Profar extends World Baseball Classic hitting streak in win

  • Profar extends World Baseball Classic hitting streak in win

Profar extends World Baseball Classic hitting streak in win

Team Israel plays the Netherlands on Monday, March 13, in second-round Pool E play of the World Baseball Classic in Tokyo.

Gregorius continued to produce offenses for the Netherlands and his three-run homer in the fourth put the Dutch ahead 10-0.

Hitting fourth in front of Gregorius, Balentien had a two-run single in the third inning and a run-scoring single the in fourth.

It started out as a feel-good story last week when Team Israel - the 41st-ranked baseball team in the world with its Mensch On The Bench mascot and Jew Crew T-shirts - swept the well-respected teams from Korea, Taiwan and the Netherlands in Pool A of the quadrennial event under the cloak of time-zone obscurity in Seoul.

Gregorius also drove in a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly when the Netherlands added two more runs.

Prince's Bay resident and ex-Tottenville HS standout Jason Marquis gave Israel a solid start, tossing 5 2/3 inning while allowing only four hits and one run. Later that day, Cuba plays a second game and faces off with the Netherlands at 8:00 p.m. PST.

Team Israel wears their kippot during Hatikvah, the national anthem of Israel, before a game against Great Britain on September 22, 2016.

That means the Israelis, the surprise team so far in the tournament, have one win and one loss in the second round and must win their final game of the round - against host Japan - to make it to the semifinals in Los Angeles.

"We just didn't pitch well tonight", Israel manager Jerry Weinstein said. Israel had a chance to strike early after Ike Davis doubled with two outs in the bottom of the first, but Jurrjens got Freiman to ground out to second, and the Netherlands scored twice in the second and never looked back.

The rest of the team is made up of younger players at the bottom rungs of professional baseball and a few who have tasted the big leagues in the past and are trying to rekindle their careers. A loss to Japan would complicate matters significantly for Israel: At 1-2, it would need help from Cuba and the Netherlands to avoid being eliminated outright, depending on how Tuesday's action plays out.