On March 12, 2017 — In the first second-round game of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Israel continues its amazing run, winning its fourth straight game, 4 – 1 over Cuba. The Israelis overcome an early solo homer by Alfredo Despaigne as Blake Gailen drives in a couple of runs and Josh Zeid gets out of a bases-loaded jam in the 9th. In the other second-round game, Japan needs 11 innings to dispose of the Netherlands, 8 – 6. Starting the 11th with two men on base due to the Schiller rule, the Japanese execute their strategy perfectly, starting with a sacrifice bunt, and score both runners; but the Dutch are unable to follow suit, as their own bunt is popped up to the catcher and they strand both runners to suffer the loss.
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