IBL: Feliciano inspires Blue Sox

Team defeats Modi'in Miracle 7-4; Ra'anana Express snaps a three-game losing streak, beating the last-place Petah Tikva Pioneers 12-3.

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The Beit Shemesh Blue Sox defeated the Modi'in Miracle 7-4 behind a strong pitching performance from Dominican right-hander Juan Feliciano. Feliciano picked up his fifth win with seven innings of work, giving up three earned runs on six hits while striking out eight and walking five. Miracle centerfielder Adalberto Paulino went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI, but it wasn't enough as manager Art Shamsky's club falls 3.5 games behind the first-place Blue Sox. The Tel Aviv Lighting kept within a game of the Sox, defeating the Netanya Tigers 8-3. Canadian leftfielder Josh Matlow led the Lightning offense going 2-for-3 with his first IBL home run and four RBI to raise his average to .353. Dominican shortstop Raul Franco added two RBI and two runs score on a 3-for-3 night. Meanwhile, the fifth place Ra'anana Express snapped a three-game losing streak to beat the last-place Petah Tikva Pioneers 12-3. The loss drops the Pioneers 12.5 games out of first place. Petah Tikva's sloppy defense led to five unearned runs and the Express offense did its part to capitalize as centerfielder Matt Castillo went 3-4 with two RBI. First baseman Jesse Michel of California chipped in with two hits and two RBI while Dominican catcher Juan Ramirez launched his eighth home run of the season.