Israel Stuns Cuba 4-1 To Continue Cinderella Run In Baseball Classic

Lavarnway celebrates with his teammates after hitting a two run homer against Taiwans pitcher Chen Kuan Yu during their first round game of the World Baseball Classic at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul South Korea

Lavarnway celebrates with his teammates after hitting a two run homer against Taiwans pitcher Chen Kuan Yu during their first round game of the World Baseball Classic at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul South Korea

Winning isn't the only thing that Team Israel is doing at the World Baseball Classic.

"Make no mistake", said coach Jerry Weinstein, "Our attitude is that we are representing Israel". Team Israel is ranked 41st in the world.

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Israel took advantage of timely hits and solid pitching to beat Cuba 4-1 and improve to 4-0.

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Cuba has more than a century of baseball tradition; people in Israel have little interest in the sport.

Cuban starter Noelvis Entenza had a much better outing than he did in round one against Japan. After Entenza came a parade of four relievers, Yera, Jose Angel Garcia, Liván Moinelo, all ineffective, and Yosvani Torres, the bright spot, only faced one batter forcing a double play in the last Israeli at-bat.

Cuba, with its rich baseball history and a national team that has medalled in all five Olympic baseball tournaments, was first on the board, after slugger Alfredo Despaigne drove a solo home run to left-center in the second inning. In 2012, Israel's inaugural WBC team narrowly missed making the tournament. Israel next faces the Netherlands Monday.

Most of the players are American Jews, among them several current and former major leaguers.

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