Cinderella story? Underdog Israel shocks Korea in first World Baseball Classic game –

The World Baseball Classic got started Monday and it was the wee hours of the morning back here in America. The start time for the Israel vs. Korea bout was 4:30 a.m. ET. 

The Israel team can be considered one of the biggest longshots to take the crown in the entire tournament, hitting the diminutive Blake Gailen in the three-hole and starting retired MLBer Jason Marquis on the hill. 

They would take a 1-0 lead thanks to a bases loaded walk by Tyler Krieger in the second inning. The game would go into extra innings tied 1-1 and then Israel got its lead in the 10th on this hit by Scott Burcham: 

In the bottom half of the 10th, Josh Zeid would seal the game: 

There are, apparently, world baseball rankings, and of the teams in the 16-team WBC, Isreal is the only one not in the top 20. It’s actually not even close, ranked 41st in the world. Isreal entered the WBC with 200-to-1 odds to win it all. The biggest names on the team would be Sam Fuld, Marquis, Nate Frieman and Ryan Lavarnway

And they’re 1-0 so far. 

The Cinderella of the World Baseball Classic? Why not? Catch the Israel fever! 


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