walks.

Brazil and Israel Win WBC Qualifier Openers in Brooklyn

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The last qualifier country is being determined in Brooklyn this weekend. Brazil and Israel got off to good starts.

Brazil 10 Pakistan 0

Pakistan is the only country of the four who have no players in the minor leagues in the United States. They are coming here to compete and learn to get better. Brazil trounced them in the opener 10-0 in a game shortened to seven innings because of the slaughter rule. Jean Tome pitched 5.1 innings of three hit ball to quiet the Pakistan bats. Juan Carlos Muniz smashed a two run homerun in the fifth inning to extend the lead for Brazil from 4-0 to 6-0. Pakistan got a good lesson in the game today.

Israel 5 Great Britain 2

Michael Roth pitched a great game for Great Britain, working six innings of one run ball and departing with a 2-1 lead. When the Brits went to their bullpen the Israeli bats came alive.

The first two hitters Rhett Wiseman (single) and Scott Burcham (double) ripped hits off reliever Vaughn Harris. Mike Meyers hit a fly ball out deep enough to left field to score Wiseman and tie the game up. Zach Borenstein lined a single to right field to give Israel a 3-2 lead. Israel scored two more insurance runs when Ike Davis singled and Cody Decker hit a sacrifice fly to up the lead to 5-2.

Great Britain had just taken the lead in the top of the seventh after a Champ Stuart double with a wild pitch advancing him to third. Todd Isaacs drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

Brad Goldberg came on in the ninth to close out the game. He walked the leadoff hitter and then coughed up a double to Isaacs to put runners on second and third with no out. After a visit to the mound Goldberg ended the game with a popup and two strikeouts.

Great Britain will play Pakistan in a losers bracket game while Brazil faces off against Israel in the winners bracket contest. The winner of the losers bracket game will play the loser of the winners bracket contest.

European Championship Highlights

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

A big game between two undefeated teams turns out to be a blowout. One player hits three homeruns in the game to create the blowout. A couple upsets and a surprise undefeated team.

Netherlands 10 Czech Republic 0

A big game for Kalian Sams, who slugged three homeruns in his first three at bats to drive in seven runs. Curt Smith had a 4 for 4 day to drive in the other three runs. Lars Huder got the call on the bump for the big game and throws six innings of two hit shutout ball.

Spain 8 Italy 3

The big upset of the day. A five run ninth breaks a 3-3 tie, Oscar Angulo closing out the scoring with a three run blast. Blake Ochoa had a two run homer in the third to open up the scoring for Spain. Antonio Neguera tossed 4.2 innings of shutout ball in relief to quiet the Italian bats and ex-major league closer Rhiner Cruz pitched the last two innings to get the victory. Spain broke the tie in the ninth after three consecutive walks forced in the go ahead run, one of the walks being intentional.

Belguim 14 France 3

Belgium shocked France scoring six runs in the first inning to run away with the game. Thomas de Wolf crossed the plate four times, collecting a double and homerun to drive in two. Steven de Lannoy also went deep to drive in three runs. His 3-run homer in the first made the score 4-0. Kenny Vandenbranden went all nine innings to get the win.

Croatia 10 Greece 0

Croatia was another team to beat up on Greece. Philip Smith drove in three runs for Croatia with his four hits. Lead off hitter Andrija Tomic ignited the offense scoring four times with two hits, two hitbatsmen and two stolen bases. Antonio Horvatic tossed an eight inning shutout.

Germany 16 Russia 4

Ludwig Glaser drove in three runs with a homeruns and Maximilian Boldt and Shawn Larry also contributed three RBIs in the slaughter. Larry hit two triples and crossed the plate four times.

Sweden 9 Great Britain 6

The Swedes kept the Brits winless with an 11 inning victory. Two British errors and a hitbatsman did the damage to the Brits in the 11th inning. The Brits had rallied from a 5-0 deficit to get the game into extra innings.

Spain 6 France 0

Spain continued their unbeaten streak with a shutout of France, who dropped to 2-3. Leslie Nacar threw six innings of shutout ball to lead the Spanish to the win. Luis Guillorme drove in two runs and Jesus Ustariz blasted two doubles from his three hits to drive in a run and score another to lead the offense.

Germany 3 Czech Republic 1

In a game for second place in the pool Germany rallied for three runs in the ninth to pull out the victory. Christopher Howard had the RBI single to tie the game. Erik Brenk drove in the go ahead run with a single. Maximilian Schmitz retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up the win. He had come on in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and one out and walked in the go ahead run. He made amends for that error by striking out the next two hitters to limit the damage to one run. Radim Chroust pitched great for the Czechs, finally being removed after giving up a one out single in the ninth. Enorbel Marquez pitched seven innings of shutout ball for Germany, but was taken out in the 8th after giving up a leadoff double.

Netherlands 8 Sweden 3

The Netherlands took advantage of 9 walks and four errors to take down the Swedes. Kalian Sams did not hit a homerun but he roped a triple in the game.

Russia 11 Great Britain 5

Russia got their first win. The Brits went winless. Artemiy Artamonov drove in four runs. Daniil Khomyakov went deep, driving in two runs for the Russians. Great Britain had jumped out to an early 4-0 lead but Denis Leonov quieted the Brit bats in the last seven innings of relief work, striking out 11. The Russians scored all 11 of their runs in two innings, the sixth and seventh.

Italy 22 Croatia 4

Not much of a game as the Italians padded up their offensive stats. Allessandro Vaglio and Alex Liddi went deep for the Italians.

Belgium 18 Greece 1

Belgium became the latest team to pound on the hapless Greeks. It only took them four innings of offense to score their 18 runs.

Standings Pool A

Netherlands 5-0, Germany 4-1, Czech Republic 3-2, Sweden 2-3, Russia 1-4, Great Britain 0-5

Standings Pool B

Spain (5-0), Italy (4-1), Belgium (3-2), France (2-3), Croatia (1-4) and Greece (0-5)

Top three teams in each pool advance to the higher round.

European Championships - Day Three

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Again no big upsets in the European baseball championships.

Spain 6 Croatia 0

Lowuin Sacramento threw seven innings of four hit shutout ball, striking out 10 to pace Spain in their victory. Lesther Galvan drove in three with his two hits to pace the offense.

Czech Republic 6 Sweden 1

Boris Bokaj threw six shutout innings. Tomas Junec drove in two runs with his three hits to lead the offense. The Czechs remain undefeated after three games but have their big test today when they face the Netherlands.

France 7 Greece 1

Marc-Andre Habeck limited the Greeks to just one run in his seven innings of work. Frederic Hanvi carried the big bat with his three hits in three at bats driving in three runs. Two of his three hits were two baggers.

Netherlands 3 Russia 1

Russian pitcher Nikolay Markov limited the Netherlands bats to just two runs in seven innings. The Russian bats could manage just one run off the duo of Mike Bolsenbroek and Orlando Yntema. The big bat for the Netherlands was Chadwick Tromp, who slugged a two run blast in the second inning that proved to be the difference. Curt Smith added a solo shot in the 8th after Russia scored one to reduce the lead to one.

Germany 3 Great Britain 2

Errors killed the Brits leading to unearned runs in the first and fifth innings. Maximilian Boldt broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the seventh, his third hit of the game. Maximilian Schmitz tossed two perfect innings to finish off the victory for the Germans.

Italy 15 Belgium 0

Italy scored in all five innings, an 8 spot in the fifth ending it. Eight different players for the Italians drove in a run. Carlos Richetti threw the abbreviated five inning shutout, giving up just four hits.

Second Day of European Baseball Championships

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

The second day of the European championships found the games a bit more competitive. No big upsets.

Netherlands 10 Germany 2

Germany is rising in the ranks of European baseball, but they still have a ways to go to compete with Netherlands. A six run third inning in which the errors (3) exceeded the hits (2) created the nightmare for Germany. A familiar name to the baseball circles Roger Bernadina hit a solo homer in the fourth after the Netherlands had built a 8-2 lead. Kalian Sams had another good game with two doubles. Simon Guehring had three hits for Germany in a losing cause.

Italy 6 France 3

Allessandro Vaglio scored four of the six runs for Italy to fuel their win. Vaglio drove in the first run for Italy with a solo shot to lead off the second inning. He walked to lead off the fourth and sixth innings to score two runs and a two out double in the seventh led to the last Italian run.

Sweden 8 Russia 1

The Swedes got their first victory with Emil Sahlin going seven to get the win. He did walk six and allowed five hits but only one unearned run crossed the plate. Johan Klarberg and Mathew Merrifield each drove in two runs to lead the offense. Joel Johnson blasted two doubles and crossed the plate three times from the lead off spot to ignite the offense.

Spain 12 Greece 1

Spain remained undefeated easily handling the team from Greece. Jesus Ustariz ripped a three run homer in the opening frame, his second homer in two days to lead the Spanish team to victory. Yancarlo Franco drove in four runs with two doubles. Jorge Balboa threw five shutout innings before leaving the game after Spain held a comfortable lead. The Greeks scored their only run on a solo shot from Max Gouoren in the sixth after Spain was up 8-0.

Czech Republic 4 Great Britain 1

The Czechs show how far they have advanced in baseball by winning their second, sending the British to their second loss. Petr Zyma mashed a two run homer in the fourth to give the Czechs a comfortable 4-0 lead. Martin Schneider pitched five innings of shutout ball to get the win. Greg Hendrix came on for Great Britain and threw the last four innings without giving up a run to keep the Brits in the game. Conrad Cornell came up with two men on in the sixth and eighth representing the tying run, but struck out and grounded out to foil any comeback.

Belgium 5 Croatia 1

The two teams combined for 24 hits, but Belgium took greater advantage of their 13. Hens Heyrman drove in two runs, accumulating three hits. Terrance Antonacci went the distance to get the win, throwing 126 pitches.

Day One of the European Championships

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

September is the time when the countries of Europe do battle for the top country in European baseball. Netherlands (21) and Italy (10) have been the big winners but Belgium and Spain have won championships. This was the opening day for the two groups hosted by Netherlands.

Netherlands 11 Great Britain 1

The Netherlands pounced on Great Britain on opening day. Kalian Sams and Dashenko Ricardo went deep for the Netherlands. Four players combined for two RBIs each as the bats spread out their offense. Diego Markwell limited the Englishmen to two hits in his six innings of work. The game was stopped after seven innings because of the 10 run rule.

Italy 21 Greece 2

Mattia Reginato hit for the cycle in a 4 for 4 day driving in six runs to lead the Italians in a battering of Greece. Erick Epifano slugged three doubles to drive in four runs in the offensive onslaught that had the mercy rule invoked after seven innings. Ex-major leaguer Alex Liddi went deep in the game for one of his two hits to drive in three runs.

Germany 4 Sweden 0

Maximilian Boldt drove in three of the four runs for the Germans with two sacrifice flies and a single. Enorbel Marquez limited the Swedes to just two hits in his six innings of work before turning it over to the bullpen for the final three innings. This was the only game of the day that went 9 innings.

Czech Republic 12 Russia 0

The Czechs were a little too much for the Russians. Matej Hejma went deep twice to drive in four runs in another game shortened by seven innings because of the slaughter rule. Radim Chroust shutout the Russians for the first four innings then turned the ball over to Michael Sobotka, who completed the shutout in the last three innings.

France 16 Croatia 1

France scored in every inning but one. Croatian pitchers helped the cause with 12 walks and five hit batters. Rene Leveret had the big bat driving in four runs despite only one hit, a two run double. He also drew two walks with the bases loaded. Leonel Cespedes threw six complete innings to get the win.

Spain 11 Belgium 1

Oscar Angulo was a doubles machine, cranking out four two baggers to drive in two and score three in Spain’s big slaughter over Belgium. Jesus Martinez slugged a big three run homer in the first inning, finishing the game with five RBIs. Jesus Ustariz added a two run homer in the fifth.

Great Britain WBC Qualifying Roster

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

This is the roster for the Great Britain team playing in the WBC qualifying game September 22-25. There are some journeymen minor leaguers on this team (Mike Roth and Chris Reed). Another roster player Jacob Esch was recently promoted to the major leagues by the Miami Marlins so his roster position is in question. The major leagues does not allow any player on a 40-man roster to participate in international tournaments. Below is the roster for Great Britain:

Right Handed Pitchers

Nolan Bond, Cody Chartrand, Daniel Cooper, Steven Encarnacion, Barry Enright, Jacob Esch, Paul Kirkpatrick, Spencer Kreisberg, Rei Martinez

Left Handed Pitchers

Gregory Hendrix, Ali Knowles, Chris Reed, Michael Roth, Blake Taylor

Catchers

Chris Berset, Mitch Evans

Infielders

Maikel Azcuy, Albert Cartwright, Jasrado Chisholm, Richard Kiljn, Jordan Serena, Kyle Simmons

Outfield

Jordan Edmonds, Todd Isaacs, Reshard Munroe, Byron Murray, Antoan Richardson, Champ Stuart

2017 WBC Pools Announced

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Below are the pools for the 2017 WBC held in March. The United States will have a tough haul to advance, placed in the same pool as the defending champion Dominican Republic.

Pool A (Tokyo at the Tokyo Dome March 7-10)

Australia, China, Cuba and Japan

Pool B (Seoul at Gocheok Skydome March 7-10)

Taiwan, South Korea, Netherlands (and winner of final WBC qualifier between Great Britain, Pakistan, Israel and Brazil)

Pool C (Miami at Marlins Park March 9-12)

Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic and United States

Pool D (Guadalajara, Mexico at Estadio Charros de Jalisco March 9-12)

Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela

Second Round

Pool E (March 12-15 in Tokyo at Tokyo Dome)

Pool A winner and runner up and Pool B winner and runner up

Pool F (March 14 - 18 in San Diego at Petco Park)

Pool C winner and runner up and Pool D winner and runner up

Semifinals (Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium March 20-21)

Pool F winner versus Pool E runner up and Pool E winner versus Pool F runner up

Championship (Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium March 22)

Semifinal 1 winner versus semifinal 2 winner