First baseman Nate Freiman hit two home runs for a second straight game as
Israel beat Spain 4-2 in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic on
Friday, putting the blue-and-white one win away from a guaranteed spot in the
tournament in March.
Freiman, a standout first baseman for the San Diego
Padres’ Class AA San Antonio Missions, matched his home run output from
Thursday’s 7-3 victory over South Africa, accounting for Israel’s 4 RBIs in
In the modified double-elimination format, Spain will
play the winner of the matchup between France and South Africa on
Israel will face off against the winner of that encounter in
Sunday’s championship game.
“Baseball’s just a game where you have enough
at-bats over enough time, good things will happen and bad things will
It’s good to see the ball,” said Freiman, who has driven in six
of of Israel’s 11 runs in its two wins in Florida.
Just three players on
the national team are Israeli-born and raised, with 25 others being
Jewish-Americans playing in the minor leagues, mostly in Double-A.
player eligible for Israeli citizenship is allowed to play for the
Justin Schumer of the Giants High-A San Jose San
Francisco Giants got the win for Israel with 5.2 innings, allowing only one
unearned run and six hits.JTA contributed to this report.