Date: Mar 08, 2017
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
Taiwan suffered a humbling defeat to start the World Baseball Classic (WBC), defeated
15-7 by Israel, while in the other Pool A game yesterday the Netherlands shut out hosts South Korea 5-0.
The Israel line-up pounded 20 hits in the game at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, including two homers, one triple and two doubles, pummeling six pitchers sent to the mound by Taiwan manager Kuo Tai-yuan.
In the top of the ninth, Israel had a 15-3 lead and looked assured of a comfortable victory, but Taiwan added a modicum of respectability to the score by getting a walk and stringing together five hits to drive in the final four runs.
Israel have proved a surprise package after defeating South Korea 2-1 in 10 innings in Pool A’s opener on Monday.
Their two wins have placed them in prime position to advance to the next round.
Israel’s 20 hits and 15 runs set the record for most hits and most runs against Taiwan in WBC action, surpassing Japan’s 15 hits in their 14-3 win in 2006 and Cuba’s 14-0 victory in second-round action in 2013. [FULL STORY]