Israel has already shocked baseball fans by winning its second game in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The team from the Jewish state beat Chinese Taipei, 15-7, on Tuesday at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, in the second game of the tournament. This was Israel’s second win in as many days, putting it in the prime position to advance to the next round.
Israel started off strong with four consecutive hits and scoring four runs in the top of the first inning.
This is Israel’s first Classic and it is 2-0 in Pool A, having beat host Korea, 2-1, in 10 innings on Monday. Israel can win Pool A if it beats the Netherlands on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET). The top two teams from each of the four pools advance.
Team Israel manager Jerry Weinstein is not letting the team’s early success distract them. The team is focused on the next game, not the next round.
“One of the goals is to not put the cart before the horse,” Weinstein said. “We’re not in the second round yet. We’re preparing for the game with the Netherlands and that’s what we’re thinking about right now. My experience has been that when you start getting ahead of yourself, you get out in the future, you’re not taking care of the present. We need to take care of what we’re doing here right now and when we know we’re going to be in next round, then we’ll start talking about the next round.”
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