World Baseball Classic 2013 Qualifying Results: Why Germany Will Be Dangerous

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2012

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Please, have mercy on the British.

The Germans absolutely handed it to Great Britain in Sunday's World Baseball Classic qualifying game by a score of 16-1 in a shortened mercy-rule victory.

Germany plated 16 runs on 13 hits, including three hits from Atlanta Braves' prospect Matt Weaver, as the MiLB tweeted.

#Braves infield prospect Matt Weaver nearly hits for the cycle, plates four for Germany at the World Baseball Classic.

— (@MinorLeagues) September 23, 2012

The Germans were relentless from the beginning, scoring three runs in the first inning, two in the second and then sealing it with four in the fifth, one in the sixth and six in the seventh.

On the mound, Enorbel Marquez handled his part, striking out eight and surrendering just two hits over the shortened seven-inning game.

After his dominant performance, Marquez told, "The game was really important for us. I knew that we had to win. I just did my best and it worked out. The coach just told me we have to win to advance, and I did all I could."

What was most impressive about the German team was how comfortable they were while hitting with two outs and runners in scoring position.

Eight of the 16 runs scored by the Germans came with two outs. Overall, Germany was 6-for-16 with RISP and cranked two home runs and two doubles in the landslide win.

Germany will see Canada—who they lost to on Saturday night by a score of 16-7—on Monday at 1 p.m. ET in the pool final to determine a spot in the 2013 WBC.

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