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21 August 2017 - 30 Av 5777 - ל' אב ה' אלפים תשע"ז
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Israel beaten in World Baseball Classic in Tokyo E-mail

Team Israel saw its Cinderella run at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) end in March with a loss to Japan in Tokyo. Japan snapped a scoreless tie with five runs in the sixth inning on the way to an 8-3 victory in front of more than 40,000 fans packed into the Tokyo Dome.

Israel, the lowest-ranked team to qualify for the showcase tournament, dropped its last two games in the second round and did not advance to the semifinals in Los Angeles. Japan, with a tournament record of 6-0, and the Netherlands advanced from Pool E.

Israel had startled the baseball world by opening the tournament with four straight victories, including a 4-1 win over powerhouse Cuba in the first game of the second round, but lost 12-2 to the Netherlands and needed to beat Japan to move on. In the first round, the Israelis squeaked past third-ranked South Korea, 2-1, in extra innings, outscored fourth-ranked Taiwan, 15-7, and defeated ninth-ranked the Netherlands, 4-2, to finish first in Pool A with a 3-0 record.

This is the first year that Israel has qualified for the tournament. In 2012, its inaugural WBC squad narrowly missed advancing past the qualifiers.

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