More than 40,000 fans packed the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday to cheer the home team to an 8-3 victory over Israel.
Israel was the lowest-ranked team to qualify for the World Baseball Classic. Yet the club started the tournament last week to win its pool in the first round and become the only team to come out of the qualifying round and go undefeated.
Israel is now 4-1 in the tournament overall, and 1-1 in the second round of the 16-team quadrennial tournament.
Israel beat the Netherlands on Thursday by a score of 4-2 to finish first in its pool in the first round of the quadrennial baseball tournament, in which 16 countries are represented.
Israel overwhelmed the Chinese Taipei team 15-7 early Tuesday in Seoul for its second straight win in the country’s first appearance in the tournament.
Israel on Monday in Seoul topped Korea 2-1 in the 10th inning. Team Israel had 8 hits to Korea’s 7 in the hard-fought game.
“I want to apologize for my offensive comments against the LGBT community,” he said in a statement issued Wednesday evening.
Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire was honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Award in Israel for his philanthropy and leadership in building bridges among communities.
Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, was waived by the Pelicans on Saturday, after suffering a broken thumb Thursday night in his debut with the team.
While hardly on par with the New York, Boston and London marathons that draw world-class runners, the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv races are huge for Israel, attracting growing numbers of competitors and providing welcome jolts to the economy.