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Sunday, September 23, 2012

WBC September Qualifiers Saturday Wrap-Up and Sunday (GER-GB, ESP-ISR)

Saturday’s results:
South Africa 5, France 2 (11 innings, France eliminated)
Great Britain 12, Czech Republic 5 (CR eliminated)
Canada 16, Germany 7 (Canada to pool finals)
Spain 13, South Africa 3 (Spain to pool finals, South Africa eliminated)


Sunday’s games:
Germany vs. Great Britain (8:00 AM, winner to finals, loser eliminated)
Spain vs. Israel (5:00 PM, POOL FINALS)

All games on worldbaseballclassic.com, Israel vs. Spain on MLB Network.

Gamingboy Posted: September 23, 2012 at 12:22 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM (#4243605)
And another mercy rule game. Not too surprising, though.
   2. Gamingboy Posted: September 23, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4243643)
Yes. Really, the big difference between these teams is so often depth. The lesser teams are able to hold tough for 4-7 innings, but after that, once it becomes a game that requires deeper bullpens, they are usually toast. Only shot that I can see of Germany beating Canada is if the Canadian starter lays a gigantic egg and Germany is able to get a big lead early that they are able to barely keep.
   3. Gamingboy Posted: September 23, 2012 at 05:17 PM (#4243759)
(BTW, the Israel-Spain game will be on tape delay on MLB Network)
   4. RMc is Fairly Irrefutable Posted: September 23, 2012 at 05:19 PM (#4243764)
(BTW, the Israel-Spain game will be on tape delay on MLB Network)

At 8pm. Why tape-delay it? They don't want to go up against (shudder) football...?!
   5. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: September 23, 2012 at 07:06 PM (#4243816)
Maybe they should just go to live coverage, since this game isn't going to be done by 8. It's after 7 and they just finished the 4th inning.
   6. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: September 23, 2012 at 09:07 PM (#4243864)
Keeping on track, 2 hours later and we're going to the 9th, tied at 7.
   7. Gamingboy Posted: September 23, 2012 at 09:24 PM (#4243869)
Extras. Heck of a game.
   8. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: September 23, 2012 at 09:26 PM (#4243871)
Extra innings! Frieman's up for Israel in the 10th, so Spain better get at least one here.
   9. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: September 23, 2012 at 09:30 PM (#4243872)
Israel's catcher just got tossed, apparently for arguing a ball four. Beltre's on first.
   10. . . . . . . . . . . Posted: September 23, 2012 at 09:31 PM (#4243873)
To be fair, it was a dogshit call.
   11. . . . . . . . . . . Posted: September 23, 2012 at 09:34 PM (#4243874)
This Zeid fellow has some talent. Big guy, heavy fastball.
   12. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: September 23, 2012 at 09:42 PM (#4243879)
Yunesky! Spain goes up 9-7!

(He's my rooting interest since he was on the Somerset Patriots this year.)
   13. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 23, 2012 at 09:45 PM (#4243880)
I'm disappointed. The current versions of Spain and Israel are pretty evenly matched but Israel would be so much stronger and more interesting in the wbc.
   14. Gamingboy Posted: September 23, 2012 at 09:52 PM (#4243884)
This is the best game of the tourney so far.
   15. . . . . . . . . . . Posted: September 23, 2012 at 09:58 PM (#4243886)
What a bummer. Thanks for moving up the qualifiers so the best Jewish players couldn't play, MLB.
   16. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: September 23, 2012 at 10:02 PM (#4243888)
Yes! Really good game.

While I know it won't be as good as the Israel team could be, are there any MLBers who could be on the Spanish team? Most obviously, some of the Cubans who, ah, won't be playing for Cuba.

(And yes, I've been waiting to ask that so I didn't jinx anything.)
   17. Gamingboy Posted: September 23, 2012 at 10:07 PM (#4243890)
Spain won. Now watch the next WBC have straight-up double elimination so Israel would have had a chance at getting a second chance to clinch.
   18. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: September 23, 2012 at 10:49 PM (#4243907)
Not that that's a good reason to make the change, but it's a good change to make.
   19. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: September 24, 2012 at 07:20 AM (#4243979)
So a bunch of Jewish players would have played for Israel in the WBC? I'm glad they lost. That's just stupid.
   20. . . . . . . . . . . Posted: September 24, 2012 at 07:37 AM (#4243985)
Team Israel was almost entirely American Jews, even at this stage. It's just that the the best Jews couldn't play in-season; and even if the guys that mIght make Team USA wouldn't play for Israel (ie Kinsler and Braun), we could really have used the pitching of the handful of Jewish MLB guys.

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