One terrific game today in Brooklyn and one blowout.
Team Israel and Team Brazil both managed just three hits in a pitcher’s duel, but Israel pushed across one run to edge Brazil and advance to the qualifier finals on Sunday.
Cardinals minor leaguer Corey Baker started for Israel and held Brazil to just one hit over five innings, which came in the first inning. But Baker did get in trouble in the top of the fourth inning when two walks and two wild pitches put runners on second and third with two outs. But Baker got Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette to ground out to end the threat.
Baker was almost matched by Diamondbacks minor leaguer Bo Takahashi. But in the bottom of the fourth, Takahashi allowed a leadoff double to Nate Freiman. Freiman would go to third on an error and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Cody Decker for the only run of the game. Takahashi allowed only two hits over his four-inning start.
The rest of the game was all pitching. Former Astros minor leaguer Murilo Gouvea tossed three scoreless innings for Brazil, giving up just one hit. Israel’s bullpen combined for four scoreless innings and White Sox minor leaguer Brad Goldberg pitched a perfect ninth inning for his second save in as many games.
With the win, Israel advances to Sunday’s final. They will face the winner of Saturday’s Brazil/Great Britain Game.
Great Britain 14, Pakistan 0 in 7 innings (mercy rule)
The ride ended for the overmatched Team Pakistan as Great Britain scored in every inning but the first to win their first game out the tournament in seven innings, 14-0. Pakistan committed more errors (three) than they had hits in this game.
Great Britain starter Greg Hendrix held Pakistan to just one hit over four innings. Meanwhile, the British team scored one run in the second inning, two in the third, one in the fourth, six in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the seventh to win easily.
Eighteen-year-old Diamondbacks prospect Jasrado Chisholm went 3 for 5 with a double and two stolen bases. Independent league player Albert Cartwright hit a pair of triples and walked once. Mets minor leaguer Champ Stuart had a pair of singles that drove in three runs total.
Great Britain will now take on Brazil tomorrow at 7 pm Central time with the winner advancing to the tournament finals with Israel and the loser going home.