A four-run 5th broke open a 1-0 game for Team Israel, which shut out the Nats, 9-0. Washington left ten baserunners on base and was 1-for-10 with RISP.
Cade Cavalli got the start and allowed the first run on three hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out six but was tagged with the “L.”
James Wood got the start in CF and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. He also saw time in right field after the Nats began subbing in quite a few minor-leaguers, most notably Max Romero, who collected the only extra-base hit (a two-out double in the 6th) and singled for two of the six (6) hits mustered by the Nationals.
Here’s how the rest of the Watchlisters did:
- Darren Baker took over 2B from Luis García and went 1-for-3.
- T.J. White played 1B after Dominic Smith and struck out twice in two ABs.
- Trey Lipscomb pinch-hit for DH Corey Dickerson and grounded out in the 6th.
- Roismar Quintana pinch-hit for Lipscomb and drew a leadoff walk in the 8th.
- Armando Cruz replaced C.J. Abrams at SS and went 0-for-2 with a whiff.
- Elijah Green replaced Wood in the lineup and played CF. He singled to lead off the 7th and struck out to end the 8th.
- Brady House subbed for Ildemaro Vargas at 3B but fanned in both trips to the plate.
- Daylen Lile followed
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- José Ferrer got knocked around for four runs on four hits and two walks while retiring just one of seven batters faced in the 5th.
- Matt Cronin threw for the cycle as he gave up a single, double, triple, and a homer (in that order) and four runs while getting two out in the 9th.
- Jack Sinclair got the last out in the 9th on a Cruz-to-White groundout.
Team Israel, which lost to the Marlins on Wednesday, 11-5, moves on to play in Pool D of the WBC against Nicaragua on Sunday, Puerto Rico on Monday, the D.R. on Tuesday, and then Venezuela on the 15th. So in other words, their competition will be a wee bit better over the next four games.
Miami comes to West Palm Beach tonight to play Washington. Patrick Corbin will make his third start of the spring against former National minor-leaguer Jesús Luzardo. The game can be heard locally on 106.7FM.