The final game for the World Baseball Classic qualifier is now set, as with last night’s 4-3 win over Team Brazil, Team Great Britain has moved on to the Finals. They will face Team Israel for the final spot in the World Baseball Classic
Former Brooklyn Cyclones pitcher Blake Taylor made his return to the mound of MCU Park. Taylor spent the 2016 baseball season with the Kingsport Mets, as he is coming back from Tommy John Surgery. Taylor got the start for Great Britain and was throwing the heat early on.
After two scoreless innings, Taylor ran into trouble in the Top of the 3rd.
Fernando Luciano led off with a single, but Lucas Rojo grounded into a 4-3 double play. Back-to-back singled by Gabriel Maciel and Irait Chirino made it 1st & 3rd. A wild pitch by Taylor moved Chirino to 2nd, which allowed him to score on a two-run double by Leonardo Reginatto. Reginatto stole 2nd, but Dante Bichette Jr. flew out to end the inning.
p style=”text-align:justify;”>Great Britain quickly bounced back against Brazil starter Andre Rienzo. Chavez Young led off with a single and took 2nd on a balk. Kyle Simmons doubled on a bloop pop-up that couldn’t be caught, moving Young to 3rd. Antoan Richard was hit by pitch to load the bases. Rienzo struck out Jasardo Chisholm and Champ Stuart before hitting Isaacs with a pitch to score Young. Jordan Serena reached on an error that scored Simmons & Richardson, but the inning ended when Isaacs was thrown out at 3rd, giving Great Britain a 3-2 lead.
Great Britain added a run in the Bottom of the 7th as Simmons singled in Maciel.
Great Britain ran into trouble in the Top of the 8th, as Reinaldo Sato hit a 1-out single to left and scored a batter later on an error to make it a 1-run game. Brazil loaded the bases, but pitcher Chris Reed struck out Maciel & Bo Bichette to escape the jam.
Reed ran into trouble in the Top of the 9th, as Juan Carlos Muniz hit a 2-out double. Reed was pulled for Daniel Cooper. With Sato up, Muniz was caught trying to steal 3rd, ending the game and giving the British a 4-3 win.
Team Great Britain will take on Team Israel today at 6:00 PM. The winner will become the final team to participate in the World Baseball Classic. The gates of MCU Park open at 4:30 PM.