Nicaragua remains 0-2 in the Clasico.
Miami Garrett Stubbs hit a three-run, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth as Israel beat Nicaragua 3-1 on Sunday in its World Baseball Classic opener.
Stubbs scored two of Israel’s seven shots. His bases-loaded double with two outs came against Jonathan Loaisiga, the New York Yankees reliever and arguably the best pitcher in the Nicaraguan bullpen.
Spencer Horwitz and Noah Mendlinger scored after Stubbs’ shot bounced off the left-field wall at LoanDepot Park. Horwitz equalized a few minutes ago with a simple run.
“That’s what I expect from this team, to go all 27 outs and fight until the last one,” said Israel manager Ian Kinsler, a former Texas Rangers outfielder.
Winner Richard Blair took credit for the win, recording a pair of strikeouts to cover the inning.
Nicaragua took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Steven Leighton’s double scored Sandy Bermudez. They just lost to Puerto Rico in their debut and finished with an 0-2 record in the Clasico.
Author: Associated Press
Source: Prime Ahora