Brazil and Israel Win WBC Qualifier Openers in Brooklyn

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.

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